MANILA — Among pageant fans and pundits, Catriona Gray has been credited with setting a new standard for aspiring Miss Universe queens, with her level of preparation and dedication, and more importantly, her eloquence.
That gift of communication shone anew as she faced the press early Wednesday, in her first interview after the end of her reign as Miss Universe 2018.
Upon her arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport — just days after crowing her successor, Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa, in Atlanta, Georgia — Gray spoke with reporters on a range of topics, including the 2019 titlist’s winning moment and the Philippines’ bet Gazini Ganados.
Gray then teased her upcoming projects in the Philippines, saying she will pursue a music career which will likely tie with her advocacies like education and HIV/AIDS awareness.
In the country, Gray is under the management of Cornerstone Entertainment, the same talent agency behind the likes of Rachelle Ann Go, Jaya, Moira dela Torre, Yeng Constantino, and KZ Tandingan.
Gray also touched on the Philippine license of Miss Universe, which, after 55 years with Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc., was announced to have a new home in a group headed by Miss Universe Philippines 2011 Shamcey Supsup.
Watch Gray’s full interview below: