Catriona Gray arrives in New York to start Miss Universe reign

MANILA, Philippines – After a much-needed holiday break spent out of the public eye, Catriona Gray left the Philippines for New York City, where she will be living for the next year to carry out her duties as the reigning Miss Universe.

"Refreshed from a quiet holiday season with my loved ones, I've packed up my home in Manila and now I'm ready to move to my new home in New York City!! I still can't believe it!" she wrote in a January 3 post on Instagram.

View this post on Instagram Refreshed from a quiet holiday season with my loved ones, I've packed up my home in Manila and now I'm ready to move to my new home in New York City!!  I still can't believe it! @missuniverse I have to say I'm most nervous about experiencing the chill of NYC in winter  but would love to know, what are your recommendations to see, do and eat?! Let me know in the comments below!!  #MissUniverse Styled by @ton_lao @justine.aliman19 in a @jorel.espina Bomberong jacket A post shared by Catriona Gray (@catriona_gray) on Jan 2, 2019 at 5:01am PST

 

In true Catriona fashion, her going-away outfit was distinctly Filipino: a barong-inspired bomber jacket by Jorel Espina, worn with jeans and thigh-high boots.

On her Instagram stories, she also posted a photo from the luxury apartment she will be living in.

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com/catriona_gray

"Someone pinch me!" she wrote.

She later posted a photo of her at the Miss Universe headquarters sipping a cup of tea and wearing a skirt hand-embellished with mother of pearl by the Tagakaolo tribe of Mindanao.

View this post on Instagram Dropped by the @missuniverse headquarters today  super jetlagged but giant cups of tea and coffee are getting me through! In a denim skirt hand-embellished with mother of pearl by the Tagakaolo tribe @ninofranco.ph @ton_lao A post shared by Catriona Gray (@catriona_gray) on Jan 4, 2019 at 2:29pm PST

As part of her Miss Universe duties, Catriona will begin her media blitz with an appearance on US morning talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan on January 7.

According to the show's website, tickets for the January 7 show are already sold out.

Catriona was crowned Miss Universe 2018 on December 17, 2018, becoming the fourth Filipina to win the title. Rappler.com