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Hot Stuff: Catriona Gray's Gown At Her Final Miss Universe Walk And Its Beautiful Meaning

Hot Stuff: Catriona Gray's Gown At Her Final Miss Universe Walk And Its Beautiful Meaning

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.

[related: In Focus: How Miss Universe 2019 Semifinalist Gazini Ganados Has Made Us All Proud]

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."

 
 
 
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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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“REFLECTION” (Philippine Eagle mirrors itself on the SEA) The creation's inspiration stems from the vision of the Philippine Eagle flying over the flawless turquoise seas embracing our archipelago. 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. As a nation, we are to have a steadfast spirit yet we also take a moment to journey within ourselves. By doing so, we could be able to mirror the beauty that is within us, to mirror what is true and just and to mirror the light which illuminates our path. Silay; to mirror, Pagbubulay; to introspect - the Filipino nation's moment of reflection!

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ALSO READ: Hot Stuff: Meet Catriona Gray's Successor—Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi From South Africa!

Photos by @maktumang, @missuniverse

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