What a night! Dec. 17 marked the
67th Miss Universe pageant. This year, Miss Philippines, Catriona Gray, took home the coveted crown. The 24-year-old singer and model came out victorious over first runner-up Miss South Africa, Tamaryn Green, and third place Miss Venezuela, Sthefany Gutiérrez. Keep scrolling to learn eight things about the newest Miss Universe.
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Her Mom Predicted She Would Win.
“When I was 13 my mom said she had a dream that I would win Miss Universe in a red dress,”
Catriona said about her choice to wear the sparkly red number that she was crowned in.
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She Grew Up In Australia.
Catriona is half-Scottish and half-Filipino. Her
father is from Australia which is why the beauty queen spent most of her childhood in Cairns, Australia. She moved to the Philippines when she was 18.
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She Is A Singer.
Catriona has a lot of musical talent. She attended
Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA and received a degree in music theory. She told Steve Harvey during the show, “Once I started music, it just was fulfilling in a way that everything else wasn’t. My mom told me even in the womb I was dancing.”
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She’s Passionate About Travel.
The 24-year-old model runs a blog called
Cat’elle where she documents her travels around the United States, Philippines, China, and Vietnam.
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This Is A Big Win For The Philippines.
This is the
fourth time in the history of the pageant that someone from the Southeast Asian country has taken home the world-renowned title.
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She’s A Former Martial Artist.
You go, Catriona! According to the show’s announcers, she earned her black belt at just 12 years old.