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Miss Universe 2018: Catriona Gray, from the Philippines, claims crown

Miss Universe 2018: Catriona Gray, from the Philippines, claims crown

Gray was crowned Miss Universe in Bangkok, Thailand Monday, capping a two-year long journey from her heartbreaking loss in Miss World to her rise as visionary beauty queen and social media star.

"That you were in Miss Universe and you won in a red dress, '" Gray said during her press conference on Monday.

Malacañang immediately congratulated Gray, who is in a relationship with Filipino-German Clint Bondad, for making the country proud and bringing to center stage the "genuine qualities defining a Filipina beauty".

Miss Spain, Angela Ponce, who made history as the first transgender contestant in the competition's history, failed to make the top 20. "Regardless of different backgrounds and allegiances, in this, you have brought us together", she said.

Catriona Gray is an HIV/AIDS advocate at Love Yourself PH and volunteers as a Teacher's Assistant to the students of Young Focus NGO, according to the official Miss Universe website.

She is now in a relationship with 24-year-old Filipino-German model Clint Bondad and is an ambassador for global technology brand Huawei.

"If I could teach people to be grateful, we could have an wonderful world where negativity could not grow and foster, and children would have a smile on their face", she said.

She added: "Can you imagine?"

In similar messages posted on Instagram and Facebook, Gray said, "Where do I even begin?"

"At that time I thought nothing of it, and today my mother's dream came true", Gray wrote in a post following her win."Philippines what an unbelievable honor it has been to carry your name across my chest and to embody you in all aspects". Miss Venezuela, Sthefany Gutiérrez, rounded out the top three at the contest in Bangkok. Everybody in Egypt should be so proud, she's not only lovely, she's an absolutely wonderful person.

The show's co-host, Ashley Graham, took a tumble and cut her leg.

"You all thought that was amusing", he said.

The former beauty queen bested 60 other contestants at the pageant's grand coronation night held in July 1969, at the Miami Beach Auditorium in Miami Beach, Florida, USA.

Miss Australia, Francesca Hung, didn't make the top ten after she and two other contestants were seen in a video allegedly mocking Miss Vietnam for her lack of English.

The contestants spent almost a month in Thailand to compete in preliminary rounds wearing elaborate national costumes, visit famous tourist sites and even met the country's prime minister.

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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