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Miss Philippines Catriona Grey Wins Miss Universe 2018

Catriona Gray, Miss Philippines 2018 is crowned Miss Universe 2018

Catriona Gray, Miss Philippines 2018 is crowned Miss Universe at the conclusion of the three-hour special programming event on FOX at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at the IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. The new winner will move to New York City where she will live during her reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Miss Philippines Catriona Grey was crowned Miss Universe 2018 yesterday in Bangkok, Thailand where the pageant was held. Catriona, 24, who is Filipina-Australian, just became the fourth Filipina to win the Miss Universe title. She is also an accomplished television host, singer, model, and stage actress.

The show was hosted for the fourth year in a row by comedian Steve Harvey with the help of co-host plus size model Ashley Graham, who was doing backstage reporting. R&B singer Ne-Yo performed.

Ne-Yo performs at the Miss Universe pageant 2018 in Bankcock, Thailand

US artist Ne-Yo, center, performs with Thai traditional dancers during the final. Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP

This year the pageant made history by having an all-female panel of judges including fashion designer Monique Lhuillier, architect-businesswoman Richelle Singson-Michael, Miss Universe 1992 Michelle McLean, Miss Universe 1988 Bui Simon, scientist and former beauty queen Iman Oubou, award-winning entrepreneur Lili Gil Valletta, and beauty queen-turned-activist Janaye Ingram.

The pageant also made history by allowing the first transgender contestant Miss Spain to participate, the first time that this ever happened in Miss Universe’s 66-year history.

Catriona Gray, Miss Philippines 2018 is crowned Miss Universe 2018

Catriona Gray, Miss Philippines 2018 is crowned Miss Universe at the conclusion of the three-hour special programming event on FOX at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at the IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. The new winner will move to New York City where she will live during her reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

By Farrah Estrella

Farrah Estrella is an award winning Latina, plus size, fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. A native of the Dominican Republic, she was a previous writer for Examiner.com and has been the editor of the Estrella Fashion Report since 2012. Follow her on twitter at @FarrahEstrella and @EstrellaFReport

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