HIGHLIGHTS: Catriona Gray’s reign as Miss Universe 2018

Alexa Villano

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HIGHLIGHTS: Catriona Gray’s reign as Miss Universe 2018

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Queen Catriona is one for the books

After a year-long reign, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray passed on the crown to a new queen, South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi, who joined the Miss Universe sisterhood on Monday, December 9. 

Catriona carried on her shoulders then the daunting task of bringing back the crown just 3 years after Pia Wurtzbach. (IN PHOTOS: Catriona Gray visits Brazil for Smile Train charity event)

Here’s are highlights from her reign as Miss Universe: 

Media Week

Catriona kicked off her Miss Universe reign with television, web, and radio guestings. Some of her appearances included interviews with Today and Live with Kelly and Ryan


She also did an in-depth interview at the Build Series Studio. (READ: Catriona Gray talks about social media and the PH vs Aus ‘debate’)

BUILD SERIES. Catriona Gray visits AOL Build at Build Studio on January 08, 2019 in New York City. File photo byTheo Wargo/Getty Images/AFP

New York Fashion Week

As Miss Universe, Catriona attended various fashion shows during New York Fashion Week. 

amfAR. Catriona Gray attends the amfAR New York Gala 2019 at Cipriani Wall Street on February 6, 2019 in New York City.  File photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images/AFP

 NAEEM KHAN SHOW. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray attends the Naeem Khan front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 12, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows/AFP

REUNION. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, Miss Vietnam H'Hen Nie and Iman Oubou attend the Phuong My front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on February 12, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows/AFP


Philippine homecoming

Just like Pia Wurtzbach before her, Catriona got a big homecoming in February with two motorcades – one all over Manila and Makati and the other one at the Araneta Center.

HOMECOMING. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray  waves to the in her homecoming parade in Manila on February 21, 2019. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

WHERE IT BEGAN. Catriona Gray gets a warm welcome at the Araneta City during her parade. File photo by Dion Besa/Rappler

She also had a homecoming special produced by ABS-CBN, where she got to show off her famous lava walk and Mayon gown.

COMING HOME. Catriona Gray during her homecoming special at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last February. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


Charity work

Perhaps the biggest accomplishment of Catriona’s was the work she did with various organizations. Aside from her work with Love Yourself and Young Focus, she also worked with organizations Miss Universe has been supporting such as Education Through Music New York,  Best Buddies, Smile TrainGod’s Love We Deliver, Apicha CHC, and LGBTQ+ forums.




SMILE TRAIN. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray visits the Philippine Band of Mercy Medical Facility in Quezon City last August. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler


Travels around the world, magazine covers, endorsements

In Indonesia, she crowned the new Puteri Indonesia title holder and shot a commercial for a vitamin drink. In South Africa, she not only judged the Miss South Africa pageant but also attended forums on LGBTQ+ issues and went on a safari tour.

She also went to Thailand, Brazil, and constantly shuttled between Manila and New York. In Manila, she graced the cover of various magazine and scored numerous endorsement deals.





Last days as Miss Universe

Before she passed on the crown, Catriona greeted the 2019 candidates and talked to them about the work she’s done. She also visited a children’s hospital in Atlanta and hosted the preliminary competition.


HOSTING. Catriona  does hosting duties during the preliminary competition. Screenshot from Miss Universe


During her farewell walk, Catriona said that she is forever grateful for the opportunities Miss Universe has given her. She also thanked her kababayans for supporting her.


PURPOSEFUL REIGN. Catriona Gray makes her final wave and walk as Miss Universe 2018. Photo courtesy of the Miss Universe Organization

“To my beloved Philippines, isang [karangalan] po ito. You endlessly inspire me and give me hope. Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat. Above all, thank you God. I lift everything up to glorify and honor you.

“As I close this chapter, I do so with a grateful heart. To everyone with a dream, know that your dreams are valid, and on your path you are never denied, and only redirected.”

Congratulations Catriona. You will always be the Miss Universe for the people whose lives you’ve touched. – Rappler.com

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Alexa Villano

Alexa is one of Rappler's Lifestyle and Entertainment reporters, covering local entertainment news to a wide range of topics from beauty pageants to reality shows.