Philippines' Catriona Elisa Gray crowned Miss Universe 2018

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 17, 2018, 09.44 AM(IST)

Gray, who pipped 93 other contestants to win the title, has a love for the arts and holds a Master degree in Music Theory. Photograph:( AFP )

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 Catriona Elisa Gray from Philippines was crowned at a gala ceremony in Bangkok on Sunday.

Miss Philippines has been crowned as Miss Universe 2018.  Catriona Elisa Gray from Philippines was crowned at a gala ceremony in Bangkok on Sunday. Miss South Africa and Miss Venezuela secured the first runner-up and second runner-up spots. India`s Nehal Chudasama failed to make it to the Top 20.

Gray was ecstatic as she took her first walk as Miss Universe in a dazzling red gown with a thigh-high slit. She was crowned by Miss Universe 2017 Demi Leigh Nel-Peters, who comes from South Africa.

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In the final question round, Gray was asked about the most important lesson she has learnt in life and how would she apply it in her time as Miss Universe.

She said: "I work a lot in the slums of Manila and life there is very poor and sad. I have always taught myself to look for the beauty in it, to look for the beauty in the faces of the children, and I would bring this aspect as a Miss Universe to see situations with a silver lining and to asses where I could give something and provide something.

"And if I could also teach people to be grateful, we could have an amazing world where negativity would not brew and foster, and children would have a smile on their face." negativity."

The winner, who pipped 93 other contestants to win the title, has a love for the arts and holds a Master degree in Music Theory. Also read: Angela Ponce becomes first transgender woman to compete in Miss Universe

South Africa`s Tamaryn Green was named the first runner-up. A medical student, her favourite quote is from Mahatma Gandhi: "Be the change you want to see in the world."

The second runner-up, Miss Venezeula Sthefany Guterrez is studying to be a lawyer in her home country.