The Philippines’ Catriona Gray was named Miss Universe 2018 before a packed audience at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday morning.
Gray edged out first runner-up Tamaryn Green of South Africa and third-place Sthefany Gutierrez of Venezuela. She was crowned by Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa. The 24-year-old Filipino-Australian singer and model wore a sparkling red dress with its design inspired by the world famous Mayon Volcano in Albay province. Gray’s Filipina mother Normita hails from Albay, while her father Ian is Australian of Scottish descent. Gray was born and grew up in Cairns, Australia. She studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston in the United States. She loves Filipino dishes, including adobo and balut. She is also an advocate of HIV/AIDS at Love Yourself Philippines, and volunteers as a teacher’s assistant to students of a non-government organization Young Focus.
She is the fourth Miss Universe from the Philippines after Gloria Diaz (1969), Margie Moran (1973), and Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (2015).