Philippines’ Miss Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray is Miss Universe 2018. Gray was crowned as the new Miss Universe during the coronation event held at Impact, Muang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi Province, Thailand today, December 17.
First runner-up is South Africa’s Tamaryn Green and second runner-up is Venezuela’s Sthefany Gutiérrez.
Puerto Rico’s Kiara Ortega and Vietnam’s H’Hen Niê reached the top five round.
Among the pageant judges were Colombian-American businesswoman and entrepreneur Liliana Gil Valletta, American political organizer and Miss New Jersey USA 2004 Janaye Ingram, Filipino-American fashion designer Monique Lhuillier, Miss Universe 1992 from Namibia Michelle McLean, Moroccan-American scientist, entrepreneur, medical missionary, and former beauty pageant titleholder Iman Oubou, Miss Universe 1988 from Thailand Bui Simon, and Filipino businesswoman and architect Richelle Singson-Michael.
Gray is the fourth Filipina to be hailed as Miss Universe. Pia Wurtzbach won in 2015, Margarita Moran won in 1973, and Gloria Diaz won in 1969.