Naniniwala si Miss Universe 2005 Natalie Glebova na karapat-dapat ang pagkapanalo ni Catriona Gray sa katatapos lamang na Miss Universe 2018 sa Bangkok, Thailand, December 17, Lunes.
Si Natalie ang kumatawan sa Canada noong 2005 sa Miss Universe pageant na ginanap din sa Thailand.
Nang makoronahang Miss Universe, nanatili na rin sa Thailand si Natalie.
Sa guest appearance ng 37-anyos na beauty queen sa isang Thai television show, ipinaliwanag niya kung bakit deserving si Catriona sa kanyang pagkapanalo.
“I feel that Catriona deserved to win because she was one of the most prepared girls, and I always say if you prepare well, you will do well in the competition,” paliwanag ng Canadian titlist.
Iyon daw ang nakita niya kay Catriona.
“And you can tell she practiced: her walks, the way she spoke, the turns, the hair flips… Everything… the whole package.
“And as I said, the preparations, that’s her strength and I believe that if any girl really took time to prepare the same way, they could have the same results.”
Dugtong pa ni Natalie, ang pagsali sa Miss Universe ay hindi lang tungkol sa kung sino ang pinakamaganda.
“As I always say, winning is 90 percent mental. It’s mental toughness, mental strength...
“If you are mentally prepared and you are not psyched out by the other contestants, you don’t feel inferior or threatened by any other else, and you’re just in your zone, in your mode, in your winner’s mode; then nobody can stop you.
“It’s not about who’s the most beautiful, who has the best walk, the best body…” pahayag ng former Miss Universe.
Nauna nang nag-status si Janine Tugonon at sinabi niyang si Catriona ang “most prepared” na kandidatang Pilipina na ipinadala sa Miss Universe.
Si Janine ang kandidata ng Pilipinas sa Miss Universe 2012, kung saan itinanghal siyang first runner-up.