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Vying for the #MissUniverse crown even after already competing for Miss World is no regular feat for a beauty queen, but #CatrionaGray has never been the type to settle. The #Filipina-Australian model knew she had more to offer, and having an international ambassador’s platform would help serve her advocacies on a larger scale. Needless to say, the decision to push her boundaries came as a no-brainer.
We assume you're already well aware about the rest of her journey: her modeling and music career that came before pageantry, her spot in Miss World 2016’s top five, and her eventual triumph at bagging the #MissUniverse2018 title. A success story backed with so much hard work and perhaps a sprinkle of fate simply doesn’t come undocumented. That’s why, for her first Preview feature as @MissUniverse and a year after her May 2018 cover, we had Catriona walk us through her rigorous training. And being the winner of the most prestigious beauty pageant in the world, it's only fitting that we focus on beauty—her secrets, tips, and personal mantras that helped her wow the universe.
You chose to train independently and formed your own team for training, which is rare for a #BbPilipinas winner. What made you decide to do so? Was it hard for you? “It wasn't hard. I think the biggest part is just feeling that you can, because you wouldn't believe how many people told me that I would lose because I didn't have the guidance of a camp. So it's more that which stops girls from [training independently], I feel. I mean, I understand if you're a girl from the province and you know no one in Manila, a camp is an amazing resource for you to connect to designers, to someone who will guide you. Since I already knew people that I wanted to work with [from my time working] as a model, it was just easy. And for me, it made sense because in a camp, you can have up to 15 girls during Binibini season. Whereas with my own team, their focus was only on me, and that made the creative process so much easier—training was much more focused and more customized.”
#Photographer BJ Pascual
#ArtDirected by Mark Buenaobra
#Styled by Marj Ramos
#Makeup by Jelly Eugenio for NARS
#HairStyle by Brent Sales