After several hours of a nail-biting contest, Miss Philippines was crowned Miss Universe 2018.
Catriona grey, beat contestants from 93 other countries to take the coveted crown.
Gray wore a sparkling red dress that she said was inspired by a volcano within the Philippines. The 24-year-old singer and model said she wore the red dress because as a 13-year-old, she dreamt of winning the Miss Universe crown in a red dress.
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 when she won the competition.
Gray edged out first runner-up Tamaryn Green of South Africa and third-place Sthefany Gutierrez of Venezuela. She succeeds Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa.
The officer of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was fast to congratulate the winner. Grey is the fourth Filipina to be named Miss Universe.
India’s Nehal Chudasama failed to make it to the top 20 shortlists.
This year’s Miss Universe was even more special because for the first time a transgender participated in the contest. Angela Ponce, the 27-year-old Spanish participant also failed to make it to the 20 shortlists even though she had been a favorite in the contest.
She said in a video presentation 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.
According to CNN, in a live Instagram video, the 24-year-old Summers said that Miss Vietnam H’Hen Nie is ‘so cute and she pretends to understand to know so much English and then you ask her a question after having a whole conversation with her and she nods and smiles’.