Sorry Aussies but Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray said she is “Miss Philippines.”
The Filipino-Australian model appeared on Tuesday on the online talk show Build Series where she finally addressed the controversy that’s been buzzing ever since she won the pageant — is she Australian or Filipino?
You could say that Gray is a third culture kid: her father is a Scot who immigrated to Australia while her mom is a Filipino from Albay province. She grew up in Cairns, Queensland and moved to the Philippines after her high school graduation to work as a model.
When she won in December in Bangkok, there was a swell of pride among pageant-crazy Filipinos but some people got a tad upset when an Aussie tabloid called her “Miss Queensland.”
To add fuel to the fire, the mayor of Cairns said that they wanted to hold a grand reception for Gray, saying that her win was a “Cairns success story.”
Host Kerry Justich brought up the “war” between the two countries, and Gray said she is Miss Philippines but is also both Australian and Filipino.
It kinda sounds confusing, but let’s hear it from her.