Philippines' Catriona Elisa Gray wins Miss Universe 2018

Updated: Dec 17, 2018, 02:12 PM(IST)

Catriona Gray from the Philippines was crowned Miss Universe on Monday, the fourth time the Southeast Asian country has won the international beauty pageant.

"My heart is filled with so much gratitude. There were moments of doubt where I felt overwhelmed and I felt the pressure," said Gray, who wore a red and orange dress that was inspired by Mount Mayon, a volcano that erupted this year.

Gray is the fourth Filipina to win Miss Universe and the second in three years. The pageant was shown live on the country's biggest television network and dominated social media.

The Philippines previously won Miss Universe titles in 2015, 1973 and 1969.

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray reacts after being crowned Miss Universe during the final round of the Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok, Thailand, December 17, 2018. (Source: Reuters)

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The winning moment

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray reacts as she is named the winner while holding hands with Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green during the final round of the Miss Universe pageant. (Source: Reuters)

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The top five contestants

The top five contestants are pictured during the final round. (Source: Reuters)

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Miss Venezuela Sthefany Gutiérrez

Miss Venezuela Sthefany Gutiérrez reacts to being selected as one of the top five contestants. (Source: Reuters)

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Miss Universe pageant

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray competes during the final round. (Source: Reuters)

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Miss Philippines Catriona Gray

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray competes during the final round of the Miss Universe pageant. (Source: Reuters)

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Miss India Nehal Chudasama

Miss India Nehal Chudasama in her swimsuit during the Miss Universe 2018 preliminary round. (Source: Reuters)

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