Published: Mon, December 17, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

The Philippine flag has already risen in the Miss Universe competition

The Philippine flag has already risen in the Miss Universe competition

Watch and support Catriona as she vies for the 2018 Miss Universe crown this Monday, December 17 on ABS-CBN!

Miss South Africa, Tamaryn Green (24) was the first runner-up, followed by Miss Venezuela, Sthefany Gutiérrez (19). "In her success, Miss Philippines has shown to the world that women in our country have the ability to turn dreams into reality through passion, diligence, determination and hard work".

Gray truly made the entire Philippines proud when she sashayed on the global stage and showcased the genuine qualities defining a Filipino beauty: "Confidence, grace, intelligence and strength in the face of tough challenges", he said in a statement from the presidential palace. Because I think if people will argue, then what about alcohol and cigarettes?

Responding to the backlash in an Instagram post, Summers said Miss Universe was "an opportunity for women from around the world to learn about each other's cultures, life experiences, and views".

But as we all know, beauty pageants also go deeper than their contestants' most obviously attractive features, and there is far more to Catriona Gray than immediately meets the eye.

During the competition, which was broadcast live, candidates were asked questions on press freedom, legalisation of marijuana, refugees and the #MeToo movement.

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray reacts as she is named the winner while holding hands with Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green during the final round of the Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok Thailand

Miss Philippines made history of her own - obviously this isn't the model's first time in the pageant world, back in 2016 she was named Miss World Philippines, making her the first woman in history to have been awarded both World and Universe national titles.

She added she wanted her appearance to be empowering and that she hoped for a "new generation of human beings who are raised a lot better, more tolerant and respectful".

Miss USA and Miss Australia were filmed talking about Miss Vietnam's, H'Hen Niê, lack of fluent English speaking.

Who would have thought that after winning the crown, Gray will be the one to complete our Philippine flag palette. Not to mention how she stuns everyone in the long gown competition, wearing an intricate glittery orange gown with a long side slit created by the fashion designer Mak Tumang.

Sarah Rose Summers of the United States competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2018 Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok on December 13, 2018.

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