After her win as Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Gray finally reacts on the way Australia has been celebrating her win.
Gray was born in Cairns, Queensland and grew up there until she moved to the Philippines in her late teens to pursue her career in modelling. Her father is a Scottish-born Australian, while her mother is a Filipina.
In an interview at Build Series of New York on Wednesday (PH Time), the beauty queen was asked if it felt “weird” to be competing in Miss Universe with Miss Australia, Francesca Hung, considering her roots.
Setting the record straight, Catriona said: “No, because I really feel like I’m Miss Philippines. I feel like a Filipina, a Filipino woman. It just so happened that when I was growing up, I was very much Australian.”
“I just thought it was funny that there was this war, like, ‘no, she’s ours, she’s practically a Miss Australia.’ But I am a Miss Philippines,” she continued.
“But I can’t blame them for being excited, from really feeling the high spirits of the season, too. So we’ll let them have that”
Full video of Catriona’s Interview: https://web.facebook.com/BUILDseriesNYC/videos/2294970797414697/
After her fresh victory as Miss Universe Philippines last year, Catriona also adressed her roots in an interview with Boy Abunda.
She said in the interview: “Even though I was born in Australia, that’s not my choice. It was more of my parent’s choice”
“My decision to come to the Philippines at age 18 just after I graduated high school was like a self-discovery for me,” she added. “[It was] my first step into figuring out – ‘Who am I? What do I want to do with my life? – and just putting myself out of my comfort zone,”
“I chose to come here, and I came over on my own money. I wanted to prove to myself na kaya ko ‘to. I can do this.