Catriona Gray (Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray), born 6 January 1994, is a Filipino-Australian model, stage actress, singer, visual artist, and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe 2018. She is the fourth Filipina to win the pageant. Previously, Gray was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2018 and Miss World Philippines 2016.
With an insatiable thirst to immerse herself in all branches of the creative, Catriona is a woman of many interests. Growing up in the beautiful, picturesque town of Cairns in Australia, Catriona developed a deep appreciation for nature, an active lifestyle and a easy laid back attitude of “no worries”.
Since moving to Asia in her late teens, Catriona has become one of the most sought after commercial models, appearing in regional and global campaigns along with gracing various magazine covers. She is also a budding songwriter and singer, an owner of her own business and an artist. Whatever role she finds herself in, Catriona is constantly evolving creatively.
Over time, Catriona became fascinated with cultures, travel and the arts, which has since lead her to create Cat’elle. Derived from her first two names (Catriona and Elisa) Cat’elle is Catriona’s personal window to the outside world to express her ceaseless wanderlust, her style and lifestyle with the hope to inspire and help others lead a happy, healthy and well-travelled life.
Catriona Gray Full Biography and Profile
The Miss Universe 2018 coronation night on December 17 in Bangkok, Thailand saw fan favorite, the Philippines’ own Catriona Gray bringing home the coveted crown.
Catriona says her training taught her discipline – and still comes in handy sometimes when she models.
- Catriona’s winning look is a celebration of her Filipino and Bicolano roots
Her winning gown, by designer Mak Tumang, was inspired by the Mayon Volcano in her hometown, Albay, (and also references her famous “lava” walk). Her now-iconic earcuff by Tessera Jewelry (she wore a similar design when she won the Bb Pilipinas crown in March) is a tribute to the 3 stars and sun in the Philippine flag. According to Catriona in the post-pageant press conference, the color of her gown is extra-significant, because her mother previously dreamed that she joined and won the competition wearing a red dress.
- She also paints!
Another talent/skill in her arsenal: Catriona is also a skilled painter, and has created artwork to raise funds for her charity, the Paraiso Bright Beginnings Project.
- Catriona Gray Biography and Profile (CAT’ELLE / Rappler)