Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray Answers to Question On Legalisation of Marijuana: Philippines Beauty Queen Delivers Balanced Answer To Win
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and her take on marijuana (Photo Credits: YouTube screengrab, Wikimedia Commons)

The final Q&A of Miss Universe pageants often give the world an insight into the contestants’ intellectual capabilities and what their stand is on controversial topics and “gray” areas. This year’s Miss Universe (2018) winner Catriona Gray proved to the world why she deserved the coveted title with her balanced answers. On being questioned by the host Steve Harvey about what she thinks about the legalisation about marijuana in countries like Canada, she won a round of rousing applause from the audience in the Top 5 Q&A round. She calmly replied: “I’m for it being used in a medical use, but not so for recreational use.” She followed her answer with a clarification: “But I think if people were to argue, ‘What about alcohol and cigarettes?’ Well, everything is good but in moderation.” Who Were The Top 5 Contestants At Miss Universe 2018?

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While some may be on board with the new Miss Universe’s stance against recreational marijuana use, it should be noted that Catriona Gray belongs to a country that has a rather strict stance on drug use. When Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte assumed power in 2016, he started a “drug war” where suspected drug dealers were shot dead without a trial. Many human-rights activists have spoken out against the inhuman practice and investigations have been launched into all the killings that took place ever since Duterte came into power. Miss Universe 2018 Winner Catriona Gray From Philippines Wore a ‘Mayon’ Gown Created by Mak Tumang for the Beauty Pageant at Bangkok, Thailand.

The new Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Gray, however, had a more balanced view in her answer. She deserves all the applause because she negotiated a complicated question, which is a contentious issue back in her country, with aplomb.

Meanwhile, she also gave a rather impassioned answer to the question: “What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your life and how would you apply it to your time as Miss Universe?” She replies: “I work a lot in the slums of Tondo, Manila, and the life there is very…it’s poor it’s very sad. And I have always told myself to look for the beauty in it. Look for the beauty in the faces of the children and to be grateful.”

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She adds, “And I would bring this aspect as a Miss Universe to see situations for the silver lining. And to assess where I could give something; where I could provide something as a spokesperson. And we could teach people also to be grateful we could have an amazing world where negativity could not grow and foster. And children will always have a smile on their faces.”