Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Gray was scared and at one point, she was hesitant about returning to the pageant world after the heartbreak she had when she nearly got the Miss World crown last 2016.
Catriona is now in New York City to start her reign as Miss Universe with a media tour this week where we saw her guesting on programs like “Good Morning America” and “Live with Kelly and Ryan”.
One of her six interviews yesterday was her interview with ABS-CBN News where she spoke about range of topics such as her 25th birthday celebration last January 6, the warm welcome she has received in the Big Apple, sharing her advocacy which is quality education to children and lending her voice in other causes as the new international queen.
The beauty queen also shared the time when she feared joining pageants as it meant putting herself in public in order for her to be criticized and judged.
However, she said she found her strength from those who believed in her, and motivation from her advocacy which she wanted to bring more attention through being a public figure.
Catriona, who is a graduate of Musical Theory in Australia, shared the song for her journey as a beauty queen – from her loss in Miss World through her triumph on the Binibining Pilipinas and at the Miss Universe pageant.
When she told the media about joining the Bb. Pilipinas pageant, she said: “Going into applications, ‘The Greatest Showman’ had just come out, and I know that this has become an anthem for so many people, but ‘This Is Me’ was incredibly poignant for me at the moment.”
“I was scared to join again. I really was. I was scared to foray into that journey. Whenever anyone pursues that dream, there is that fear, there is that hesitance of — ‘Am I doing the right thing? Should I be here? Is this my time? Is this what I am supposed to do?”
She continued, “The message of ‘This Is Me’, ‘This is everything that I am, this is what I believe in, this is my dream, I’m going to go after it no matter what anyone says”
Here’s a clip on her interview yesterday:
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