"She represented the country so very, very well".
Catriona Gray has been hailed this year's Miss Universe victor. While Margie Moran wore white when she won Miss Universe 1973. She embodies the Filipina's beauty, intelligence and burning passion.
The new Miss Universe beat out 93 other hopefuls in a star-studded competition, including runner-up Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green and the 2nd runner-up, Miss Venezuela Sthefany Gutiérrez.
In the final round, Gray earned applause describing her work in the slums of the Philippine capital Manila.
"If I could teach people to be grateful, we could have an unbelievable world where negativity could not grow and foster, and children would have a smile on their face", she said. I would bring this aspect as a Miss Universe to see situations with a silver lining.
Gray waving to the crowd.
Despite being busy with her career and charity, the Miss Universe 2018 is also enjoying a loving relationship with her longtime boyfriend.
The victor, who pipped 93 other contestants to win the title, has a love for the arts and holds a Master Certificate in Music Theory.
In addition, Gray volunteers as a teacher's assistant to the students of a nonprofit organization and is also an advocate for HIV/AIDS at Love Yourself PH.
A spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte in a statement praised Gray's win for putting the Philippines on the world map "for its beauty and elegance".
The representatives from Vietnam and Puerto Rico, both strong and popular contenders, cracked the Top 5.
Gray made a mark in her first worldwide pageant stint during Miss World 2016 with an outstanding answer to the question, "Which qualities do you think it will take to wear my crown?" Because I think if people will argue, then what about alcohol and cigarettes? It is like action carried out by one to illuminate the lives of many. She says adobo and balut are her favorite to eat when in the Philippines.
The 67th edition of Miss Universe beauty pageant was held at Bangkok in Thailand.
Despite going up against other returnees and titleholders, Gray consistently topped polls and forecasts ahead of the BBP coronation.
Miss Universe 2018 host Steve Harvey took to social media to share a video message with Egyptian fans of the pageant show, which saw Miss Philippines nab the crown on Sunday night, saying they should be "proud" of Miss Egypt.