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Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray (born 6 January 1994) is a Filipino-Australian model, stage actress, singer, visual artist,[1] and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe 2018. She is the fourth Filipina to win the pageant. Previously, Gray was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2018[2] and Miss World Philippines 2016.[3] Referred to as one of the most popular Miss Universe, she has been lauded by press and supermodels for her creative and exemplary walk and personality.

Catriona Gray
Catriona Gray with iconic tristar and sun earpiece, in Mak Tumang Swarovski gem-embellished "Mayon" evening number.jpg
Catriona Gray, 2018 Miss Universe
Born
Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray

(1994-01-06) 6 January 1994 (age 25)
ResidenceNew York City, U.S.
Home townOas, Albay, Philippines
Height5 ft 10.5 in (1.79 m)
TitleMiss World Philippines 2016
Miss Universe Philippines 2018
Miss Universe 2018
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBrown
Major
competition(s)
Miss World Philippines 2016
(Winner)
Miss World 2016
(Top 5)
Binibining Pilipinas 2018
(Winner)
Miss Universe 2018
(Winner)

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Early life and education

Gray was born in Cairns, Queensland[4] to a Scottish-born father, Ian Gray, from Fraserburgh, and a Filipina mother, Normita Ragas Magnayon, from Oas, Albay.[5] Gray is reportedly named after her paternal grandmother, Catherine Gray (née Ross), an immigrant to Western Australia from Scotland in 1952[6] and Elsa Magnayon (née Ragas), her maternal grandmother from Oas, Albay, Philippines.

Gray was a student at Trinity Anglican School in Cairns where she was a house captain and a school chorister.[7][8] She received a master's certificate in music theory from the online school of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.[9] In addition, she obtained a certificate in outdoor recreation and a black belt in Choi Kwang-Do martial arts.[10] Further, Gray was lead singer of her school's jazz band; she also starred in local productions of Miss Saigon. After graduating from high school, she moved to Manila where she worked as a commercial model.[11]

Pageantry

Little Miss Philippines

Her foray into the world of pageantry began in 1999 when she won Little Miss Philippines in Sydney at the age of five.[12]

 
Gray at the NFL Honours in Atlanta, GA, February 2019.

Miss World

Miss World Philippines 2016

On 2 October 2016, Gray was crowned Miss World Philippines 2016 where she won the following special awards:[13]

  • Best in Swimsuit
  • Best in Evening Gown
  • Best in Fashion Runway
  • Best in Talent[14]

In addition, Gray won the following corporate endorsement awards:

  • Miss FIG Image Gateway
  • Miss Folded and Hung
  • Miss Hannah Beach Resort
  • Miss Figlia
  • Miss Manila Hotel
  • Miss Organique

Miss World 2016

After winning her national competition, Gray competed at Miss World 2016 held in MGM National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Maryland, United States where she was placed in the Top 5. Gray won the following awards:

  • Multimedia Award[15]
  • Talent Award (2nd place)[15]
  • Top 5 (Beauty with a Purpose project)[15]

Miss Universe

Binibining Pilipinas 2018

On 8 January 2018, Gray submitted her application form at the Binibining Pilipinas office at the Araneta Center to officially join the 2018 national pageant.[16] On 16 January 2018, national director Stella Araneta officially accepted her application and confirmed that Gray will be competing at the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 pageant.

During her national costume competition, Gray wore a Muslim princess attire from the Mindanao region, taking placement as its winner. On 18 March 2018, she was crowned as Miss Universe Philippines 2018 by the outgoing titleholder Rachel Peters.[17][18]

Gray obtained the following corporate and contest awards:

  • Best in National Costume Award
  • Best in Evening Gown
  • Best in Swimsuit
  • Miss Jag Denim Queen Award (Endorsement)
  • Miss Ever Bilena Cosmetics Award (Endorsement)[19][20]

She also obtained the following popularity contest prizes:

In Philippine beauty pageant history, Gray is the first Filipina to represent the country in both the Miss World and Miss Universe competitions, and the second to represent the Philippines in two major international pageants, the first entry being Carlene Aguilar in 2005.

At her national competition, United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Yong Kim asked the following: "After the devastating warMarawi is now on its way to recovery, what will be your message to the young women of Marawi?":[17]

Gray: "...My answer and my message to the women is to be strong. As women, we're the head of the household and we have amazing influence, not only in our own families, as mothers, sisters and friends, but also in our community. If we could get the women to stay strong and be that image of strength for the children and the people around them, then once the rebuilding is complete and is underway, the morale of the community will stay strong and high..."

Miss Universe 2018

 
Gray returning to the Philippines after being crowned Miss Universe 2018.

During the national costume show presentation, Gray showcased a beaded tribal suit featuring the indigenous tribes of the ancient pagan Filipinos, alongside an oversized Parol painted Christmas lantern pulled by a roller device. The costume was accompanied by a pre-Christian Shamanic dance of the historical Babaylan paganism. The costume gained both support and criticism, due to the perceived difficulty of walking and the failure of LEDs to function, whilst Gray cited her Scoliosis ailment.[17][23][24]

In the pageant's preliminary stages, Catriona Gray did a slow-motion walk, (nicknamed lava walk[25]) on the ramp in the swimwear competition wearing a pink swimsuit, which was praised by supermodels Tyra Banks and Ashley Graham,[26] fashion commentators and Internet viewers.[27][28]

Gray represented the Philippines in the 2018 Miss Universe contest on 17 December 2018 held at IMPACT Arena, Muang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi Province, Thailand. During the first question and answer round, Gray was asked by host Steve Harvey, "Canada recently joined Uruguay as the second nation in the world to make marijuana legal. What is your opinion on the legalization of marijuana?"[29] She responded:

I’m for it being used for medical use, but not so for recreational use. Because I think if people were to argue: Then what about alcohol and cigarettes? Well, everything is good but in moderation.[30]

In the final question and answer portion, the top three contestants were asked the same question by Harvey: "What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your life and how will you apply it to your time as Miss Universe?" She answered:

I work a lot in the slums of Tondo, Manila and the life there is very... it's poor and it's very sad. And I’ve always taught myself to look for the beauty in it; to look in the beauty in the faces of the children, and to be grateful. And I would bring this aspect as a Miss Universe to see situations with a silver lining, and to assess where I could give something, where I could provide something as a spokesperson. And this I think if I could also teach people to be grateful, we could have an amazing world where negativity could not grow and foster, and children will have a smile on their faces.[30]

At the end of the event, Gray won the competition and was crowned by her predecessor, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa. She is the fourth Filipina Miss Universe after Gloria Diaz in 1969, Margarita Moran in 1973 and Pia Wurtzbach in 2015.[29][31]

Discography

Singles

Title Details
We're In This Together
  • Released: 23 November 2018
  • Label: Young Focus for Education and Development, Marcus Davis Jr.
  • Format: digital download, streaming

References

  1. ^ Fern, M. A.; Mar 19, ez; 2018. "Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray Is An Awesome Artist". realliving.com.ph. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  2. ^ News, Joel Guinto, ABS-CBN. "Catriona Gray crowned Miss Universe". ABS-CBN News.
  3. ^ Rappler.com. "FULL LIST: Winners, Miss World Philippines 2016". Rappler. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Cairns beauty Catriona Gray crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2018". 19 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Catriona living mom's dream".
  6. ^ "Miss Universe 2018 winner: Miss Philippines Catriona Gray".
  7. ^ "Trinity Anglican School, Cairns December 17 at 1:01 PM".
  8. ^ "Qld beauty crowned Miss Universe Philippines".
  9. ^ Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk. "Miss Universe 2018: Who is Miss Philippines Catriona Gray, this year's winner?". journal-news. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Thank God for Catriona Gray—Singer, Martial Artist, Advocate, And Now, Miss Universe Philippines".
  11. ^ "5 Things to Know About Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray". E! Online. 16 December 2018.
  12. ^ "LOOK: Catriona Gray was once Little Miss Philippines". CNN Philippines. 10 April 2018.
  13. ^ "What are the Chances of Catriona Gray". The Trending Facts. 10 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Catriona Gray crowned Miss World Philippines 2016". Rappler. 2 October 2016.
  15. ^ a b c "Philippine bet Catriona Gray secures spot in top 20 of Miss World 2016".
  16. ^ "After Miss World, Catriona Gray eyes Bb. Pilipinas crown". ABS-CBNnews.com. 8 January 2018.
  17. ^ a b c "Catriona Gray to represent PH in Miss Universe 2018".
  18. ^ "Catriona Gray is Binibining Pilipinas 2018 Miss Universe Winner". 18 March 2018.
  19. ^ "FULL LIST: Official Top 40 candidates of Bb. Pilipinas 2018". ABS-CBNnews.com. 16 January 2018.
  20. ^ "Catriona Gray bags 5 special awards". ABS-CBN. 18 March 2018. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  21. ^ "Catriona Gray". www.facebook.com.
  22. ^ "Bb 20, Catriona Gray wins #SayItWithPizzaHut".
  23. ^ "Catriona Gray is the new Miss Universe Philippines!".
  24. ^ "What are the chances of Catriona Gray for Miss Universe 2018?".
  25. ^ "Miss Universe's 'Lava Walk' Makes Kendall Jenner's Runway Stomp Look Even Worse". Revelist. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  26. ^ "Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray Wowed Even Supermodels With Her Walk". Vogue. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  27. ^ MARQUEZ, CONSUELO (14 December 2018). "Netizens hail Miss Philippines Catriona Gray's 'slow-mo' walk in swimwear competition". Asia News Network. Asiaone.com. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  28. ^ Archana, KC (14 December 2018). "No One Can Get Over Miss Philippines Catriona Gray's Slow-Mo Turn At Miss Universe 2018 Prelims". Indiatimes Lifestyle Network. indiatimes.com. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  29. ^ a b Adel, Rosette (17 December 2018). "From world to universe: Catriona Gray is now fourth Filipina Miss Universe". Philstar Global. STAR Group of Publications. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  30. ^ a b Cabico, Gaea Katreena (December 17, 2018). "FULL TEXT: Miss Universe 2018 Q&A with top 5, final 3". philstar.com.
  31. ^ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46588860

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
  Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters
Miss Universe
2018
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Rachel Peters
Miss Universe Philippines
2018
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Hillarie Parungao
Miss World Philippines
2016
Succeeded by
Laura Lehmann