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In Pics: Catriona Elisa Gray of the Philippines crowned Miss Universe 2018

The 24-year-old Gray wore a sparkling red dress, which she said was inspired by a volcano in the Philippines

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 


The fourth from The Philippines

The fourth Miss Universe from The Philippines
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The Philippines' Catriona Gray was named 2018 at a gala ceremony in Bangkok, besting contestants from 93 other countries and delighting her home country.

Gray is the fourth Filipina to be named Celebrations were especially buoyant in Oas town in the northeastern province of Albay, from where Gray's Filipina mother hails.
The office of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was quick to congratulate the winner.

Miss Universe in the red dress

Miss Universe in the red dress
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"when I was 13 my mom said she had a dream that I would win Miss Universe in a red dress."

The 24-year-old Gray wore a sparkling red dress, which she said was inspired by a volcano in the as she was handed the crown to the delight of a roaring crowd that generally favoured Southeast Asian contestants.

Miss Universe and beyond

Miss Universe and beyond
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In the final question round, Gray was asked about the most important lesson she has learned in life and how would she apply it in her time as Miss Universe.

She said: "I work a lot in the slums of Manila and life there is very poor and sad. I have always taught myself to look for the beauty in it, to look for the beauty in the faces of the children, and I would bring this aspect as a Miss Universe to see situations with a silver lining and to asses where I could give something and provide something.

 

The present and the former Miss Universe

The present and the former Miss Universe
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She succeeds Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa. In the Philippines, pageants are a popular attraction, and Gray's countrymen cheered wildly and jumped for joy when she was declared the winner.

The top three "Empowered women"

The top three
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Gray edged out first runner-up Tamaryn Green of South Africa and third-place Sthefany Gutierrez of Venezuela.

The top five contestants to the crown 

The top five contestants to the crown 
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The theme of the 67th Miss Universe pageant was "Empowered Women" and was judged by seven women including former pageant winners, businesswomen, and a fashion designer.

Steve Harvey and the right winner

Steve Harvey and the right winner
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The finale was again hosted by Steve Harvey who infamously announced the wrong winner in the 2015 contest.

Harvey joked briefly about the incident in exchanges with contestants and said "You all can't let that go" and "I'm still here."

A path-breaking event

A path-breaking event
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This year's Miss Universe competition included the first-ever transgender contestant, Miss Spain Angela Ponce.
She said in a video presentation that it was not important for her to win but was more important for her "to be here."


First Published: Mon, December 17 2018. 13:53 IST