The Philippines bring back the crown again after the Pinay Pride Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray crowned as the newest miss universe. Since the Miss Universe started, Catriona wows the crowd because of the outfit she wore and her performance. Wondering who made Catriona’s evening gown? Did you know that her gown was inspired by one of the Philippines well-known tourist spot?  

Here the things you didn’t know about Catriona Gray.


Studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and received a Master Certificate in Music Theory. A lead singer in her school’s jazz band and even starred at Miss Saigon’s local production. she sang “Take a Bow” in Rachel French Rising Star Awards where she was awarded as People’s Choice. She also performed live as part of her jewelry brand trade shirts. She covers many songs on her Youtube Channel and Soundcloud account. She released her first album entitled “We’re in This Together” last November 2018.


Catriona loves sketching and painting, she raised funds for her charity, Paraiso Bright Beginnings Project. She loves traveling, music and, photography. she is also a black belter in martial arts; she got her title in Choi Kwang Do.


Her preliminary gown was inspired by the mythological creature Ibong Adarna known as the phoenix while her winning gown was inspired by the Mayon Volcano, designed by Mak Tumang. The winning gown was significant for her because when she was 13 her mother was dreaming that she joined and won the competition wearing a red dress.


Catriona was born to be a queen. Even when she was a kid, she was crowned as a Little Miss Philippines in 1999 in a segment of Eat Bulaga in Sydney, Australia. She then competes in Binibining Pilipinas 2016 and won for the Miss World Philippines 2016. Unfortunately, she didn’t win the crown for the Miss World 2016 but just been at the top 5. That never stop her, she again competes in Binibining Pilipinas 2018 and won for the Miss Universe Philippines 2018. she is the first Filipina who represents the Philippines in two major pageants the miss world and miss universe. She is the fourth Filipina that titled as Miss Universe.


She went viral after the preliminary round because of her ‘slow-mo’ twirl during the swimsuit competition. Her ‘lava walk’ was also inspired by Mayon Volcano just like her gown.


She was a huge fan of Ne Yo since she was 13. She even prays to be in the top 3 just to walk with Ne Yo. She was dancing offcam when Ne Yo was singing.


Catriona already published a magazine editorial when she was just 13 years old. She is also a blogger of Cat’Elle where she writes about her journey when she was traveling and we can see her artworks.


She never dreamed to be a model. But she was doing modeling during school holidays just not to distract her studies. When she was 15, she decided to give it a shot for the fashion industry. Before entering the pageants, Catriona Gray was a famous model in the Philippines. She signed in some prestigious fashion company in the country and even have television commercials.


She designed and created the gown she wore when she entered and won Miss Fashion Australia in 2010. In her blog we can see some of her artwork where she wore her own designed creation. 


Catriona is the third Bicolana contestant of the Miss Universe. First was Miriam Quiambao Miss Universe 1999 first runner-up and next was Venus Raj Miss Universe 2010 forth runner-up


Way to go Philippines, Catriona proves that Pinay beauty can compete and go along with other nations in the universe. Catriona has the beauty and brains that she deserves the crown.