Thai Miss Catriona Gray Wins Miss Universe Pageant

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray was crowned the 2018 Miss Universe pageant that was held in Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday.

The Pageant

The event that took place in Bangkok was hosted by Steve Harvey and Ashley Graham that led the show gracefully.

The good thing was the event glided smoothly in comparison to Harvey’s famous flub from 2015 when he accidentally announced the wrong winner.

Ne-Yo performed on the show and the women from around the world competed for the most prestigious title.

What was so special about the event is that the there was an all-female selection committee for this year’s pageant for the first time.

The judges were fashion designer Mo’nique Lhuillier, Miss Universe 1988 Bui Simon, Miss Universe 1992 Michelle McLean, Women’s March co-founder Janaye Ingram, SWAAY Media founder ImanOubou, CEO of CulturIntel Lili Gil Valetta and architect RichelleSingson-Michael.

Catriona Grey, Miss Philippines took home the crown at the end of the evening. Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green was the first runner-up and Miss Venezuela Sthefany Gutiérrez was the second runner-up.

First Transgender Woman in the Pageant

The talk of the show was definitely Miss Spain Angela Ponce because she was the first transgender woman to ever compete in the Miss Universe. She didn’t take the crown home but she sees her participation as a victory in and of itself.

If my going through all this contributes to the world moving a little step forward, then that’s a personal crown that will always accompany me”, Ponce told to Associated Press.

She will continue to use her place in the world to try to reduce the suicide rate among trans teenagers who seem not to see their place in the world.

Ponce revealed that she competed in Miss World in 2015, but she “found out on the day of the competition that their rules didn’t allow a transgender woman to win.” The news “crushed” her. “I had to go on and perform, and it felt horrible. But after I got to the Miss Universe final, Miss World changed their rules too. I changed the rules.”

She will continue to use her fame and urge US government to dis measures to bar transgender people from serving the U.S. military explaining it will be another win for human rights.


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