Miss Universe 2018 victor: Miss Philippines Catriona Gray bags the title

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Marta Stepien in the evening gown portion of the MIss Universe pageant in Bangkok Thailand on Sunday Dec. 12 2018
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18 December, 2018

Gray - a student of music theory - beat more than 90 contestants from around the globe in the 67th installment of Miss Universe, which was held in the Thai capital's Impact Arena. She moved to the Philippines after turning 18, following which she participated in the Miss World Philippines competition and won the title in 2016. She is the fourth Filipina beauty queen to be named Miss Universe in the competition's history. After Gray saw that Banks had made flattering comments about her walk on Twitter, Gray told TV 5, "When I saw the comments on the phone I was just like 'totoo ba ito?"

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"This is inspired by Mount Mayon".

Gloria went on to pursue an acting career in the Philippines, where she became very successful and highly recognised. "Mabuhay ang mga Bicolana!" she added. And that's where we drew inspiration from.

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"So spreading awareness on that cause and encouraging people to get the simple test and knowing their status is definitely one of my first projects that I'd like to pursue".

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The theme of this year's pageant was "Empowered Women" and was judged by seven women, including former pageant winners, businesswomen and a fashion designer. She said in a video presentation that it was not important for her to win but was more important for her "to be here". "And if I can teach people to be grateful, we can have an awesome world where negativity cannot grow and prosper, and children will have smiles on their faces", she said.

"It's just a feeling in a way that everything else wasn't".

"It's been a pleasure meeting you @iamsteveharveytv and thanks for connecting with me".

Gray said her parents taught her never to give up on her dreams when she was younger. When you have dream, or an ambition and it's so far away, that's so high up, you can feel overwhelmed.

Aside from being an art lover, Gray is said to be a great travel buddy.

Filipinos across the internet also expressed their pride. She also serves as an HIV/AIDS advocate at Love Yourself PH, an organisation that provides HIV testing, education, and prevention.


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