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Philippines' Catriona Gray named Miss Universe 2018

Philippines' Catriona Gray named Miss Universe 2018”

She takes over from Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa.

Catriona Gray of the Philippines was crowned Miss Universe 2018 today at IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, making her the fourth Filipina to win the beauty pageant.

First runner-up was Tamaryn Green of South Africa, followed by third-place Sthefany Gutierrez of Venezuela.

To the disappointment of the Venezuelan and South African candidates, who also made it to the Top 3, 24-year-old Catriona managed to charm the judging panel, which this year for the first time boasted an all-female lineup.

Miss Philippines, Catriona Gray, was crowned 2018 Miss Universe.

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The steady flow of lava, representative of her hometown Albay where the imposing and famed Mayon Volcano stands, is said to be the inspiration behind Catriona Gray's slow-mo turn at the Miss Universe stage that has sent Filipino pageant fans insane recently. "Mount Mayon is a famous volcano located in my hometown [in the] Bicol region of the Philippines", Gray said.

Catriona Gray finally walked in her much-awaited evening gown.

The 24-year-old model beat off 92 competitors to take the title. "(Is this real? Is this really Tyra?) And then I checked the link she was commenting on and it was my video and I was like oh my god!"

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"In a moment where I meant to admire the courage of a few of my sisters, I said something that I now realize can be perceived as not respectful, and I apologize", Summers said, alongside a photo of her embracing her fellow contestants.

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Speaking to ABS-CBN News, Ms Gray previously revealed three women she admires: Broadway star Lea Salonga, fashion blogger Kim Jones and Filipina-French actress Solen Heussaff.

We already knew that she had a huge chance to really make it up to the last as she exuded the aura and the heart and wisdom of a true beauty queen, with how she presented herself in the preliminary round last week and in the main staging of the competition.

The show was hosted by five-time Emmy Award-winner Steve Harvey. "Philippines, you have endlessly inspired me".

Unfortunately Australia's contestant, Francesca Hung, finished outside of the top ten, but we're sure Catriona's former classmates at Trinity Anglican School will be calling it a win for Australia nonetheless.

Miss Philippines, Catriona Gray was just crowned the the victor of the pageant for the year 2018. The lava walk went insane viral, with people tagging supermodel Tyra Banks and exclaiming how proud she'd be of that heart-stopping walk and ideal twirl!

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