Miss Universe prelims: Catriona dazzles in long gown competition

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 13 2018 09:53 PM | Updated as of Dec 13 2018 11:30 PM

The Philippines’ Catriona Gray was a dazzling sight as she took her turn on stage Thursday during the evening gown round of preliminary competition of Miss Universe.

Catriona Gray takes her turn on stage during the Miss Universe preliminary competition in Bangkok, Thailand.YouTube: Miss Universe

Catriona Gray takes her turn on stage during the Miss Universe preliminary competition in Bangkok, Thailand.YouTube: Miss Universe

Catriona Gray takes her turn on stage during the Miss Universe preliminary competition in Bangkok, Thailand.YouTube: Miss Universe

Catriona Gray takes her turn on stage during the Miss Universe preliminary competition in Bangkok, Thailand.YouTube: Miss Universe

Catriona Gray takes her turn on stage during the Miss Universe preliminary competition in Bangkok, Thailand.YouTube: Miss Universe

Catriona Gray takes her turn on stage during the Miss Universe preliminary competition in Bangkok, Thailand.YouTube: Miss Universe

Catriona Gray takes her turn on stage during the Miss Universe preliminary competition in Bangkok, Thailand.YouTube: Miss Universe

Catriona Gray takes her turn on stage during the Miss Universe preliminary competition in Bangkok, Thailand.YouTube: Miss Universe

Catriona Gray takes her turn on stage during the Miss Universe preliminary competition in Bangkok, Thailand.YouTube: Miss Universe

Catriona Gray takes her turn on stage during the Miss Universe preliminary competition in Bangkok, Thailand.YouTube: Miss Universe

Catriona Gray takes her turn on stage during the Miss Universe preliminary competition in Bangkok, Thailand.YouTube: Miss Universe

Catriona Gray takes her turn on stage during the Miss Universe preliminary competition in Bangkok, Thailand.YouTube: Miss Universe

Catriona Gray takes her turn on stage during the Miss Universe preliminary competition in Bangkok, Thailand.YouTube: Miss Universe

Catriona Gray takes her turn on stage during the Miss Universe preliminary competition in Bangkok, Thailand.YouTube: Miss Universe

The gown was a collaboration between Gray and Mak Tumang, who also designed the candidate’s two other gowns for the pageant.

According to Tumang, Gray’s final three gowns were the result of seven sketches, four prototypes, and the collective effort of 16 artisans over some 2,712 hours, or 113 days.

The materials used for the gowns had a total cost of P1,025,091, Tumang wrote in an Instagram post on Thursday.

Tumang was also behind Gray’s looks when she competed in Miss World in 2016, and Binibining Pilipinas in March this year. He likewise designed Gray’s outfits during the ABS-CBN Ball and her guest appearance on the noontime program “It’s Showtime.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Aside from the evening gown competition, the preliminary pageant on Thursday also saw the candidates in their swimsuits. Their performance here will determine the top 20 to be announced on coronation day on December 17.

In a first in Miss Universe’s 67-year run, the selection committee is composed entirely of women. It’s also the first time in over 20 years that the preliminary selection committee will also be the panel of judges on coronation day.

Prior to the preliminary competition on Thursday, Gray, along with her fellow candidates, met with the selection committee through individual interviews about their accomplishments and aspirations.

If Gray succeeds in being crowned Miss Universe, she would be the fourth Filipina to do so after Pia Wurtzbach in 2015, Margie Moran in 1973, and Gloria Diaz in 1969.