Philippine bet Catriona Gray was one of the standouts at the Miss Universe 2018 preliminary competition.
The 24-year-old model-singer received one of the loudest cheers at the IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday night, December 13.
For the opening segment of the preliminaries, the candidates wore gowns from Sherri Hill.
Catriona's pick was a black dress with metallic embellishments.
Catriona set the stage on fire with her "Lava Walk" during the swimsuit round.
The Bicolana beauty queen and 93 other contestants wore swimsuits designed by Thailand's beloved princess Sirivannavari Nariratana.
Catriona's pick was a hot pink one-piece swimsuit with cutouts.
For the evening gown part of the competition, Catriona slayed the runway in a custom-made gown designed by Filipino fashion designer Mak Tumang.
In an Instagram post by @missesphilippines, Mak reportedly made seven gowns for Catriona's bid for the Miss Universe crown. However, the 24-year-old beauty queen only brought three to Bangkok.
Below are the four other design sketches he made for Catriona:
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4/7 gowns made by sir @maktumang! 3 gowns yun dala ni Cat so eto yun apat pa na hindi napili! OMG! Ang gaganda lahat! 😍 1. Bandila 2. Las islas 3. Del Mar 4. Region del Sol Kung bibigyan ka ng chance? Alin susuotin mo? 💕 @catriona_gray | Miss Universe - Philippines 2018 #Bbpilipinas #Bbpilipinas2018 #Binibiningpilipinas #Missuniversephilippines #Missuniverse #Missuniverso #Beautyqueen #Beautypageant #Confidentlybeautiful #Thailand #Mabuhay #Pinay #Philippines
Thai host Pete K and Miss Universe 2017 Demi Leigh Nel-Peters hosted the event.
Miss Universe has an all-female panel of judges for this year's competition: Filipino-American fashion designer Monique Lhuillier; Miss New Jersey USA 2004 and Women's March founder Janaye Ingram; Moroccan-American entrepreneur Iman Oubou; entrepreneur and CEO of CulturIntel and CIEN + TV Lili Gil Valetta, and CEO of Platinum Skies Aviation and FinTech Casha and Vice Chairperson of the LCS Group of Companies Richelle Singson-Michael.
Miss Universe 1988 from Thailand Bui Simon and Miss Universe 1992 from Namibia Michelle McLean are also part of this year's panel of judges.
The grand coronation night will be held on Monday, December 17, at IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
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