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Is Catriona Gray, Miss Philippines or Miss Australia?

Is Catriona Gray, Miss Philippines or Miss Australia?

  • Catriona Gray clarified that she is Miss Philippines and does feel like she’s a Filipina.
  • She added that she doesn’t blame Australia’s excitement after she won the beauty pageant. 

There has been a debate about whether Catriona Gray should be considered as Miss Australia or Miss Philippines.

READ: ‘An Australian won Miss Universe’, Aussie media outlets report about Catriona

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.”

READ: “Well done!” Miss World congratulates Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray

Posted by BUILD Series on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Miss Universe 2018 is currently in New York City, attending media interviews and appearing in several television shows in America.

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Miss Universe-Peru: Mistaken as “Catriona” by a man asking for a photograph

Miss Universe-Peru: Mistaken as “Catriona” by a man asking for a photograph

  • A man thought Miss Peru was Catriona Gray.
  • Instead of being offended or annoyed, she just laughed it off and continued on posing for the camera.

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.

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Tyra Banks approves Catriona Gray’s ‘lava walk’

Tyra Banks approves Catriona Gray’s ‘lava walk’

  • Tyra Banks complimented Catriona Gray’s runway walk during the Miss Universe 2018.
  • She also cheered for Gray and congratulated her after the competition.

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.

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”.

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‘An Australian won Miss Universe’, Aussie media outlets report about Catriona

‘An Australian won Miss Universe’, Aussie media outlets report about Catriona

  • Australian media outlets have reported about Catriona Gray’s Miss Universe win.
  • Gray was born and raised in Queensland, Australia.

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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Former domestic helper from an ethnic minority reaches Miss Universe Top 5

Former domestic helper from an ethnic minority reaches Miss Universe Top 5

  • Get to know more about Miss Universe Vietnam 2018.
  • She is the first-ever beauty queen from a Vietnamese ethnic minority community.

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.

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

Miss Universe Vietnam 2018 – H'Hen Niê's Homecoming

Posted by Sash Factor Vietnam on Friday, December 7, 2018

Bullying issue.

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

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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.

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.

Others even said that the beauty queen could’ve ranked higher if only the translator did her job correctly.

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This photo allegedly shows a possible premonition of the Miss Universe 2015 mix-up

This photo allegedly shows a possible premonition of the Miss Universe 2015 mix-up


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.

PHOTO CREDIT: Jack Soliman Anino
PHOTO CREDIT: Jack Soliman Anino

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Watch: WTF Moments from Miss Earth 2014

Watch: WTF Moments from Miss Earth 2014


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.

1. Miss Brazil: Lost in Translation

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.

2. Nobody congratulated the winner

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.

3. Crowning of Miss USA

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.

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