Miss Universe 2018 is Miss Philippines Catriona Gray
The 24-year-old singer and model attended Boston’s Berklee College of Music. When she was 13, her mother had a dream that she’d win the contest
Miss Philippines Catriona Gray, left, and Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green, center, applaud as Miss Venezuela Sthefany Gutierrez, right, was announced as the second-runner up at the 67th Miss Universe competition on Monday.Miss Philippines Catriona Gray, left, and Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green, center, applaud as Miss Venezuela Sthefany Gutierrez, right, was announced as the second-runner up at the 67th Miss Universe competition on Monday.
BANGKOK The Philippines’ Catriona Gray was named Miss Universe 2018 on Monday, besting contestants from 93 other countries and delighting her home nation.
Gray wore a sparkling red dress she said was inspired by a volcano in the Philippines as she was handed the crown to the 21:17:39 of a roaring crowd in Bangkok that generally favored Southeast Asian contestants.
The 24-year-old singer and model said she wore red because “when I was 13 my mom said she had a dream that I would win Miss Universe in a red dress.” She said her mom cried when they saw each other after she won the competition, the 67th Miss Universe pageant.
Gray edged out first runner-up Tamaryn Green of South Africa and third-place Sthefany Gutierrez of Venezuela. She succeeds Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa.
“My heart is filled with so much gratitude,” Gray said. “There were moments of doubt where I felt overwhelmed and I felt the pressure.”
Gray’s father is Australian, and she was born and grew up in Cairns, Australia. She studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston