Miss Universe 2018 brought women from across 94 nations together for the biggest pageant in the world. The contestants gathered in Bangkok Sunday night for a live, three-hour special. The finale featured everything from a swimsuit competition and evening gown showing to the infamous final question.
Miss Philippines Catriona Elisa Gray was the winner of this year’s Miss Universe contest, becoming the fourth Philippine native to win the crown. Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green was named as the first runner-up.
Gray was a front-runner the entire competition, but her answer to the final question all but solidified her title. The final three were all asked the same question: “What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your life and how would you apply it to your time as Miss Universe?”
She talked about visiting the poorest areas in her country and realizing the need to look for the beauty in things and to find the silver lining:
“If I could teach people to be grateful, we could have an amazing world where negatively could not grow and foster, and children will have a smile on their face.”