Malaki ang kumpiyansa ng beauty queen-model na si Rachel Peters na maiuuwi ni Catriona Gray ang Miss Universe 2018 crown.
Si Rachel ang representative ng Pilipinas sa Miss Universe 2017 at nagpasa ng titulo bilang Miss Universe Philippines kay Catriona sa Binibining Pilipinas 2018 noong March 18.
Nakapanayam ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at iba pang miyembro ng press si Rachel nitong Lunes, November 26, sa press conference ng The Moffats sa EDSA Shangri-La Hotel sa Mandaluyong City.
Nang araw na iyon ay nakasama ni Rachel si Catriona sa isang photo shoot bago mag-host ang una sa press conference.
Isa sa mga obserbasyon niya ay kung gaano kahanda si Catriona para sa Miss Universe.
Pahayag ni Rachel, "She looked beautiful.
"I know if anyone is going to do amazing, it's her 'cause she's so prepared.
"As in sobra, lahat ng mga segments ng pageant, she knows everything about it, and I think when you fail to prepare, [you prepare to fail].
"She's prepared and I know she's gonna be awesome, and we will all be cheering for her from here."
Ayon kay Rachel, humingi rin sa kanya ng advice si Catriona, maging sa iba pang naging pambato ng Pilipinas sa Miss Universe, bago ito nagtungo sa Bangkok, Thailand.
"I think she took a little bit of advice from all of the former Miss Universe [Philippine candidates], and not just Miss Universe, but also women who have competed in international competitions.
"She did ask me about a very specific question, about a very specific interview, which to me it just showed, like, how dedicated she is because she's really covering all bases."
Sa tingin pa ng 27-year-old cafe owner, tama lang ang ginawang paghahanda ni Catriona para sa kumpetisyon.
"Honestly, I don't think that you can over-prepare for something like that.
"Because there's so many things that happen all the time [like] unexpected dinners, unexpected photo shoots.
"She's gonna be amazing, she's so prepared.
"There's no such thing as being over-prepared when you are a Miss Universe."
Bukod dito, masasabi rin ni Rachel na si Catriona ang isa sa pinakahandang kandidata ng Pilipinas para sa Miss Universe, bukod kay Pia Wurtzbach na nakapag-uwi ng korona noong 2015.
"I didn't know Pia at the time. I heard Pia worked super hard also.
"But based on everything that I've heard on Catriona, we're working with the same team and I heard she's going all out for this.
"And I can't wait to see all of her outfits that she's worked on and prepared.
"And also her national costume, I think it's gonna be super bongga.
"I don't know what it looks like but something to do with all around the Philippines.
"So I will be just like you, waiting to see how it turns out."
Sa huli, nag-iwan ng mensahe si Rachel para sa Filipino pageant fans na suportahan si Catriona sa Miss Universe journey nito.
Aniya, "To all the Filipino pageant fans out there, let's support Catriona.
"Please always understand that when a girl is out there competing, it can be hard being away from her family.
"And having training and prepared for so many months, so let's just support her.
"I know she's gonna give it her best. Let's send good vibes and love all the time.
"Hopefully, sana she can bring home the crown for us again."