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Miss Philippines Catriona Gray wins Miss Universe

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray wins Miss Universe

The 24-year-old Filipina-Australian pipped South African Demi Leigh Nel-Peters for the top spot, becoming the fourth Filipina to bring home the coveted title.

The most lovely day in the universe, Miss Universe 2018, was held this morning (December 17) in Bangkok, Thailand and out of 94 candidates from countries all over the world, one name was proclaimed the most beautiful-The Philippines' Catriona Gray.

She could, however not break into the final leg of the competition and that was the story of all the seven other African queens, making South Africa's Tamaryn Green the only African to be selected into the group of Top 20 finalists and later into the Top Three.

"That you were in Miss Universe and you won in a red dress, '" Gray said during her press conference on Monday.

As part of her time on the Miss Universe stage, Catriona discussed her work in low-income areas of the Philippines, saying she tries to "find the beauty" in desolate circumstances. Gray also said she aims to do her best in the pageant and hopes the judges "get a sense of" who she is as a person.

Miss Philippines, Catriona Grey, was crowned the 2018 Miss Universe victor.

The 24-year-old model beat off 92 competitors to take the title. "I may now carry the sash of Miss Universe, but I'll forever be your Miss Philippines", she said.

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Maybe there's a pattern here; but as how Pia and Catriona did it while walking down the runway, to be Miss Universe, one must probably learn how to change their facial expression from "I'm just gonna act all cute here" to "I'm actually here to steal the crown".

The representatives from Vietnam and Puerto Rico, both strong and popular contenders, cracked the Top 5.

They all made Africa proud at all stages of the competition, especially as they told the world about their attractive countries and their tourism potential.

In her opening statement, Gray said: "Working in some of the poorest areas of my country, I found that it was a lack of child support, not poverty, that killed their dreams".

The emcee for Sunday evening's festivities was comedian and game show host Steve Harvey. Second runner-up went to Miss Venezuela, Sthefany Gutiérrez. She became a crowd-favourite during the Miss Universe competition, largely down to her wit, and was crowned victor aged just 18.

We have a new "Queen" of the universe. Valeria Morales was mocked for her silent demeanour and lack of communication by Miss USA, Sarah Rose Summers.

Contestants compete in swimsuit during the 2018 Miss Universe Pageant in Bangkok on December 17, 2018.