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ICYMI: Miss Universe 2018 Highlights

The whole universe is shaking as women of different color, culture, and figure from across the globe compete to bring home the Miss Universe 2018 title.

Many Filipino fans including our very own Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, flew to Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok, Thailand to support our country’s bet, Catriona Gray.

Miss Universe 2018 highlights

Out of all the ninety-four candidates, only twenty women were selected to continue their journey. Meanwhile, Miss Spain, the first transgender to enter the competition failed to make it to the top 20.

Here are the top 20 candidates:

Asia Pacific/Africa

  • South Africa – Tamaryn Green
  • Philippines – Catriona Gray
  • Nepal – Manita Devkota
  • Vietnam – H’Hen Nie
  • Thailand – Sophida Kanchanarin

Europe

  • Poland – Magdalena Swat
  • Belgium – Zoë Brunet
  • Great Britain – Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers
  • Hungary – Enikő Kecskés
  • Ireland – Grainne Gallanagh

Americas

  • Curacao – Akisha Albert
  • Costa Rica – Natalia Carvajal
  • Canada – Marta Magdalena Stępień
  • Puerto Rico – Kiara Ortega
  • Jamaica – Emily Sara-Claire Maddison

Wildcard

  • USA – Sarah Rose Summers
  • Venezuela – Sthefany Gutiérrez
  • Indonesia – Sonia Fergina Citra
  • Brazil – Mayra Dias
  • Australia – Francesca Hung

After selecting the top 20, the candidates then delivered their opening statements. Miss Philippines Catriona Gray elaborated her experience working in one of the poorest areas in the Philippines.

The top 10 was announced. Miss USA Sarah Summers who was the talk of the town lately because of her misunderstood Instagram live statement failed to make it to the cut.

TOP 10 (in no particular order)

  • South Africa – Tamaryn Green
  • Vietnam – H’Hen Nie
  • Venezuela – Sthefany Gutiérrez
  • Philippines – Catriona Gray
  • Costa Rica – Natalia Carvajal
  • Curacao – Akisha Albert
  • Nepal – Manita Devkota
  • Canada – Marta Magdalena Stępień
  • Thailand – Sophida Kanchanarin
  • Puerto Rico – Kiara Ortega

After announcing the top 10, the candidates flaunt their jaw-dropping figures while donning pink and yellow swimsuits. Catriona slayed her performance repeating her viral slow-mo lava walk.

Filipinos were anxious as the top 5 was announced, favorably, Catriona Gray was included. Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green was pulsed to be one of the tough competitors of Gray.

TOP 5

  • Puerto Rico – Kiara Ortega
  • Vietnam – H’Hen Nie
  • Philippines – Catriona Gray
  • South Africa – Tamaryn Green
  • Venezuela – Sthefany Gutiérrez

Catriona Gray did her signature lava walk as she donned a Mayon Volcano inspired gown by Mark Tumang paired by her iconic ‘three stars and the sun’ ear cuff.

After exhibiting their evening gowns, it was time for the first question and answer portion. Gray was given a question about the legalization of marijuana which she directly and accurately answered.

After minutes of intense waiting, Catriona was announced to be included in the top 3 together with Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green and Miss Venezuela Sthefany Gutiérrez.

For the second question and answer portion, Gray was asked about a lesson in her life that could she correlate to her time as Miss Universe.

Shortly after the second Q and A, Catriona Gray was crowned as the Miss Universe 2018. This was followed by Miss South Africa as the first runner-up and Miss Venezuela as the second runner-up.

After bagging the Miss Universe 2018 crown today, the Philippines is now the fourth country in the world with the most number of Miss Universe title wins.

The Philippines has a total of four crowns. Gloria Diaz in 1969, Margarita Moran in 1973, Pia Wurtzbach in 2015, and now, Catriona Gray in 2018.

 

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