She became the fourth Filipino to win the crown. Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa crowned Catriona Gray as her successor. Gray confessed that years ago her mother had a dream predicting she will beceme Miss Universe. Gray’s father is Australian and she was born and grew up in Cairns, Australia. Later, she studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. “If I could teach people to be grateful, we could have an amazing world where negativity could not grow and foster, and children would have a smile on their face,” Gray said. The theme of this year’s pageant was “Empowered Women.” The office of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte congratulated the winner.
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“Ms. Gray truly made the entire Philippines proud when she sashayed on the global stage and showcased the genuine qualities defining a Filipina beauty: confidence, grace, intelligence and strength in the face of tough challenges,” the statement said. This year’s Miss Universe competition included the first-ever transgender contestant, Angela Ponce of Spain who failed to make top 20. Asked about legalization of marijuana, the winner Catriona Gray said: “I’m for it being used in a medical use, but not so for recreational use.”