Catriona Gray, 24, of the Philippines was crowned the winner in the 67th Miss Universe Pageant.
She wiped out contestants from 93 other countries. Gray was crowned on Sunday, up against first runner-up, Tamaryn Green of South Africa, and the third-place finisher, Sthefany Gutierrez of Venezuela.
This year’s theme was women empowerment, and the competition took place in Bangkok, Thailand. Gray wore a fiery red gown, symbolizing the Mayon volcano. Mak Tumang, designer of the “lava gown”, wrote that the dress was the perfect compliment to Gray’s beauty, intelligence, and burning passion for her country.
This marks the fourth year that the Philippines has won the Miss Universe pageant. Prior to this year’s win, women from the Philippines have won the title in 1969, 1973, and 2015. Gray said, she always knew she would win, since she was a little girl.
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