CATRIONA GRAY FROM THE PHILIPPINES CROWNED MISS UNIVERSE
The special event trended worldwide with millions of viewers across the globe tuning in to watch
Bangkok, Thailand (December 17, 2018) – Today, Catriona Gray from the Philippines was crowned the new Miss Universe in front of a worldwide audience at IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. The three-hour special programming event aired live on FOX in the United States.
Catriona Gray is passionate about the arts and previously received her Master Certificate in Music Theory from Berklee College of Music. She works closely with Young Focus Philippines, an education based NGO that provides free education and school sponsorships for children in Tondo Manila, one of the poorest neighborhoods within the country’s capital city. Additionally, Catriona is an advocate for HIV/AIDS education and prevention after losing a close friend to the virus. She supports Love Yourself Philippines, an organization that offers free testing, education and treatment to those living with HIV/AIDS, and now as Miss Universe, plans to bring more awareness to the epidemic.
Now in its 67th year, MISS UNIVERSE® had a record number of contestants at the competition with women representing 94 countries. The top 20 finalists were selected from three regions of the world: Americas, Europe, Africa-Asia Pacific as well as a wild card group across all areas. For the first time in the competition’s history, the finalists had the opportunity to share a personal statement summarizing what they wanted the world to know about them. Topics ranged from female health care, the environment, ethnic minorities, body positivity, and cultural diversities.
The first-ever all-women selection committee panel was made up of entrepreneurs, business leaders, industry experts, and former Miss Universetitleholders. Miss Universe Spain Angela Ponce made history as the first transgender woman to participate in the pageant sharing a message ofinclusion, respect and diversity to the international community.
Miss Universe Laos On-anong Homsombath was honored as the winner of the National Costume Show and shared about her costume, the “Stream of Generosity,” a half-human, half-bird spiritual creature in traditional Laos’ folklore.
Five-time Emmy® Award winner, and one of television’s favorite entertainers, Steve Harvey hosted the global event. Model, entrepreneur and body activist, Ashley Graham took viewers behind-the-scenes throughout the competition alongside TV personality and style guru Carson Kressley and supermodel and pageant expert Lu Sierra to provide commentary.
First Runner-Up: Miss Universe South Africa Tamaryn Green
Second Runner-Up: Miss Universe Venezuela Sthefany Gutiérrez
Top Three: Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray; Miss Universe South Africa Tamaryn Green; Miss Universe Venezuela Sthefany Gutiérrez.
Top Five: Miss Universe Puerto Rico Kiara Ortega; Miss Universe Vietnam H’Hen Nie; Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray; Miss Universe South Africa Tamaryn Green; Miss Universe Venezuela Sthefany Gutiérrez.
Top Ten: Miss Universe South Africa Tamaryn Green; Miss Universe Vietnam H’Hen Nie; Miss Universe Venezuela Sthefany Gutiérrez; Miss UniversePhilippines Catriona Gray; Miss Universe Costa Rica Naalia Carvajal; Miss Universe Curacao Akisha Albert; Miss Universe Nepal Manita Devkota; MissUniverse Canada Marta Magdalena Stepien; Miss Universe Thailand Sophida Kanchanarin; Miss Universe Puerto Rico Kiara Ortega.
Top Twenty: Miss Universe South Africa Tamaryn Green; Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray; Miss Universe Nepal Manita Devkota; MissUniverse Vietnam H’Hen Nie; Miss Universe Thailand Sophida Kanchanarin; Miss Universe Poland Magdalena Swat; Miss Universe Belgium Zoë Brunet; Miss Universe Hungary Enikő Kecskés; Miss Universe Ireland Grainne Gallanagh; Miss Universe Curacao Akisha Albert; Miss Universe Costa Rica Naalia Carvajal; Miss Universe Canada Marta Magdalena Stepien; Miss Universe Puerto Rico Kiara Ortega; Miss Universe Jamaica Emily Sara-Claire Maddison; Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers; Miss Universe Venezuela Sthefany Gutiérrez; Miss Universe Indonesia Sonia Fergina Citra; MissUniverse Brazil Mayra Dias; Miss Universe Australia Francesca Hung.
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The Miss Universe Organization
The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) is a global community that empowers women to realize their goals through experiences that build self-confidence and create opportunities for success. MUO believes that every woman should be “Confidently Beautiful.” MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA® and MISS TEEN USA® programs provide the 10,000 women who participate annually an international platform to affect positive change through influential humanitarian and professional efforts. The contestants and titleholders are leaders and role models in their communities, develop personal and professional goals, and inspire others to do the same. The Miss Universe Organization is an Endeavor company. To learn more, visitwww.missuniverse.com.
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