- Catriona Gray is one of the strongest contenders among other 40 aspiring beauty queens on this year’s Binibining Pilipinas
The Comeback of Catriona Gray
The Official 40 Candidates of Binibining Pilipinas 2018 were announced on early Tuesday morning, January 16.
One of the 40 aspiring beauty queens who made the cut is former Miss World 2016 titleholder, Catriona Grey. She is also one of the Top 5 Finalist in Miss World 2016, finishing as the Third Runner-up to Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico.
She also bagged the awards of Best in Swimsuit, Best in Evening Gown, Best in Fashion Runway and Best in Talent in her national competition.
Applicants join this prestigious pageants as they can get a chance to take home the title and represent the country in other international beauty pageants like Miss Universe Philippines, Binibining Pilipinas Grand International, Binibining Pilipinas International, Binibining Pilipinas Supranational, Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental, and Binibining Pilipinas Globe.
Road to Binibining Pilipinas 2018
Gray’s face is a no-stranger in the world of pageantry. Aside from joining pageants, she is also a host, singer, and model. The Fil-Am model is child to Australian father Ian Gray and Filipino mother Normita Ragas Magnayon.
As a child, Gray would always participate in extra-curricular such as Art, Drama, Math and Science Extension classes along with Karate, Dance and Singing lessons which led her to having her love of arts from a young age.
Despite her busy schedule, Gray finds time to travel and do some charity works.
During the Miss World 2016 Question and Answer Portion, it can be remembered that Gray gave an impressive answer fitting for a beauty queen.
Her question goes “Which qualities do you think will take to wear my crown?” and she said
“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 trying 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.”
After losing the crown, she posted on Instagram:
“The crown represented a journey, one that grew from being an independent endeavor to one that became more than me. A journey that rallied the support of my countrymen. A journey that forced me to look into myself and discover what I was made of. A journey that found its heart in the children in one of the poorest slums in my country. Yes, the crown represented a journey… until I realized that the journey could continue and exist without it. I truly believe that God always knows what’s best and I trust in his plan and perfect timing.”
In an article with ABS-CBN, Gray has since become a fan favorite to win Bb. Pilipinas 2018, with some even going as far as saying that she may be the country’s fourth Miss Universe winner.
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