MANILA – Catriona Gray is looking forward to facing a new chapter in her life as she passes on her Miss Universe crown next month.
Gray returned to Build Series in New York on Tuesday (Manila time) for an interview, along with Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst, to promote the upcoming Miss Universe pageant in Atlanta, Georgia on December 8.
“I am also a pageant fan aside from being Miss Universe, so I’m like secretly fangirling on the inside,” the Filipino-Australian beauty queen said.
“It also is going to be a sentimental time for me, too because I’m passing on my title,” she went on. “But you know, I’m so excited to face my new chapter and I’m excited to see the girls shine.”
Saying the Miss Universe crown has made a huge impact on her life, Gray hopes to continue her “creative pursuits” and advocacy work after her reign.
“I do have a passion for music,” she said. “I also want to continue being a spokesperson and to work with the causes that are dear to my heart because it’s really what fulfills me as an individual… You’re definitely going to see me doing these things. Please continue to support me.”
When asked about the “most important lesson” she has learned as Miss Universe, Gray replied: “To stay true to myself, because being elevated to the international platform that is Miss Universe, there are more people, more voices more than ever telling me certain opinions, telling me certain things to do. It’s really been a journey to trust my inner instinct and stay true to what I believe in. Because now more than ever, I’m being tugged in so many different ways.”
As she waits for the Miss Universe 2019 coronation night, Gray only wants to take a moment to step back and “soak in everything that happened” during her reign.
“I want to be able to reflect… It’s a year and it’s so long, but in a way it just passes by,” she said.
Watch Gray and Kryst’s interview on Build Series below: