Miss Philippines was crowned Miss Universe on Monday in Bangkok after a trailblazing ceremony praised for featuring its first transgender candidate but marred by remarks about the English-speaking ability of two Asian contestants.
After failing to bring home the Miss World title two years ago, the 24-year-old Filipino-Australian beauty on Monday made a strong comeback in the global pageant scene after bagging the Miss Universe (MU) 2018 crown in Bangkok, Thailand. As Miss Universe I want to show the silver lining in these situations and assert where I can give something, where I can provide something as the spokesperson. Zipline, anyone? This model is openly passionate about her love for Filipino dishes including adobo, balut, and the sweetest mangoes in the world.
He added that Catriona "can be considered as the modern-day Daragang Magayon." because of her "beauty, intelligence and burning passion".
She is the fourth Filipino to bring home the coveted title, joining Gloria Diaz, Margie Moran, and Pia Wurtzbach who won in 1969, 1973, and 2015, respectively.
She also has a Certificate in Outdoor Recreation and a black belt in Choi Kwang-Do.
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Despite being busy with her career and charity, the Miss Universe 2018 is also enjoying a loving relationship with her longtime boyfriend.
Catriona was born in Cairns, Queensland to a Scottish-born Australian father, Ian Gray and a Filipino mother, Normita Ragas Magnayon.
Gray was among the most sought-after candidates of this year's Miss Universe, consistently topping forecasts by different pageant analysts and observers ahead of the coronation.
The new Miss Universe has a Master's in music theory and volunteers as a teacher's assistant to students of non-governmental organisation Young Focus. In 2016, Gray finished in the top five in the Miss World pageant.
"I think first of all, it takes bravery".
McLean, who represented Namibia, wore a red off-shoulder dress during the Miss Universe pageant in Thailand back in 1992. She said that people should stop romanticizing poverty as "resiliency and gratefulness".