Congratulations are in order as Philippine contestant Catriona Gray emerge Miss Universe 2018 in a stiff competition held earlier today, Monday in Bangkok, beating other contestants from 93 countries across the globe to win the prestigious crown.
Winner miss universe 2018,Catriona Gray.
Absolutely beautiful and smart, 24-year-old Gray wore a sparkling red dress she said is inspired by a volcano in the Philippines as she was handed the crown to the delight of a roaring crowd that generally favored Southeast Asian contestants.
Asked why she chose red for her dinner gown, Gray 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.
First and second runner up at miss universe 2018.
Catriona edged out first runner-up Tamaryn Green of South Africa and third-place Sthefany Gutierrez of Venezuela. South Africa have made it back to back in top 3 under 5years after Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa was crowned on 2017.
Philippines are known as one the top celebrants of beauty pageant events and Gray’s countrymen cheered wildly and jumped for joy when she was declared the winner. Celebrations were especially buoyant in Oas town in the northeastern province of Albay, from which Gray’s Filipina mother hails.
The office of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was quick to congratulate the winner. Catriona Gray becomes the fourth Filipina to be named Miss Universe.
“Ms. Gray truly made the entire Philippines proud when she sashayed on the global stage and showcased the genuine qualities defining a Filipina beauty: confidence, grace, intelligence and strength in the face of tough challenges,” he said in a statement from the presidential palace. “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.”
An early round of questioning touched on the issue of drugs, where Duterte’s aggressive ‘war on drugs’ has taken thousands of lives, many in what critics charge were extrajudicial executions. Duterte raised even more controversy when he recently joked that he smoked marijuana to deal with the busy schedule of meetings with other Asian leaders at a regional summit.
Asked what she thought about legalizing marijuana, Gray said: “I’m for it being used for medical use, but not so for recreational use. Because I think if people will argue, then what about alcohol and cigarettes? Everything is good but in moderation.”
Controversy at miss universe 2018.
For the very first time, Miss Universe competition had include a transgender contestant, Miss Spain Angela Ponce. In a short video presentation, she stated that it was not important for her to win but was more important for her “to be here.”
One of the few controversies of this year’s contest involved Miss United States Sarah Rose Summers seeming to mock contestants from Cambodia and Vietnam over their English language skills. Summers apologized.
Photos of Miss universe 2018 winner Catriona Gray.
Host for miss universe 2018.
The finale was again hosted by Steve Harvey who infamously announced the wrong winner in the 2015 contest. Harvey joked briefly about the incident in exchanges with contestants and said “You all can’t let that go” and “I’m still here.”
Theme for miss universe 2018
The theme of the 67th Miss Universe pageant was “Empowered Women” and was judged by seven women including former pageant winners, businesswomen, and a fashion designer.
There were e lots of activities held in this year’s edition as contestants spent nearly a month in Thailand to compete in preliminary rounds wearing elaborate national costumes, visit famous tourist sites and even met the country’s prime minister.
Miss universe 2018 has ended with Catriona Gray from Philippine winning the title. Now attention shifts to my country Nigeria, why are we not hitting it yet? What has really gone wrong? South Africa, our fellow African country have been able to produce queens and runner ups in the past 5 years. When are we going to have our own queen emerging as miss universe or even placed among top 5 in any of these top international competitions?