From a model to a Miss World candidate, Catriona Gray has always proven her exceptional beauty and spotlight-worthy charm. But aside from her looks, the Australian-Filpino wonder has always inspired us when it comes to pursuing goals one after another.
Last March 18, 2018, Catriona began her journey to her wildest ambition yet: taking a shot at the Miss Universe crown. Being the total package that she is, the 24-year-old beauty claimed the Miss Universe Philippines title without a hitch.
Fast-forward to December, Catriona flew to Bangkok, Thailand to join the most beautiful women around the globe to compete in the Miss Universe pageant. Early on, she has already shown stellar potential as a crowd favorite. Come the preliminary competition, Catriona nailed her moment on the Miss U stage with her signature lava walk complete with a slow-mo turn that secured her sure shot at the title.
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As the day that we've all been waiting for arrived, we all knew that Catriona had it in her. True enough, our homegirl punched all the way through the Top 3 finalists. Yes, she stunned us all in her lava-inspired gown and model-esque strut. But what made us believe that she deserved the crown is her dedication to her advocacy for the youth. Her heart shone through in her final word, and, as expected, Catriona triumphed in being crowned as Miss Universe 2018.
Succeeding Pia Wurtzbach as the new Filpina to take home the Miss Universe title, Catriona has given so much pride to our country. She proves that no dream is too big to achieve. For a quick look-through, check out our gallery to see the highlights of her Miss Universe journey! Congratulations, Cat!
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