BANGKOK – Shorty after being crowned Miss Universe 2018 on Monday, the Philippines’ Catriona Gray revealed her mother had foretold she would one day win the beauty contest.
Gray told reporters at a Bangkok press conference that her fiery red dress was inspired by her country’s Mt Mayon volcano as well as her mother.
“When I was 13 years old my mother told me: ‘I had a dream that you were in Miss Universe and you won in a red dress,’” Gray said.
“When I saw her earlier she said ‘I dreamed this!’ and she had tears in her eyes,” she added.
She told reporters that her win had “not sunken in yet.”
Gray’s first goal is to broaden awareness about AIDS, a project close to her heart after she lost one of her friends to complications from HIV.
She also aims to continue working to provide quality education to children from underprivileged areas, which she began more than three years ago.
This aspiration allows her to remain humble, said Gray, who thanked her team and family.
Gray was crowned by her predecessor, South African Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, while fellow South African Tamaryn Green and Venezuelan Sthefany Gutierrez escorted her as first and second runners-up respectively.
Also in the final round were Puerto Rican Kiara Ortega and Vietnamese H’Hen Nie.
The first transgender woman in the history of the competition, Spain’s Angela Ponce, was eliminated in the first round.
This is the third time Thailand has hosted this competition.The first was in 1992 when Michelle McLean from Namibia was crowned winner, and again in 2005 when Canadian Natalie Glebova won.