Catriona Gray won the Miss Universe 2018 title for so many reasons. She was friendly to the other candidates, she made sure to represent her country very well, she’s comfortable in answering the judges’ questions, both from preliminary and the coronation night, and she strutted the runway like it’s nobody’s business.
The 24-year-old turned the world into slow motion, literally, when she did her signature “slow-mo twirl” during the pageant. As if that’s not enough, Catriona also had a solid walk that even supermodels were impressed by it.
Watching almost a hundred candidates walking on the same runway, wearing identical swimsuits and sparkly evening gowns, could get a little boring and monotonous. However, Catriona Gray’s confidence and eye on the prize have definitely helped her in winning the recently concluded Miss Universe pageant as the Philippines’ pride made sure to stand out from the rest.
The newly-crowned Miss Universe 2018 first created a storm when she introduced her “lava walk” during the preliminary competition. The footage of her confident stride and twirl quickly became viral as netizens were going gaga over her insanely fluid and sassy catwalk moves, including spins and enviably good hair flicks.
Catriona’s walk was such a breath of fresh air that many said that it was one of the best, if not the best, walk in the whole Miss Universe history. In fact, her walk was so strong that it even caught the attention of supermodel Tyra Banks.
The 45-year-old American television personality, producer, businesswoman, actress, author, and former model couldn’t contain herself after watching Catriona’s Next Top Model-worthy walk. Tyra tweeted “Pinoy power to the max!” Catriona, who is obviously a big Tyra fan, then responded, “OMG” followed by the crying and heart eye emoji.
The mutual fangirling didn’t end there, Tyra tweeted her back saying, “And OMG back at YOU! You did it! And that walk and confidence? I mean… NEXT LEVEL FIERCE!!! TyTy approves.”
Miss Universe 2018 backstage host Ashley Graham, who picked Catriona Gray as one of her top three contestants, gave the winner a shout out on her Instagram stories, writing “Congratulations [to the] Philippines. You’re so beautiful, and you deserve the crown.”
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Top 5 Countries With The Most Miss Universe Winners From 1952-2018
#4 is slowly catching up!
After it has been noted that Catriona Gray is the fourth candidate from the Philippines who won the Miss Universe title, many became curious as to which country has the most winners. Most of us have been watching the annual international beauty pageant, but we weren’t really keeping tabs on the winners’ countries.
But since many are still having the Miss Universe fever, we believe that we should savor this moment. Here are the top 5 countries that have the most Miss Universe winners from 1952-2018.
1. United States - 8
Miss Grand International Winner Claims Miss Universe 2018 Was A ‘Cooking Show’
“You really can’t buy class. How cheap! What a cheap move from a cheap pageant.”
Beauty queens are known for their grace and helpful nature. We always see these candidates rooting for each other, being genuinely happy for the winners, and supporting them during their reign.
However, it appears that the beauty pageant community has a lot of drama as well. In fact, one current titleholder seems to throw shade at the newly-crowned Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray.
Aussie Media Claims Miss Universe 2018 Winner Catriona Gray Wore The Wrong Sash
They wanted her to wear a different sash.
Catriona Gray has made a lot of Filipinos proud and happy after winning Miss Universe 2018 and bringing back the crown to the country. However, it’s not just Filipinos who were taking pride in the 24-year-old’s win.
In fact, Catriona Gray has been in the front pages of Australian media outlets after nabbing the Miss Universe crown on December 17, 2018, that was held at IMPACT Arena, Muang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi Province, Thailand. Why is this, you ask? The newly-crowned Miss Universe grew up in Australia, and they believe that they deserve the recognition.