The whole universe has witnessed how Catriona Gray slayed the Miss Universe 2018 pageant with her feisty lava walk peppered with her signature fierce smize. Catriona simply wanted to stand out and appear unique during the competition. She reveals that the whole ensemble – her walk, smile, hair, and gown – was a product of her entire team’s hard work.
Catriona’s perfectly executed slow-motion turn has made huge impact that people, from celebrities to ordinary citizens, have tried to copy her signature moves and poses.
Yet, Catriona says that she did not accomplish everything overnight from how she presented herself and winning the crown itself. While others may say that Catriona is simply destined to become a Miss Universe, the humble beauty queen reveals that she encountered a lot of struggles and losses first before the universe has finally handed her the most prestigious crown that any girl dreams of wearing.
On the night when she was crowned as the most beautiful woman in the universe, Catriona proved that there was more to her than her slow motion turn and physical attributes. Catriona showed everyone that she is blessed with wit and intelligence when she nailed the Q and A portion.
On her final question, Catriona was asked the biggest contribution she may bring if she would bag the title. Catriona gave a concise answer; mentioning her volunteer works in the slums of Tondo, Manila. In the middle of her speech, Catriona squeezed in the words silver lining; a term that has become popular in Filipino conversations since then.
Catriona says silver lining is not actually part of her daily vocabulary. While answering her final question, Catriona simply stated what is in her heart. The speech was never pre-memorized and everything just came out from her core.