Miss Universe 2018 victor: Miss Philippines Catriona Gray bags the title

Miss Universe 2018 victor: Miss Philippines Catriona Gray bags the title

She succeeds Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa.

The Philippines' Catriona Gray was named Miss Universe 2018 in a competition concluding Monday in Bangkok, besting contestants from 93 other countries and delighting her home country.

To the disappointment of the Venezuelan and South African candidates, who also made it to the Top 3, 24-year-old Catriona managed to charm the judging panel, which this year for the first time boasted an all-female lineup.

Catriona Gray of the Philippines smiles after being crowned the new Miss Universe 2018 on December 17, 2018 in Bangkok. Well, the Australia-born Philippines beauty queen is in Bangkok to compensate for that defeat with a bigger title, Miss Universe.

"Over the pageant's 67-year history, Bangkok has hosted Miss Universe in 1992 and 2005, with representatives of Thailand also capturing the crown twice in 1965 and 1988", the organization's website reads. "Regardless of different backgrounds and allegiances, in this, you have brought us together", she said.

In the final round, Gray earned applause describing her work in the slums of the Philippine capital Manila. "The Filipinos will be by your side in your Miss Universe journey", Poe said in her message for Gray. "(Is this real? Is this really Tyra?) And then I checked the link she was commenting on and it was my video and I was like oh my god!"

India had pinned high hopes on 22-yr-old Nehal Chudasama, to end a long drought for the country at the pageant as Lara Dutta had last brought back the crown in 2000.

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Earlier in the competition, Gray was asked about her views on legalisation of marijuana.

A Facebook post by a certain Mackie Contreras made its rounds on social media showing a picture of the Edsa traffic, saying that Gray's gown also represented the unmoving traffic in Edsa.

After a hard-fought three-hour beauty pageant featuring contestant models from all across the globe, the world has a new Miss Universe!

Miss Venezuela and Miss South Africa came in second and third place, respectively.

The finale was again hosted by Steve Harvey who infamously announced the wrong victor in the 2015 contest. She became a crowd-favourite during the Miss Universe competition, largely down to her wit, and was crowned victor aged just 18. Valeria Morales was mocked for her silent demeanour and lack of communication by Miss USA, Sarah Rose Summers.

The contestants spent almost a month in Thailand to compete in preliminary rounds wearing elaborate national costumes, visit famous tourist sites and even met the country's prime minister. Because if you give them food, they will go hungry the next day.

During her reign, Gloria travelled widely with the Miss Universe Organisation, supporting the causes it advocates, and became a public figure thanks to many public and television events in the United States.