Sometimes, a mother’s encouragement isn’t just coming from a place of love… sometimes, mothers just know. And they believe in their children, even when they don’t believe themselves. So, years ago, when Catriona Gray’s mother predicted her daughter would win Miss Universe one day, Gray thought her mother was being a good mom. However, her mother’s dream came true when Gray won in 2018, and the celebration was joyous and touching.
Read on to find out just how far Miss Philippines and her mom came from all those years ago!
The Road to Miss Universe 2018
The annual Miss Universe competition took place in Thailand earlier this month. After several rounds of competition, the winner was Catriona Gray – aka Miss Philippines, and now, the 67th Miss Universe, who beat 93 other contestants from other countries. Before her win, Steve Harvey asked Gray how she would use her title to better the world. Gray replied, “…if I can teach people to be grateful, we can have an amazing world where negativity could not grow and foster and children will have smile on their faces.”
The 24-year old winner’s mother, Normita Magnayon, actually predicted that Catriona would become Miss Universe! More than a decade ago, Magnayon one night dreamed her daughter would win the renowned pageant. It’s true that mothers are our biggest fans, but this was one incredible motherly instinct. After many years of hard work and competition, Gray indeed won the title of Miss Universe. And the entire time, her mother stood right by her side.
The Iconic Dress
It wasn’t just Gray’s win that inspired headlines back home. Gray’s dress also became iconic in the Philippines, and among Miss Universe fans. She wore a floor-length gown titled “the lava gown,” as it sparkled and in the light turned orange-red. Designed by Mak Tumang, it is a tribute to the active Mayon volcano, on the island of Luzon in the Philippines.
The designer shared on Facebook, “The prominent and iconic Mayon Volcano is the penultimate inspiration for this creation. It is dubbed as the ‘perfect cone’ because of its symmetric conical form. Folktales have it that it was named after the mythological heroine ‘Daragang Magayon’ (Beautiful Lady). […] Catriona can be considered as the modern-day Daragang Magayon.”
An Incredible Win
Catriona is half Filipino, half Scottish. She was born in Australia but moved to the Philippines when she was 18, in hopes of building and starting her career as a commercial model. Gray is plenty talented – she was also the lead singer of her school’s jazz band, starred in high school plays, and earned a black belt in Choi Kwang-Do.
Even though Gray’s mother might’ve foreseen the win years ago, it was an incredible moment for both parents. They sat close to the stage, anxiously awaiting for Steve Harvey to announce the winner. When Catriona Gray’s name was called, her mother burst into tears of joy, and Mr. Gray was overwhelmed with excitement.
On winning the competition, Gray said, “My heart is filled with so much gratitude. There were moments of doubt where I felt overwhelmed and I felt the pressure.”