Who is Catriona Gray? Miss Philippines is Miss Universe

The nation would be wishing for Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters to crown her countrywoman.

Catriona Gray from the Philippines was crowned Miss Universe on Monday, the fourth time the Southeast Asian country has won the worldwide beauty pageant.

Miss South Africa, Tamaryn Green, became the runner-up for Miss Universe 2018 and would assume Gray's role, crown and title if, for some reason, she can not fulfill her duties.

They were joined by former Miss Universe winners Porntip Nakhirunkanok of Thailand (who now goes by the name Bui Simon) and Michelle McLean of Namibia who won her crown in Bangkok in 1992.

Gray began participating in pageants at the age of 5, when she won the Little Miss Philippines beauty pageant, ABS-CBN News reported.

After the 20 semi-finalists shared their thoughts, the stage welcomed Angela Ponce, who made a mark as the transgender woman to contend for the title of Miss Universe.

This was how Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo reacted when asked by Palace reporters if Gray's answer was inspired by the President's own stand on the controversial legalization of marijuana in the Philippines.

Gray is known to spontaneously burst into song, which is most likely due to her love of the arts and her Master Certificate in Music Theory. And I've always taught myself to look for the beauty of it, to look for beauty in the faces of the children and to be grateful. "I am a woman, already before birth, because my identity is here", Ponce told AFP on Saturday, gesturing to her head.

Filipino Catriona Gray Wins Miss Universe 2018. Credit PA
Filipino Catriona Gray Wins Miss Universe 2018. Credit PA

India had pinned high hopes on 22-yr-old Nehal Chudasama, to end a long drought for the country at the pageant as Lara Dutta had last brought back the crown in 2000.

The first runner up was Miss South Africa and the second runner up was Miss Venezuela.

In a statement released after Gray's win, Robredo thanked the Bicolana beauty for bringing Filipinos together.

This year's contest is not the first foray into the world of pageantry for multi-talented catwalk queen Catriona Gray.

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

Earlier this week, the competition was surrounded by controversy after Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers made some comments about the English of a Miss Universe contestant.

German-born Pia was scouted by a modelling agency aged just 11, and her career in front of the camera took off.

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