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: “I’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 style—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 ‘Rise’ video
The video titled “Rise” 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.