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Catriona Gray
Catriona Gray with iconic tristar and sun earpiece, in Mak Tumang Swarovski gem-embellished "Mayon" evening number.jpg
Catriona Gray, Miss Universe 2018
Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray

(1994-01-06) 6 January 1994 (age 27)
EducationBerklee College of Music (Master's Certificate in Music Theory)
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
TitleMiss World Philippines 2016
Miss Universe Philippines 2018
Miss Universe 2018
Partner(s)Sam Milby
Beauty pageant titleholder
AgencyCornerstone Entertainment[2]
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBrown
Miss World Philippines 2016
Miss World 2016
(Top 5)
Binibining Pilipinas 2018
(Winner – Miss Universe Philippines 2018)
Miss Universe 2018
Catriona Gray Signature.png

Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray (born 6 January 1994) is a Filipino-Australian model, singer, and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe 2018. She is the fourth Filipina to win the Miss Universe competition. Previously, Gray was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2018[3] and Miss World Philippines 2016.[4]

Early life and education

Gray was born in Cairns, Queensland,[5] to an Australian father of Scottish descent, Ian Gray, and a Filipina mother, Normita Ragas Magnayon, from Oas, Albay.[6] Gray is reportedly named after her paternal grandmother, Catherine Gray (née Ross), an immigrant to Western Australia from Scotland in 1952[7] and Elsa Magnayon (née Ragas), her maternal grandmother from Oas, Albay, Philippines.

Gray was a student at Trinity Anglican School in Cairns where she was a house captain and a school chorister.[8][9] She received a graduate certificate in music theory from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.[10] In addition, she obtained a certificate in outdoor recreation and a black belt in Choi Kwang-Do martial arts.[11] Furthermore, Gray was lead singer of her school's jazz band; she also starred in local productions of Miss Saigon. After graduating from high school, she moved to Manila where she worked as a commercial model.[12]


Little Miss Philippines

Her foray into the world of pageantry began in 1999 when she won Little Miss Philippines in Sydney at the age of five.[13]

Gray at the NFL Honours in Atlanta, GA, February 2019.

Miss World

Miss World Philippines 2016

On 2 October 2016, Gray was crowned Miss World Philippines 2016 where she won the following special awards:[14]

  • Best in Swimsuit
  • Best in Evening Gown
  • Best in Fashion Runway
  • Best in Talent[15]

In addition, Gray won the following corporate endorsement awards:

  • Miss FIG Image Gateway
  • Miss Folded and Hung
  • Miss Hannah Beach Resort
  • Miss Figlia
  • Miss Manila Hotel
  • Miss Organique

During the Top 12 question and answer round she was asked, "When you get up in the morning and look in the mirror, what do you see?", she answered:[16]

"I see someone who is constantly trying to be better. I've always endured to always be better than the day before, to do things that challenge me, to do things outside the box. And something that is very fulfilling that I have found is when I look in the mirror, I want to see someone who gives back to the community, and that's someone who I achieve to be every single day."

During the final question and answer round all the five finalist were asked the same question, "Why should you be Miss World Philippines 2016?," Gray answered:[16]

"To be a Miss World is to be passed a torch that burns with passion and purpose. If I am to become Miss World Philippines, I will dedicate my voice and essence to carry that torch and to set charitable causes alight, such as my personal advocacy, the Paraiso Bright Beginnings Project. And I would focus on passing on this torch to empower others because I believe together there is no darkness in this world that our light cannot overcome."

Miss World 2016

After winning the national competition, Gray competed at Miss World 2016 held in MGM National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Maryland, United States where she was placed in the Top 5.[17] Gray won the following awards:

  • Multimedia Award[18]
  • Talent Award (2nd place)[18]
  • Top 5 (Beauty with a Purpose project)[18]

During the question and answer portion, she was asked by the reigning Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna, "Which qualities do you think it will take to wear my crown?", she answered:[19]

"I think, first of all, it takes bravery. To be a Miss World is to carry a burning torch. It is like action carried out by one to illuminate the lives of many. And I would dedicate my whole self, my love for the arts and my voice to try to uplift, empower and educate people. And it would be my greatest honor and duty to hold this torch high enough so that all the world could feel and see its light. Thank you."

Miss Universe

Binibining Pilipinas 2018

On 8 January 2018, Gray submitted her application to Binibining Pilipinas to officially join the 2018 national pageant.[20] Eight days later, Binibing Pilipinas national director Stella Araneta confirmed that Gray will be officially competing at the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 pageant.[21]

During the national costume competition, Gray wore a Muslim princess attire from Mindanao and bagged the national costume award. On 18 March 2018, she was crowned as Miss Universe Philippines 2018 by the outgoing titleholder Rachel Peters.[22][23]

Gray obtained the following corporate and contest awards:

  • Best in National Costume[24]
  • Best in Evening Gown[24]
  • Best in Swimsuit[24]
  • Miss Jag Denim Queen Award (Endorsement)[24]
  • Miss Ever Bilena Cosmetics Award (Endorsement)[24]

She also obtained the following popularity contest prizes:

In Philippine beauty pageant history, Gray is the first Filipina to represent the country in both the Miss World and Miss Universe competitions, and the second to represent the Philippines in two major international pageants, the first being Carlene Aguilar in 2005.[26][27]

At her national competition, United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Yong Kim asked the following: "After the devastating warMarawi is now on its way to recovery, what will be your message to the young women of Marawi?":[22]

"My answer and my message to the women is to be strong. As women, we're the head of the household and we have amazing influence, not only in our own families, as mothers, sisters and friends, but also in our community. If we could get the women to stay strong and be that image of strength for the children and the people around them, then once the rebuilding is complete and is underway, the morale of the community will stay strong and high."

Miss Universe 2018

Gray returning to the Philippines after being crowned Miss Universe 2018.

Gray represented the Philippines in the 2018 Miss Universe contest on 17 December 2018 held at IMPACT Arena, Muang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi Province, Thailand.[28] During the national costume show presentation, Gray showcased a beaded tribal suit featuring the indigenous tribes of the ancient pagan Filipinos, alongside an oversized Parol painted Christmas lantern pulled by a roller device. The costume was accompanied by a pre-Christian Shamanic dance of the historical Babaylan paganism. The costume gained both support and criticism, due to the perceived difficulty of walking and the failure of LEDs to function, whilst Gray cited her scoliosis ailment.[22][29][30]

In the pageant's preliminary stages, Catriona Gray did a slow-motion walk, (nicknamed lava walk[31]) on the ramp in the swimwear competition wearing a pink swimsuit, which was praised by supermodels Tyra Banks and Ashley Graham,[32] fashion commentators and Internet viewers.[33][34]

During the first question and answer round, Gray was asked by host Steve Harvey, "Canada recently joined Uruguay as the second nation in the world to make marijuana legal. What is your opinion on the legalization of marijuana?"[28] She responded:[35]

"I’m for it being used for medical use, but not so for recreational use. Because I think if people were to argue: Then what about alcohol and cigarettes? Well, everything is good but in moderation."

Gray during the Frontrow Cares Christmas Charity for Kids Press conference, December 2018.

In the final question and answer portion, the top three contestants were asked the same question by Harvey: "What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your life and how will you apply it to your time as Miss Universe?" She answered:[35]

I work a lot in the slums of Tondo, Manila and the life there is very... it's poor and it's very sad. And I’ve always taught myself to look for the beauty in it; to look in the beauty in the faces of the children, and to be grateful. And I would bring this aspect as a Miss Universe to see situations with a silver lining, and to assess where I could give something, where I could provide something as a spokesperson. And this I think if I could also teach people to be grateful, we could have an amazing world where negativity could not grow and foster, and children will have a smile on their faces.

At the end of the event, Gray won the competition and was crowned by her predecessor, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa. She is the fourth Filipina Miss Universe after Gloria Diaz in 1969, Margie Moran in 1973, and Pia Wurtzbach in 2015.[28][36]

On 17 October 2019, Gray attended the 2019 Latin Music Awards[37] at the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highlands in Los Angeles, California[38] where she presented the 2019 "Canción Favorita – Tropical" award for the song "Adicto" to Marc Anthony and Prince Royce.[39][40]

In her capacity as Miss Universe, Gray visited Brazil,[41] Canada,[42] Dubai in the United Arab Emirates,[43] Indonesia,[44] South Africa,[45] Thailand,[46] various cities and states across the United States, and her home country of the Philippines.[47]

On 8 December 2019, Gray crowned Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa as her successor at the 2019 Miss Universe competition at Tyler Perry Studios, in Atlanta, Georgia, the United States.[48]

Advocacy and issues


Gray's advocacies over the years have focused on women's[49] rights as well as cultural promotion, particularly through the "One Town, One Product" (OTOP) project of the Philippines' Department of Trade and Industry.[50]

Parlade red-tagging incident

Gray became the subject of an alleged Red-tagging incident[51] in October 2020 when AFP Southern Luzon Command commander Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr.[52][51] said that Gray and actress Liza Soberano should not support Gabriela and other rights groups, as fellow celebrity Angel Locsin has done, or they would be drawn into the activities of the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist New People's Army,[52] and risk being killed in a clash with the army just like activists who had allegedly joined that group.[52]

In response, Gray's lawyer Atty. Joji Alonso issued a statement saying Parlade's statements were "uncalled for,"[53] further saying:[53][54]

Catriona will not waver in continuously championing social causes that uplift women’s lives. While there may be people who will try, she remains steadfast in her stance that no one should be silenced in sharing their personal stories that give strength and support to fellow women who have gone through similar experiences.

Personal life

On 23 May 2020, it was revealed that Gray is in a relationship with the Filipino-American actor Sam Milby.[55]



Title Year Album
"We're in this Together" 2018 Non-album single

Awards and nominations

Year Award-Giving Body / Organization Awards Nominated Work Result Ref.
2019 49th Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Box Office Entertainment Awards Global Achievement by a Filipino with Manny Pacquiao
Won [56]

See also


  1. ^ Lugay, Elton (10 January 2019). "EXCLUSIVE: Up close with Catriona Gray". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  2. ^ "WATCH: Catriona Gray back in PH after Miss Universe reign". ABS-CBN News.
  3. ^ News, Joel Guinto, ABS-CBN. "Catriona Gray crowned Miss Universe". ABS-CBN News.
  4. ^ "FULL LIST: Winners, Miss World Philippines 2016". Rappler. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Cairns beauty Catriona Gray crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2018". 19 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Catriona living mom's dream".
  7. ^ "Miss Universe 2018 winner: Miss Philippines Catriona Gray bags the title – Times of India ►". The Times of India.
  8. ^ "Trinity Anglican School, Cairns".
  9. ^ "Qld beauty crowned Miss Universe Philippines". Central Telegraph.
  10. ^ Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk. "Miss Universe 2018: Who is Miss Philippines Catriona Gray, this year's winner?". journal-news. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Thank God for Catriona Gray-Singer, Martial Artist, Advocate, And Now, Miss Universe Philippines".
  12. ^ "5 Things to Know About Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray". E! Online. 16 December 2018.
  13. ^ "LOOK: Catriona Gray was once Little Miss Philippines". CNN Philippines. 10 April 2018.
  14. ^ "What are the Chances of Catriona Gray". The Trending Facts. 10 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Catriona Gray crowned Miss World Philippines 2016". Rappler. 2 October 2016.
  16. ^ a b "Miss World Philippines Catriona Gray: 'This is an amazing moment I will never forget'". GMA News. 3 October 2016.
  17. ^ "PH bet finishes in Top 5 of Miss World 2016". ABS-CBN News. 19 December 2016.
  18. ^ a b c "Philippine bet Catriona Gray secures spot in top 20 of Miss World 2016". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
  19. ^ "READ: Miss World 2016 Top 5 Q&A". ABS-CBN News. 19 December 2016.
  20. ^ "After Miss World, Catriona Gray eyes Bb. Pilipinas crown". ABS-CBN News. 8 January 2018.
  21. ^ "FULL LIST: Official Top 40 candidates of Bb. Pilipinas 2018". ABS-CBN News. 15 January 2018.
  22. ^ a b c "Catriona Gray to represent PH in Miss Universe 2018". ABS-CBN News.
  23. ^ "Catriona Gray is Binibining Pilipinas 2018 Miss Universe Winner". 18 March 2018.
  24. ^ a b c d e "Catriona Gray bags 5 special awards". ABS-CBN News. ABS-CBN. 18 March 2018. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  25. ^ a b "Shades of Gray: Catriona sweeps Binibining Pilipinas awards". Philstar. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  26. ^ "From Miss World Philippines 2016 to Miss Universe Philippines 2018: The journey of Catriona Gray". Rappler. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  27. ^ "Who is the first beauty queen to win two titles?". Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  28. ^ a b c Adel, Rosette (17 December 2018). "From world to universe: Catriona Gray is now fourth Filipina Miss Universe". Philstar Global. STAR Group of Publications. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  29. ^ "Catriona Gray is the new Miss Universe Philippines!". GMA News.
  30. ^ Anthony, The Story of. "What are the chances of Catriona Gray for Miss Universe 2018?".
  31. ^ "Miss Universe's 'Lava Walk' Makes Kendall Jenner's Runway Stomp Look Even Worse". Revelist. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  32. ^ "Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray Wowed Even Supermodels With Her Walk". Vogue. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  33. ^ MARQUEZ, CONSUELO (14 December 2018). "Netizens hail Miss Philippines Catriona Gray's 'slow-mo' walk in swimwear competition". Asia News Network. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  34. ^ Archana, KC (14 December 2018). "No One Can Get Over Miss Philippines Catriona Gray's Slow-Mo Turn At Miss Universe 2018 Prelims". Indiatimes Lifestyle Network. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  35. ^ a b Cabico, Gaea Katreena (17 December 2018). "FULL TEXT: Miss Universe 2018 Q&A with top 5, final 3". The Philippine Star.
  36. ^ "Pageant-mad Philippines joy at Universe win". 17 December 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2019 – via
  37. ^ "Chiquis, Jhay Cortez, De La Ghetto & More to Present at 2019 Latin AMAs". Billboard. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  38. ^ "Catriona Gray reikt award uit op Latin Music Awards". Missitems (in Dutch). 4 October 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  39. ^ "La lista completa de ganadores de los Latin AMAs". Show News.
  40. ^ "Lo mejor de los Latin American Music Awards 2019". AS USA. 18 October 2019.
  41. ^ "Catriona Gray, Miss Universo 2018, chega ao Brasil para participar de ação filantrópica – Notícias – Miss Brasil –". Miss Brasil.
  42. ^ "Miss Universe Catriona Gray raises funds for abused Filipino kids". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  43. ^ "Miss Universe in Dubai: Catriona Gray meets her UAE fans". The National. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  44. ^ "WATCH: Catriona Gray meets Indonesian president Joko Widodo". Rappler. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  45. ^ "IN PHOTOS: Catriona Gray tours South Africa". Rappler. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  46. ^ "LOOK: Catriona Gray returns to Thailand". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  47. ^ "IN PHOTOS: Catriona Gray gives back during latest visit to the Philippines". Rappler. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  48. ^ "Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi Crowned Miss Universe 2019". People. 8 December 2019.
  49. ^ MaGarcia, Ma. Angelica (23 October 2020). "Catriona Gray to continue fighting for women's rights despite warning —lawyer". Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  50. ^ Green, Jhen (7 October 2020). "Catriona Gray Promoting 'OTOP' Advocacy Amid COVID-19 Pandemic". Philippine News. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  51. ^ a b "Lawmakers to AFP official: Stop 'red-tagging' celebrities, others who speak up on women's issues". cnn. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  52. ^ a b c "Parlade warns Liza Soberano on supporting Gabriela: 'You will suffer the same fate' of those killed". Rappler. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  53. ^ a b "Catriona Gray reacts to red-tagging, will continue to fight for women's rights". Manila Bulletin. 23 October 2020. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  54. ^ Juan, Ratziel San. "Catriona Gray 'will not waver' after name dragged by AFP official". Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  55. ^ "'Worth every second of the wait': Sam Milby reveals relationship with Catriona Gray". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  56. ^ "Kathniel, Fantastica stars lead 50th Guillermo Mendoza Box Office Awards winners". Philippine Entertainment Portal.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters
Miss Universe
Succeeded by
South Africa Zozibini Tunzi
Preceded by
Rachel Peters
Miss Universe Philippines
Succeeded by
Gazini Ganados
Preceded by
Jamaica Sanneta Myrie
Lebanon Valerie Abou Chacra
Miss World (Top 5) with Kenya Evelyn Njambi
Succeeded by
France Aurore Kichenin
Kenya Magline Jeruto
Preceded by
Hillarie Parungao
Miss World Philippines
Succeeded by
Laura Lehmann