Philippines' Catriona Gray wins Miss Universe 2018

Catriona Gray crowned Miss Universe

She was crowned by Miss Universe 2017 Demi Leigh Nel-Peters, who comes from South Africa.

Gray bested South Africa's Tamaryn Green and Venezuela's Sthefany Gutiérrez, who placed first and second runners-up, respectively.

The office of the Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, has congratulated Gray for taking out the internationally renowned beauty pageant, against young women from 93 other countries.

Dubbed as one of pageant's favorite, she managed to snatch a victory from other gorgeous contestants, which this year included the first-ever transgender woman, the candidate from Spain. After finishing high school in Australia, she moved to Manila, Philippines.

We finally have a new Miss Universe.

The 24-year-old model beat off 92 competitors to take the title. And I have always taught myself to look for the beauty in it; to look in the beauty in the faces of the children and to be grateful.

Harvey questioning Gray
Harvey questioning Gray

Taking to Instagram to thank her team for their hard work, Catriona shared a memory of her mum.

India had pinned high hopes on 22-yr-old Nehal Chudasama, to end a long drought for the country at the pageant as Lara Dutta had last brought back the crown in 2000.

Ms Gray regularly campaigns for HIV/AIDS awareness, documenting her own HIV test on Instagram. Earning the win after opening up about her life, rocking a unique dress for the evening gown competition and strutting around during the swimsuit segment.

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The pageant was hosted once again by Steve Harvey and model Ashley Graham at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, which also featured a performance by Ne-Yo. "I may now carry the sash of Miss Universe, but I'll forever be your Miss Philippines". When she didn't win the top 20, Ponce said in a video presentation: "I don't need to win Miss Universe". Francesca (Miss Australia) said that would be so isolating and I said yes and just confusing all the time. But there's something about music that can just make you feel in a certain way or can strike a chord.

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