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Meet Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray from the Philippines


Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray (born 6 January 1994) is a Filipino-Australian model, singer, and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe 2018. She is thefourth Filipina to win the pageant. Previously, Gray was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2018 and Miss World Philippines 2016.

Gray was born in Cairns, Queensland, to a Scottish-born father, Ian Gray, from Fraserburgh, and a Filipina mother, Normita Ragas Magnayon, from Oas, Albay. Gray is reportedly named after her paternal grandmother, Catherine Gray (née Ross), an immigrant to Western Australia from Scotland in 1952 and Elsa Magnayon (née Ragas), her maternal grandmother from Oas, Albay, Philippines.

Gray was a student at Trinity Anglican Schoolin Cairns where she was a house captain and a school chorister. She received a master's certificate in music theory from the online school of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition, she obtained a certificate in outdoor recreation and a black belt in Choi Kwang-Do martial arts. Furthermore, Gray was lead singer of her school's jazz band, she also starred in local productions of Miss Saigon. After graduating from high school, she moved to Manila where she worked as a commercial model.

After the pageant, the newly crowned Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray packed her bags and headed to her new home, New York City. Follow her year on social @MissUniverse.

Catriona Gray is passionate about the arts and previously received her Master Certificate in Music Theory from Berklee College of Music. She works closely with Young Focus Philippines, an education based NGO that provides free education and school sponsorships for children in Tondo Manila, one of the poorest neighborhoods within the country’s capital city. Catriona is an advocate for HIV/AIDS education and prevention after losing a close friend to the virus. She additionally supports Love Yourself Philippines, an organization that offers free testing, education and treatment to those living with HIV/AIDS, and now as Miss Universe, plans to bring more awareness to the epidemic.

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