There has been a debate about whether Catriona Gray should be considered as Miss Australia or Miss Philippines.
In an interview with the American show Build Series, she set the record straight as some Australians have been claiming her as their own after she won the Miss Universe 2018 beauty pageant.
“I am Miss Philippines,” she stated.
“I really feel like I’m a Miss Philippines. I feel like a Filipina, a Filipino woman. It’s just so happens that when I was growing up, I was very much of an Australian. And I think you can be both because I did grow up with those two sides of the world. I thought it was funny that there was this war, like, ‘No, she’s ours, she’s practically Miss Australia.’ But I am a Miss Philippines.”
Despite the arguments, she added that she actually doesn’t mind Australia’s happiness upon her win.
“I can’t blame them for being excited, from really feeling the high spirits of the season, too. So we’ll let them have that.”
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Miss Universe 2018 is currently in New York City, attending media interviews and appearing in several television shows in America.
People have been buzzing around the happenings before the Miss Universe 2018 coronation night that happened in Bangkok, Thailand. There has been controversies, blunders, wardrobe malfunctions, and viral videos.
Among these is the video of Miss Peru Romina Lozano, who got mistaken for being the now-Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray. The beauty queen didn’t take it to heart though. The two have been previously compared as they have similar facial features.
When she was greeting people and taking photos with them, a man asking for a picture called her “Catriona” and she just laughed it off and proceeded to pose with him.
Miss Universe coronation night was held on December 17 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The newly crowned Miss Universe, Catriona Gray, has impressed a lot of people with her answers during the Q&A segments.
She was slaying every aspect of the whole beauty competition even during the preliminaries, the Filipina-Australian beauty queen has already gone viral for her sultry walk also known as the ‘lava walk‘.
Her runway walk became trending and did not just capture the attention of the Netizens, but even that of the well-known international supermodel Tyra Banks, who retweeted the video and even added a few words of encouragement.
I mean…Pinoy Power to the Max!!! https://t.co/ar22wLvw2k
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) December 15, 2018
It did not end there as after she has been named the newest Miss Universe, Banks replied to her saying that she “did it!” and “TyTy approves”.
And OMG back at YOU!
You did it!
And that walk and confidence?
I mean…NEXT LEVEL FIERCE!!!
TyTy approves. 💛 https://t.co/HJPAUgyZ11
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) December 17, 2018
Aside from the Philippines, the impact of Catriona Gray‘s Miss Universe 2018 win has reached a wider range even to her first roots.
The media outlets from Australia have taken pride in Gray’s achievement as well as she got included in the front page of The Courier Mail.
The words “Miss Universe Philippines” is written and underneath the photo of the beauty queen but they have crossed out the country’s name and put in “Queensland“, where she was born and raised.
A radio station has also posted about the win on Monday, December 18. Hit published an article with the title: “An Australian Girl Just Won Miss Universe But She Wasn’t Miss Australia.”
It included her background of her being born in the country and transfer to Manila to become a model.
“So while she is most definitely Filipino, she’s also Australian!”
Grey’s influence is really undeniable as she has two nations proud of her feat.
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Miss Philippines Catriona Gray may have won the title, but alongside the newly crowned Miss Universe 2018, there were other contestants who won the people’s hearts.
One of them was Miss Vietnam, who had experienced her own ups and downs in life and in the international pageant.
Her Growing up Years.
H’Hen Nie grew up in an ethnic minority, the Rade tribe, which only makes up about 5 percent of Vietnam‘s population.
The community is accustomed to women marrying early and having kids at a young age. It has been handed down from many generations. Because of that, she has been told to marry at 14-years-old.
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Growing up as an ethnic minority in Vietnam, I have seen firsthand that education is the only way to break the cycle of poverty. I want children everywhere to flourish, dream big and have the resilience to overcome obstacles. ❤️ #MissUniverse #MissUniverse2018 #Vietnam #Bangkok #Thailand #ConfidentlyBeautiful #ActiveforEducation
But Nie had bigger dreams than that and decided to move to Ho Chi Minh. This marked the start of her Miss Universe journey.
Her life at the city was far from smooth as she had to work as a domestic helper, tutor, and leaflet delivery girl just to afford her studies and basic necessities.
She touched hearts at her homecoming video, wherein she plopped down on the floor and ate using her hands. It gave the Netizens a sneak peek of the life she used to live.
The beauty queen also rode an overpacked motorcycle through the muddy roads and visited houses to give gifts to the elderly and kids.
Miss Universe Vietnam 2018 – H'Hen Niê's Homecoming
Posted by Sash Factor Vietnam on Friday, December 7, 2018
The controversy surrounded Miss Vietnam as she was deemed to be bullied by Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers in one Instagram live.
Alongside Miss Cambodia, Nie’s lack of English speaking skills were said to be made fun with by the Western contestant.
“She’s so cute and she pretends to know so much English, and then you ask her a question after having a whole conversation with her and she goes… [laughs and nods],” Summers said.
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Regina George, is that you? This is basically like the most dramatic reality show, but condensed into 1 minute lol. @sarahrosesummers hopefully will prove that ignorance will not win you a @missuniverse title…whatever that means these days. This is basically what normalized xenophobia looks like. If she’s trying to show empathy, the condescending, intolerant tone tells a different story. A reminder that you’re participating in a competition in a country/continent where English is NOT the primary language. Cc: @francesca.hung @valeriamoralesd @rern_sinat (Miss Cambodia) • #sarahrosesummers #rernsinat #valeriamorales #francescahung #missuniverse2018 #missuniverse #missworld #missusa #missaustralia #misscolombia #beautyqueen #beautypageant #pageant #pageantlife #missamerica #wiwt #ootd #realityshow #meangirls #reginageorge #gossip #catty #lol #wtf #dietprada
Nie, on the other hand, had nothing but positive words for Summers.
“Everyone in this competition, myself included, loves and respects one another.
“When she knew about my difficulties with (the English) language, she took an interest and showed me love. That’s why she knows about that. Thank you Miss USA for taking care of me, showing me love and helping me recently.”
Netizens showed appreciation.
The Netizens didn’t fail to show their admiration for Miss Vietnam as tweets about her touching backstory and notable donations to the charity.
A twitter user said that aside from Miss Philippines, Nie is also worth congratulating.
They also commended her decision to defy the Vietnamese society’s beauty standards.
Can we PLEASE talk about this year’s Miss Vietnam?! How she ditched the beauty standards of Vietnamese society like long jet black hair and pale skin for a PIXIE CUT and a TAN?! I am living for this! YES! pic.twitter.com/nWp55XyG7l
— Gina Darling (@MissGinaDarling) December 14, 2018
Miss Vietnam could run over me and I would thank her. pic.twitter.com/tpZxAHG0Ln
— LAURA (@laurxcastrx) December 17, 2018
Translations sparked outrage.
Translations are tricky when it comes to international pageants as it may cost anyone from the winning crown.
Netizens have voiced out their disappointment when it comes to Miss Vietnam’s translator as they said that the English translations of her answer is not accurate and messed up.
The question presented was, “The #MeToo movement has sparked a global conversation. In response, some have said that the world has become too politically correct. Do you think the #MeToo movement has gone too far?”
And the translator’s response was as simple as: “I don’t think that it has gone too far. Protecting women and women’s rights is the right thing to do. Women need protection and rights.”
But according to a Netizen named Audrey, the translator totally missed the key points of Nie’s answer.
I’m a Vietnamese native speaker and this is Miss Vietnam’s fully translated and accurate answer: “Protecting women’s well-being/health and protecting women from sexual abuse is the right that every women need. Everyone of us needs to be protected and we need freedom. Thank you.” pic.twitter.com/6B40EqCCmv
— Audrey (@aintyourputa) December 17, 2018
Others even said that the beauty queen could’ve ranked higher if only the translator did her job correctly.
On Monday, December 21 (Philippine time), the whole world—or rather the “universe”—was shocked after pageant host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez as Miss Universe 2015. Minutes later, Harvey came up on stage to apologize and reveal the rightful winner, Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
While the whole country rejoiced as Wurtzbach’s triumph finally put an end to the Philippines’ 42-year drought in the quest for the Miss Universe title, many sympathized with Gutiérrez for the embarrassment the mix-up caused.
However, a Filipino netizen has claimed that the whole fiasco was bad karma for Miss Colombia, who apparently said she was going to give a “back to back” win for her country. In a Facebook post, Jack Anino shared a controversial Instagram post of Ines Ligron, a Colombian beauty coach who allegedly took the photo of Gutiérrez with Wurtzbach in the background.
In the caption, Ligron wrote: “Es lo maximo esta mujer….. Unbeatable. She turns her back to give everyone a clear message: that she is going to give a ‘back to back.’ #missuniversecolombia2015 is the most beautiful candidate, I have been saying it since that day she won….. that it will be almost impossible for anyone else to beat her striking beauty and her charisma….. Pia got mad at me after I told her that it will be hard to beat her, but this is the truth. Last year I predicted Colombia as well… I am pretty sure that I am right again this year.”
It has not been verified if Ligron really posted the photo as her Instagram account has since been deactivated.
Filipinos rejoiced when the country’s bet for Miss Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell bested 85 beauties from all over the world in the international pageant held last November 29 at the U.P. Diliman Theater in Diliman, Quezon City.
Already on its 14th year, this year’s pageant was surrounded by controversies as netizens react on some cringe-worthy glitches committed by the pageant organisers.
Here are three WTF moments from Miss Earth 2014.
Although English is the universal language, many pageant contestants opt to deliver their answer in their mother-tongue and that is what Miss Brazil did during the competition. There was just one problem: she didn’t have an official interpreter.
“When can you say that a woman is truly empowered?” was the question thrown by international supermodel Allixon Harvard during the Q & A portion.
Miss Brazil Leticia Silva confidently delivered her answer in her own language but the audience had no idea what she said. As if the moment wasn’t awkward enough, the male host even interrupted the contestant thinking she was already done saying her piece. Again, that’s because he was totally clueless of what she was talking about.
Fortunately, Miss Switzerland saved the day as she tried to interpret and translate Miss Brazil’s answer.
“I’m so sorry, I’m not the translator for Miss Brazil. She said something like a woman is empowered if she can do what she want. It comes from the inside, from the heart.”
Watch the awkward moment here:
Indeed, what happened was very unfair for Miss Brazil. Given the right interpreter, she could have gotten a better shot in the competition.
We understand if the other contestants were bitter about the results considering the winner is from the host country. However, something was certainly wrong in the picture when none of the finalists congratulated Miss Philippines. We’re hoping they gave her a peck on the cheek backstage.
Watch Miss Philippines receive the crown.
The most anticipated moment in any pageant is the crowning portion. This year’s Miss Earth -Air winner Andrea Neu of USA definitely got her moment when Carousel Production Executive Vice President Lorraine Schuck “gracefully” gave her the crown.
Check out the funny moment at the 2- minute mark.
Although Miss Earth pageant has improved a lot from the past years, organizers and Carousel Production team can definitely learn a thing or two from these WTF moments. We’re hoping not to see any of these in the coming years.