Catriona walked, almost floated, on the stage, across a spectrum of lights. Each step left ephemeral pleasures of fire; each turn encapsulated the crowd in awe, each pose allowed imaginations to roam unbridled. She stood like a star, burning delicately, pulsating with dreams. She was all divine and danger. She was the Universe.
The Miss Universe is an opportunity. For women all over the globe, it is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be heard. Perhaps, it is the only platform in the world that could make people listen when women empower, inspire, and speak.
And Catriona Gray took this chance and made it her own.
Filipino-Australian beauty pageant veteran Catriona, seized the skies when she first walked into the competition. With a thin-lipped smile and walk that mimics the undulating waves of the seas, Catriona sashayed her way towards the prestigious title.
But more than beauty, Catriona breathes with unblemished passion for children.
“I’ve always taught myself to look for the beauty in it, to look for the beauty in the faces of the children, and to be grateful. 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. If I could teach also people to be grateful, we could have an amazing world where negativity could not grow and foster, and children would have a smile on their face.”
This answer speaks deeply from Catriona’s heart. Before her title, she was a volunteer at “Young Focus Philippines”, a non-government organization that advocates for free and accessible education for children.
Catriona’s vision is currently focused on the children of Smokey Mountain, who scavenges their way through living. On her Youtube Channel, Catriona asked for public donations to fund the renovation of a three-story building in the area, to turn it into a child care center.
These things only prove that when Catriona stood for all one hundred and four million Filipinos, she gave the world not only a sense of beauty but an oasis of hope.
Catriona also served well in other facets. She released the music video of “We’re in this together”, showcasing her spell-binding voice. She also has a black belt in Taekwondo, showing that her strength also relished in body and spirit.
Catriona is remarkably a woman with sophisticated savagery and energy invested in youth. She is a living proof to the world that the Filipina woman is a warrior, a dreamer, and a queen.