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.
The 24-year-old Catriona bested 93 other candidates from all over the world, standing out for her signature “lava” walk, and answering a question about marijuana legalization.
Catriona succeeds 2017 titleholder Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa, and is the fourth Filipina to wear the crown. Even before her pageant run, she has been advocating for HIV/AIDS awareness, and education, particularly for impoverished youth.
Born in Cairns, Australia to an Australian father and Filipina mother, Catriona moved to the Philippines in her late teens. She worked primarily as a model, appearing in various commercials and magazines, before entering the pageant world.
Here are some facts about the new Miss Universe:
- She is a pageant veteran
Before becoming Miss Universe 2018, Catriona also reigned as Miss World Philippines 2016, and competed in the Miss World pageant, finishing in the Top 5. But it would appear that she has been doing pageants way before then – in 1999, she competed in the Little Miss Philippines pageant in Sydney.
- She is a trained musician
Aside from being a commercial model, Catriona is also a singer and songwriter, and even holds a master’s certificate in music theory from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. She released her first single, “We’re in this together” in late November, in partnership with the organization she supports, Young Focus Philippines.
- She kicks ass not just as a beauty queen but as a martial artist
Catriona’s fierceness may stem from her martial arts training in her youth. She started training in Choi Kwang Do when she was 8 years old, and earned her black belt when she was 12.
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)