Catriona Gray of Philippines wins Miss Universe 2018

Catriona Gray wins Miss Universe 2018. Check out her gown and winning answer.

by Jessie Mendoza

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Model, TV host, singer and stage actress Catriona Gray (age 24) of the Philippines, won as Miss Universe 2018 on December 17, 2018 at Impact, Muang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi Province, Thailand.

Catriona is the fourth Filipina to win the title, following Gloria Diaz who won in 1969, Margarita Moran in 1973, and Pia Wurtzbach in 2015.

Miss Universe Crowning Moment

Tamaryn Green of South Africa won as 1st Runner-up in the Miss Universe 2018, while Sthefany Gutierrez of Venezuela came in as 2nd Runner-up. Rounding up the Top 5 are Kiara Ortega of Puerto Rico and H’Hen Nie of Vietnam.

Catriona won from a field of 94 contestants from all over the world. She was an early favorite and a lot of celebrities had predicted her win including Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, who was in Thailand to support Catriona’s bid for the Miss Universe title.

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Catriona Gray’s gown by Mak Tumang

Catriona wore a beautiful red gown made by designer Mak Tumang at the Evening Gown portion of the pageant.

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The gown is said to be inspired by Mayon Volcano, which is located in Albay, the home province of Catriona’s mother.

catriona gray in classic pose wearing mak tumang gown

Catriona’s winning answer

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

A: “I work a lot in the slums of Tondo, Manila and the life there is very… it’s poor and it’s very sad. And I’ve always taught myself to look for the beauty in it, to look in the beauty of the faces of the children and to be grateful. And I would 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 this, I think, if I could teach also people to be grateful, we could have an amazing world where negativity could not grow and foster, and children will have a smile on their faces. Thank you.”

Catriona Gray’s wiki

The 5’10” beauty is of Filipino-Australian descent and was born on January 6, 1994, in Cairns, Queensland. Her father is a Scottish-born Australian named Ian Gray and her mother is Normita Ragas Magnayon from Oas, Albay.

Catriona, whose full name is Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray, holds a Certificate in Music Theory from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She was the lead singer of her alma mater’s jazz band and has played a part in local productions of “Miss Saigon”.

Aside from being a singer, Catriona is also a black belter in Choi Kwang Do martial arts and has a Certificate in Outdoor Recreation.

Catriona Gray was the Philippines’ representative to Miss World in 2016, where she landed on the Top 5 of the pageant.

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