Miss Philippines Catriona Gray Is The New Miss Universe 2018

By | August 3, 2019

Catriona Gray made it to the head lines when she was crowed as Miss Universe 2018. But, it was not the first time when she has won such a title. The girl is amazingly talented and has started winning hearts at an early age. And not just this, She has been working closely with NGOs like Young Focus Philippines, and Love Yourself Philippines, and now as Miss Universe, plans to bring more awareness to the epidemic. Let’s take a look at her graph.

Catriona Gray Early Life

She was born in Cairns, Australia to a Filipina mother and a Scottish-Australian father. She lived in Cairns until she finished her schooling and later moved to Philippines. Catriona had won her first beauty pageant in her childhood, showing her early signs of a future beauty queen. Joey de Leon, one of the former pageant hosts, had shared a throwback picture on Instagram to mark her Miss Universe win.

Catriona Gray Pageant History

Let’s see what her pageant history looks like.

Little Miss Philippines 1999

Her journey into the world of pageantry started in 1999 when she was crowned Little Miss Philippines in Sydney at the age of five.

Miss World Philippines 2016

On 2 October 2016, Gray won Miss World Philippines 2016 where she won special awards for Best in Swimsuit, Best in Evening Gown, Best in Fashion Runway, and Best in Talent. In addition, Gray won a number of corporate endorsement awards that are Miss FIG Image Gateway, Miss Folded and Hung, Miss Figlia, Miss Hannah Beach Resort, Miss Manila Hotel and Miss Organique.

Miss World 2016

After winning the national competition, she competed at Miss World 2016 where she got placed among the Top 5. There, Gray won these awards too:

  • Multimedia Award
  • Talent Award (2nd place)
  • Top 5 (Beauty with a Purpose project)

Binibining Pilipinas 2018

In January 2018, Gray applied for Binibining Pilipinas 2018 and went ahead to compete with the other beauty queens. For her national costume contest, Gray carried a Muslim princess outfit from the Mindanao region, and won this contest. On 18 March 2018, she was crowned as Miss Universe Philippines 2018 by the outgoing titleholder Rachel Peters. During the contest, Gray was awarded for Best in National Costume, Best in Swimsuit, and Best in Evening Gown, and won corporate awards titled ‘Miss Jag Denim Queen’ and ‘Miss Ever Bilena Cosmetics’. She also obtained the following popularity contest prizes:

  • Dairy Queen’s Award (First Prize)
  • Pizza Hut’s Award 2018

Miss Universe 2018

Gray represented the Philippines in the 2018 Miss Universe contest on 17 December 2018 held at IMPACT Arena, Muang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi Province, Thailand. She won the competition and was crowned by the former Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. Gray is the fourth woman from Philippines to win Miss Universe pageant after Gloria Diaz in the year 1969, Margarita Moran in the year 1973 and Pia Wurtzbach in the year 2015. In pageant history, she is the most successful one in Asia by ranking high in two biggest international pageants, Miss Universe and Miss World competitions.

The Answer That Made Her Miss Universe 2018

The question asked to her in the final round of Miss Universe was:

“What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your life and how would you apply it to your time as Miss Universe?”

And, Gray replied:

“I work a lot in the slums of Tondo, Manila and the life there is poor and it’s very sad. And I have always taught myself to look for the beauty in it; to look in the beauty in the faces of the children and to be grateful. And I will bring this aspect as a Miss Universe, to see situations with a silver lining. And to assess where I could give something; where I could provide something as a spokesperson. And if I can teach people to be grateful, we can have an amazing world where negativity cannot grow and prosper, and children will have smiles on their faces.”

She Loves Music!

Apart from being a model, Catriona is also a singer, and even has a music video ‘We’re in this Together’ on YouTube. She is passionate about music and arts and has completed her Masters in Music Theory from Berklee College of Music.

She’s A Painter, Too

Catriona also likes drawing and painting, and keeps sharing her art with her 6.3 million followers on Instagram. In the past, she had auctioned off a few of her creations to collect vital funds for charities, including Paraiso: The Bright Beginnings Project.

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