Kabilang si Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray sa naimbitahan para maging judge sa Miss South Africa 2019 sa Agosto 9, Biyernes, sa Sun Arena ng Time Square sa Pretoria, South Africa.
Ipinost na ni Catriona sa Instagram ang pagbiyahe niya sa South Africa.
Ayon sa report ng South Africa’s IOL or Independent Online, ang iba pang makakasama ni Catriona sa panel of judges ay sina Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, TV personality-author-comedienne Anele Mdoda, actress and businesswoman Connie Ferguson, at South African model, activist and lawyer Thando Hopa, ang first woman with albinism to be featured on a Vogue cover.
Sobrang na-excite si Catriona nang maimbitahan siya as one of the judges of Miss South Africa 2019.
Saad niya, “Having been through the pageant system by competing nationally, earning the right to represent my country at Miss Universe and then going on to win the title, I feel that I have first-hand experience of what’s required of a candidate to compete on a national and international level, as well as understanding what the role and platform represents.
“I will be looking for authenticity, confidence and purpose, to find the woman who will continue SA's amazing success in the Miss Universe pageant,” pahayag ni Catriona.
Ayon naman kay Demi-Leigh, ang pagwawagi ng Miss South Africa title ay isang malaking responsibilidad dahil kinakatawan nito ang lahat ng kababaihan ng kanilang bansa.
“This is a responsibility I don’t take lightly. What better way to celebrate Women’s Day than on home soil.
"I have been in these ladies' shoes, so I understand what they are experiencing and I can relate to them in every aspect of the competition.
“I also know how much effort I put in as a competitor and how much dedication it takes to win, not only a national title, but the most sought-after international title.
“Being an international model and having the experience of judging multiple national titles I believe my knowledge and experience will be valuable.”
Si Demi-Leigh ang ikalawang South African beauty na nagwagi ng Miss Universe crown noong 2017. Ang nauna ay si Margaret Gardiner noong 1978.
Ang current Miss South Africa na si Tamaryn Green ay 1st runner-up kay Catriona sa Miss Universe 2018.