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IN PHOTOS: Catriona Gray's walk to the Miss Universe crown

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 17 2018 02:35 PM | Updated as of Dec 17 2018 04:10 PM

Catriona Gray from the Philippines was crowned Miss Universe on Monday, the fourth time the Southeast Asian country has won the international beauty pageant.

Gray, a 24-year-old Filipino-Australian model, was a crowd favorite going into the contest. 

It was her beauty and radiance that bagged her the crown, the second Miss Universe crown of the Philippines in three years after Pia Wurtzbach in 2015 and following the footsteps of Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margie Moran in 1973.

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Steve Harvey hosts the final round of the Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok, Thailand, December 17, 2018. Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters

Contestants take part in the final round of the Miss Universe pageant. Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray reacts after she was selected as one of the top 20 contestants. Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters

Contestants selected for the top 20 are pictured during the final round of the Miss Universe pageant. Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters

Miss Universe contestants stand together after the top 20 candidates are selected. Lillian Suwanrumpha, AFP

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray dazzles in a swimsuit during the final round of the Miss Universe pageant. Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray performs with singer Ne-Yo. Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray slays during the final round of the pageant. Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray walks the stage during the final round of the Miss Universe pageant. Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters

The top 5 candidates share the stage during the final round of the Miss Universe pageant. Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters

Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters waves during the final round of the Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok, Thailand. Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters

And then there were 3. The top 3 contestants are pictured during the final round of the Miss Universe pageant. Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray and Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green hold hands as they wait for the Miss Universe title to be announced. Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray is crowned Miss Universe. Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray is crowned by Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters

Fans rejoice at a viewing party in a Quezon City restaurant as Catriona Gray is declared Miss Universe 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A fan watches the Miss Universe pageant at a beauty salon in Quezon City. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Fans watching the live telecast of the Miss Universe pageant react as Miss Philippines is announced the winner. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Fans watching the live telecast of the Miss Universe pageant react as Miss Philippines Catriona Gray is announced the winner. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray is surrounded by other candidates congratulating her after being crowned Miss Universe. Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters