Moments before Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe 2019, our country's pride Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray took her final walk as the reigning queen and bid an emotional goodbye to her title.
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The beauty queen walked the Tyler Perry Stage at Atlanta, Georgia, USA wearining none other than a Mak Tumang creation. Mak also the one who made her preliminary and winning looks, which were inspired by the Mayon volcano and Ibong Adarna, respectively.
Like her previous Miss Universe gowns, Catriona's ethereal blue backless ball gown was inspired by the reflection of the Philippine Eagle flying over the seas. In a caption, Mak shares the inspiration for Catriona's gown, "Despite its mighty ability to soar up high far beyond the clouds, it could still manage to look down until the point of reflecting itself on the shiny waters. This display of both might & humility is the call each of us heeds."
Flying high like an eagle, Catriona truly made us all proud for her humanitarian work and achievements throughout her Miss Universe reign. And amid everything, she has remained humble.
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Photos by @maktumang, @missuniverse