Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray Hot Bikini Pics: Miss Philippines’ Hottest Instagram Photos in Sexy Swimsuits!
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray (Photo Credits: Instagram)

Catriona Gray of Philippines was named Miss Universe 2018 in a competition concluding December 17, Monday in Bangkok, besting contestants from 93 other countries and delighting her home nation. Gray wore a sparkling red dress she said was inspired by a volcano in the Philippines as she was handed the crown to the delight of a roaring crowd that generally favoured Southeast Asian contestants. We will be taking a look at Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray's hottest bikini pics, from the 67th edition of Miss Universe beauty pageant and her Instagram account. You can glance through her photographs along with learning about the 24-year-old's journey to becoming the Miss Universe 2018. Catriona Gray Is Miss Universe 2018 Winner! Know Who Is Miss Philippines & Why She Was Hot Favourite to Win 67th Miss Universe Crown (See Pics).

The Filipina-Australian singer and model said she wore red because "when I was 13 my mom said she had a dream that I would win Miss Universe in a red dress." She said her mom cried when they saw each other after she won the competition, the 67th Miss Universe pageant. Gray edged out first runner-up Tamaryn Green of South Africa and third-place Sthefany Gutierrez of Venezuela. She succeeds Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa. Catriona Gray Wins Miss Universe 2018 Crown: Pia Wurtzbach and Other Two Miss Philippines Who Bagged Miss Universe Title Before Catriona!

Catriona Gray in Miss Universe 2018 (Photo Credits: Instagram)

In the Philippines, pageants are a popular attraction, and Gray's countrymen watching the televised contest cheered wildly and jumped for joy when she was declared the winner. Celebrations were especially buoyant in Oas town in the northeastern province of Albay, from which Gray's Filipina mother hails. According to Gray, her gown's design, with its lava colour and appearance, was influenced by Albay's iconic Mayon Volcano. Gray's father is Australian, and she was born and grew up in Cairns, Australia. She studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston in the United States. Miss Philippines Catriona Gray Bewitches Netizens With Her Slow-Mo Twirl in Miss Universe 2018 Swimsuit Round (Watch Video).

 

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The office of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was quick to congratulate the winner. Gray is the fourth Filipina to be named Miss Universe. "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," he said in a statement from the presidential palace. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray Winning Moment Video: Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters Crowns Miss Philippines as Her Successor (See Pics).

"In her success, Miss Philippines has shown to the world that women in our country have the ability to turn dreams into reality through passion, diligence, determination and hard work."

 

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An early round of questioning touched on the issue of drugs, a controversial issue in the Philippines where Duterte's aggressive 'war on drugs' has taken thousands of lives, many in what critics charge were extrajudicial executions. Duterte raised even more controversy when he recently joked that he smoked marijuana to deal with his busy schedule of meetings with other Asian leaders at a regional summit.

Asked what she thought about legalising marijuana, Gray said: "I'm for it being used for medical use, but not so for recreational use. Because I think if people will argue, then what about alcohol and cigarettes? Everything is good but in moderation."

This year's Miss Universe competition included the first-ever transgender contestant, Angela Ponce of Spain. She said in a video presentation that it was not important for her to win but was more important for her "to be here." One of the few controversies of this year's contest involved Miss United States, Sarah Rose Summers, seeming to mock contestants from Cambodia and Vietnam over their English language skills. Summers apologized.

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The finale was again hosted by Steve Harvey who infamously announced the wrong winner in the 2015 contest. Harvey joked briefly about the incident in exchanges with contestants and said: "You all can't let that go" and "I'm still here." The theme of this year's pageant was "Empowered Women" and was judged by seven women including former pageant winners, businesswomen and a fashion designer. (Inputs from PTI).