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The world has got a new beauty queen! We are bringing you information that you haven’t heard of yet about Philippine Catriona Gray, the new Miss Universe!

Things you don’t know about the new Miss World, beautiful Catriona Gray!

Eva Ledecká
19.Dec 2018
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Catriona Gray was born to an Australian father and a mother with Philippine roots on 6th January 1994 in Queensland, in the town of Cairns. The beautiful and intelligent girl, which the whole world is now talking about, is a singer, model, theatre actress, but also an artist and a fighter. She’s got a million fans on Facebook and her Instagram account is followed by 848.3 thousand of people. What interesting facts you might not know about her yet? We will tell you!

Catriona Gray is no newbie in beauty contests.

Her beauty has attracted attention ever since she was born. As a five year old in 1999, she won a beauty contest Little Miss Philippines in Sydney. She’s won plenty of special prizes in 2016 in the contest Miss World Philippines 2016. She also appeared in the contest Miss World in the same year, where she ended up in TOP 5 finalists. She is the fourth Philippine that has won the title Miss Universe and the first Philippine who represented her country in both Miss World and Miss Universe contest.

  • She studied Trinity Anglican School in Cairns. She received a certificate in Musical Theory at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While at school, she was the lead singer of a jazz band and played in local productions of the musical Miss Saigon.
  • When she finished high school, she moved to Manilla, the capital of Philippines, where she worked as a commercial model.
  • She is also talented in the field of arts. She paints and she uses her paintings for raising money for the charity called Paraiso Bright Beginnings Project.
  • At the same time, she has a black belt in the martial art Choi Kwang-Do, which she started practising when she was 8 years old.
  • Her life partner is a Philippian-German model, Clint Bondad.
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Fun facts from the Miss Universe contest

  • During the Miss Universe contest, Catriona Gray presented a national costume that symbolized indigenous tribes of ancient Philippines, together with a gigantic Christmas lantern. The costume was accompanied by a shaman dance.
  • The beauty received admiring critiques from the internet audience and the commentators already in the beginnings of the contest, when she showed up in a luxurious pink bikini.
  • What is her opinion about the legalisation of marihuana, which has been legalized in Canada not long ago? “I support its usage for medicinal purpose, but not as much for recreational purposes. Everything is good, but with a measure.”
  • What is the most important lesson she has learned and will apply during the times when she will be wearing the crown of Miss Universe?

“I work a lot in the Tondo slums in Manilla, where the life is really poor and sad. I have learned to see the beauty of it, the beauty of children’s faces and to be grateful. I want to teach people to be grateful for the amazing world we can have. I want to support the world where negativism doesn’t have to grow and I want to support smiles on the faces of children.”


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