Miss Philippines, Catriona Gray, was crowned 2018 Miss Universe. Gray has a following of over 1.2 million on Instagram and was expected to do well going into the competition. She is famous for walking in slow motion, which has been nicknamed the “lava walk.” During the fashion elements of the show, Gray dazzled in the evening gown competition and sizzled during the swimsuit competition. But it takes more than looking to take home the crown.
Gray answered some tough questions, including her thoughts on legalized marijuana. She said, “I’m for it being used in a medical use but not so for recreational use because I think if people argue about what about alcohol and cigarettes, then everything is good in moderation.” Gray also talked about the work she does in low-income areas of the Philippines. She said tries to “find the beauty” in desolate situations. When asked how she would act as Miss Universe, Gray said, “I think if I could teach also people to be grateful we could have a great world where negative would not foster and children would have a smile on their face.” According to CNN Philippines, Gray is the fourth Miss Philippines to be crowned Miss Universe.