Catriona Gray shows class and grace in final walk as Miss Universe

by Nikko Tuazon
Dec 9, 2019
Catriona Gray, graceful and thankful, at the end of her reign as Miss Universe 2018.
PHOTO/S: Screengrab from Miss Universe Organization

Catriona Gray was a picture of grace and elegance in her final walk as Miss Universe.

She relinquished her crown to Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa at the Miss Universe 2019 grand coronation last Sunday night, December 8, (December 9, Philippine time), at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S, A.

The 25-year-old Filipina beauty queen lit up the Miss Universe stage in a powder blue ball gown by Mak Tumang.

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In an Instagram post, Mak called his creation "Reflection," saying, "The creation's inspiration stems from the vision of the Philippine Eagle flying over the flawless turquoise seas embracing our archipelago.

"Despite its mighty ability to soar up high far beyond the clouds, it could still manage to look down until the point of reflecting itself on the shiny waters.

"This display of both might & humility is the call each of us heeds.

"As a nation, we are to have a steadfast spirit yet we also take a moment to journey within ourselves.

"By doing so, we could be able to mirror the beauty that is within us, to mirror what is true and just and to mirror the light which illuminates our path. Silay; to mirror, Pagbubulay; to introspect - the Filipino nation's moment of reflection!"

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During her walk, Catriona recalled her journey as Miss Universe and thanked everyone who joined her in this journey.

She said, "I wanted my year to be a reign of purpose, from advocating for quality education for all to raising awareness for HIV and AIDS, I've started to use my voice for good.

"Thank you to mom and dad for always believing in me, Paula and Esther for your mentorship, the Miss Universe Organization and to Team Catriona, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

"And to my beloved Philippines, isang karangalan po ito. You endlessly inspire me and give me hope.

"To everyone with a dream, know that your dreams are valid and on your path your are never denied and only redirected."

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Catriona Gray, graceful and thankful, at the end of her reign as Miss Universe 2018.
PHOTO/S: Screengrab from Miss Universe Organization
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