We often come across sayings and phrases like ‘never give up’, ‘believe in your dreams’, ‘the best is yet to come’ and many more in our day-to-day life while reading books or on social media platforms or via any other medium and we always give a second thought to these sayings that are they just hypothetical collection of words or they really ever become a practical reality. Well, if we look at this girl’s life then ‘yes’, these are not just sayings they are indeed very powerful and meaningful words. This girl who recently fulfilled her dreams with her hardwork and dedication is Philippines’ Catriona Gray, the current winner of the prestigious Miss Universe pageant.
Born and brought in Australia and the Philippines, Catriona Gray is a perfect representation of a 21st century woman who is strong, independent, well-spoken, academically driven, humble, confident and there are not enough and appropriate superlatives that could completely and properly define this beauty queen. She proved to the world or the universe rather that if you really work towards achieving your dreams then nothing is impossible. Winning the Miss Universe title was not a cakewalk for this young woman. She had to work extremely hard and patiently wait for the right moment for a few years to taste the victory.
Her tryst with pageantry began in the year 1999 when she was elected Little Miss Philippines. It might have sounded like a kids show back then however little did the world know that this little girl was going to conquer the universe in next few years. Years later in 2016, she entered the Miss World Philippines beauty pageant and was crowned the eventual winner. Winning the Miss World Philippines 2016 title gave her the rights to represent the Philippines at the annual Miss World beauty pageant. She instantly became a huge sensation in the pageant industry and was considered a major front runner for the coveted title of Miss World 2016. She was there in the winners list of all the pageant experts and followers across the globe. However, destiny had some other plans for her may be. At the Miss World 2016 pageant in the USA, Catriona could only make it up to the Top 5. It might have looked like a failure to some people the world however to this beauty this rejection turned out to be her biggest motivation.
She kept working hard for next 2 years and then came with more strength and momentum in the year 2018. In 2016, she entered the Philippines’ biggest and oldest annual beauty pageant, the Binibining Pilipinas pageant and walked away with the winner’s crown. Euphoria gripped the Philippines and the entire pageant community in the world when she was elected Miss Universe Philippines 2018. Winning the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 beauty pageant bestowed her with the golden opportunity to represent the Philippines at the biggest and most respected international beauty pageant in the world, the Miss Universe pageant.
The Miss Universe 2018 beauty pageant took place in the beautiful land of Thailand. Philippines’ Catriona Gray was a major front runner and crowd favourite candidate for the crown even before the pageant began. Her beauty, grace, charm and intellect were indeed unmatchable. Even before the commencement of the Miss Universe pageant, several pageant experts and followers knew that this year it’s going to the year of the Philippines and that turned into a beautiful reality on December 17, 2018 in Thailand when this Filipina beauty was crowned Miss Universe 2018. She became the fourth Filipina to win this prestigious beauty pageant. Till date Catriona Gray is the only Filipina to win both the Miss World Philippines and Miss Universe Philippines titles. Her journey to this fascinating world of glitz and glamour has been nothing but inspirational. She is a perfect embodiment of the phrase ‘Confidently beautiful Filipina with a heart’, the phrase that was immortalized by Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines. The Philippines is considered as the number 1 nation in the pageant industry and it is all because of the love and dedication of its people like Catriona Gray and Pia Wurtzbach who never gave up on their dreams and continue to work hard and made their nation proud.