Catriona Gray, Miss Universe 2018, in pictures

The Philippines’ Catriona Gray was named Miss Universe 2018 in a competition concluding Monday in Bangkok, besting contestants from 93 other countries and delighting her home country.

Gray edged out first runner-up Tamaryn Green of South Africa and third-place Sthefany Gutierrez of Venezuela. She succeeds Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa.

Asked what she thought about legalizing marijuana, Gray said: β€œI’m for it being used for medical use, but not so for recreational use. Because I think if people will argue, then what about alcohol and cigarettes? Everything is good but in moderation.”

As she started her campaign in the Miss Universe pageant Bangkok, Thailand, Catriona already wowed everyone with her unique, astounding, and awe-inspiring styleβ€”from the National Costume contest to the recent preliminaries. She has since been the most favored and talked about candidate and is a hands-down favorite to win the crown.

WATCH: Catriona Gray features Iloilo in β€˜Rise’ video

RISE ✨ Preliminary competition tonight! Keep me in your prayers, laban tayo Philippines! πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­Video Jolo Luarca III Styled by @justine.aliman19 Produced @bragaisjojo thanks to @yourtravy

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The video titled β€œRise” showed the 24-year-old Bicolana wearing various swimwear while frolicking in the beautiful beaches of the Philippines.

It was captured by videographer Jojo Luarca III and produced by Jojo Bragais. Justine Aliman styled Catriona during the shoot.

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LUZVIMINDA: "Magdiwang. Lumaban. Pagyamanin." πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­βœ¨ LUZON– MAGDIWANG" (Celebrate): The island group of LUZON is represented by the world-renowned "PAROL/CHRISTMAS LANTERN" from the province of Pampanga with a BRASS BORDER designed and made in Apalit, Pampanga (inspired by designs from the Philippine Baroque Churches that were declared as UNESCO Heritage Sites) At the back of the PAROL is a PAINTING with INSCRIPTION of the lyrics from "LUPANG HINIRANG", the Philippines’ National Anthem written in Baybayin (Ancient Filipino Alphabet) that literally translates to: "Lupang hinirang, Duyan ka ng magiting, Sa manlulupig Di ka pasisiil. Sa dagat at bundok, Sa simoy at sa langit mong bughaw." The PAINTING also highlighted victories, festivals, events, heroes and national icons with a style inspired by the works of Philippine National Artist Carlos "Botong" Francisco, a native of the Art Capital of the Philippines, Angono, Rizal in Luzon. VISAYAS–LUMABAN" (Fight): The island group of VISAYAS is represented by a body suit with authentic "tattoo designs" embellished with crystals derived from patterns used by the "PINTADOS" who are indigenous peoples found in various islands in this part of the Philippines. The tattoo patterns are authentic and based from the manusript "BOXER CODEX" written in 1590. The tattoos represent an individual’s journey and a public testimony recounting acts of combat, bravery, and strength, that perfectly represents the courageous and resilient Filipino spirit amidst trials we face in this day and age. MINDANAO– β€œPAGYAMANIN" (Enrich): The island group of MINDANAO is represented by an authentic "HEADPIECE & BRASS ACCESSORIES" from the province of South Cotabato and customized KNEE-HIGH BOOTS with embroidered designs inspired by different indigenous textile patterns from the southern part of the Philippines, namely: Inaul, Yakan, Maranao, B'laan, Bagobo, Tausug and T'nalak. The woven textiles express a strong belief in "ancestral and natural spirits" and "cultural roots" of indigenous communities that remain well-preserved up to this day. Pilipinas, para sa iyo ang lahat ng ito. πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ @missuniverse πŸŽ₯ @benjaminaskinas

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After months of preparation and guidance and prayers, I kept waiting for a wave of nerves to hit me but it never came. Maybe it was God's gift to me that night, or maybe I just knew I had done everything to be ready, now it was just time for me to enjoy and have fun. Just to think that Im going to be able to say Catriona Gray,,,PHILIPPINES gives me the chills all over again. πŸ˜­βœ¨πŸ’™πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­πŸ™ How do I begin to thank all of the beautiful souls who have been so generous and kind with their time, effort and resources? Truly, I would not have been able to realise this dream without you all. To Madam SMA and BPCI executive committee thank you for this once in a lifetime oppertunity. To Sir Gines, Ms Liliana, Ate Jems, Kuya Jun and the rest of the black boys of BBP, thank you for an amazing experience over these last few weeks and for looking after me and all of my sisters! πŸ‘―β€οΈ To my angels who have dedicated their passion to training me but wish to be anonymous, you have transformed my stage performance. Thank you to the moon and back for all of your time, effort and especially friendship. ❀️ To kuya @ton_lao, @harleybarleyy and @bragaisjojo for taking me under your wing. To be surrounded by amazing people like you through the craziness that has been this competition has been both reassuring and uplifting. To mamang @hairbybrentsales, @jellyeugenio @memayfrancisco, @momoisupe and @mimsqiu for making me glow throughout the competition. ✨✨✨ To @jearsond and @maktumang what an amazing experience it is to collaborate with such talented artists!!! Thank you for your amazing talent and making me feel like a queen. πŸ‘‘ To my family, my love @clintbondad and my friends for always being there to support me and give me strength. Special shout out to my sister @sandralemonon who kept me sane throughout. Lastly to my #Catrionians what an amazing journey we've been on. Through the highs and lows you've never left my side. For your love, dedication and ceaseless support…I'm am forever grateful that you've chosen me as your queen. This is all for you. Let's do this. πŸ‘‘βœ¨πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­πŸ’™β™₯οΈπŸ’› Love your Miss Universe Philippines, 2018. (Ayyyy, 😭😭😭😭😭 ) #CatrionaGrayMUP2018

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Where I'd rather be …✨🐚🌊

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Sun kissed β˜€οΈ

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