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Philippines’ Catriona Gray Crowned Miss Universe 2018

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray

[UPDATED 11:01AM] WITH HER FANTASTIC performance from the preliminaries, Catriona Gray until the final round, Catriona Gray of the Philippines won the fourth crown for the Philippines — and all the world agrees she is the ultimate winner in this year’s edition of Miss Universe.

From Catriona’s preliminary performance, both in swimsuit and evening gown, and highlighted with her “lava walk” (inspired by the Lava flowing from Mayon Volcano in Albay wherein Catriona’s family came from), she has been the subject of entertainment news worldwide. Pretty, witty, and oozing with beauty and brains strengthened by being the most well-prepared Filipina contestant in the Miss Universe pageant, pageant experts easily picked Catriona as the top contender for the title.

Held at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand at 8am (Manila time) today, Catriona competed against 93 other contestants for the Miss Universe 2018 crown. This blogger along with other blogger-friends stayed at Maxims Hotel at Resorts World Manila for the pre-pageant party.

Her closest rivals Tamaryn Green of South Africa managed to snatch the first runner-up while Venezuela’s Sthefany Gutierrez won second runner-up.

Another strong contender, Kiara Ortega of Puerto Rico managed to take a place in the Top 5 finalists but fell short compared to the Filipina beauty queen and the two runners-up. Miss Vietnam H’Hen Nie also took a spot in the final five.

Whether for business or charity, Catriona is definitely the perfect ambassador for the Miss Universe Organization. She’ll definitely do a great job as Miss Universe.

Check out our list of some topnotch contestants in this pre-preliminaries write up.

Are you happy with Catriona’s win? Please let us know in the comments.

Catriona Gray Evening Gown

Catriona Gray during the Evening Gown competition.

*UPDATES:*

As the most-awaited finals came to, the Top 20 semi-finalists from three regions and five more ladies from the wildcard category were announced. Joining the Top 20 are:

AFRICA, ASIA AND THE PACIFIC:
Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green
Miss Philippines Catriona Gray
Miss Nepal Manita Devkota
Miss Vietnam H’Hen Nie
Miss Thailand Sophida Kanchanarin

EUROPE:
Miss Poland Magdalena Swat
Miss Belgium Zoe Brunet
Miss Great Britain Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers
Miss Ireland Grainne Gallanagh
Miss Hungary Enico Kecskes

THE AMERICAS:
Miss Canada Marta Magdalena Stepien
Miss Curacao Akisha Albert
Miss Costa Rica Natalia Carvajal
Miss Puerto Rico Kiara Ortega
Miss Jamaica Emily Sara-Claire Maddison

WILDCARD CONTESTANTS:
Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers
Miss Venezuela Sthefany Gutierrez
Miss Indonesia Sonia Fergina Citra
Miss Brazil Mayra Diaz
Miss Australia Francheska Hung

Joining the winners (above) are the rest of the Top 10 semi-finalists, which was cut down after the 20 candidates expressed themselves during the opening statement segment are:

Miss Costa Rica Natalia Carvajal
Miss Curacao Akisha Albert
Miss Nepal Manita Devkota
Miss Canada Marta Magdalena Stepien
Miss Thailand Sophida Kanchanarin

Followed by the swimsuit round with Canada, South Africa, Philippines, Vietnam and Nepal as the strongest ladies, this year’s competition is really hard. A lot of beautiful women, a lot of wits and brains.

Catriona Gray of the Philippines gave the most complete answer, and she’s deserving of the Miss Universe crown!

Catriona Gray Miss Universe 2018 winner

Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray during the preliminary competition’s long gown category.

Catriona Gray Swimsuit

Her slow-mo has been trending worldwide. Here’s Catriona Gray in swimsuit. Will she win the fourth crown for the Philippines?

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