This Is What Catriona Gray Realized About Pageantry After Attending New York Fashion Week
Life has been a roller coaster ride for Catriona Gray since winning Miss Universe 2018 last December. For the initial phase of her reign, the beauty queen has been busy attending to a lot of media interviews, photo shoots, and other engagements in New York, where Miss Universe's headquarters is based.
Earlier this month, Catriona attended several events and shows at the New York Fashion Week, constantly updating her almost 5 million Instagram followers about how amazing the overall experience was. First on her agenda was The Talks at NYFW, a panel discussion that zoomed in on inclusivity and representation in fashion.
With the line separating pageantry and fashion industry continuously blurred in various ways, Catriona has come to realize that the significant progress we see and observe the fashion industry makes today could also happen for pageantry—the beginning for which we've already seen when Miss Spain Angela Ponce made history as the first transgender candidate in Miss Universe history.
Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (headed by Stella Marquez-Araneta) and the Araneta Center organized a grand homecoming event for Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, kicked off by a press conference at Novotel Manila. Catriona wore a living coral modern terno created by fashion designer Mak Tumang, who also designed the beauty queen's Mayon volcano-inspired gown at the Miss Universe 2018 coronation night in Thailand.
During the Q&A portion at her homecoming press conference last February 20, Metro.Style asked Catriona her takeaway from attending New York Fashion Week. She says, "It wasn't only about watching a collection, where models walk down the runway, and seeing the designers' works, it was also about having a conversation on inclusivity and representation within the fashion industry, which I think bleeds into the fashion industry all over the world, even here in the Philippines—talking about inclusivity in terms of gender, in terms of body shapes. You know, I think that pageantry is a beautiful arena to really start pioneering for more inclusivity, more representation, and I feel like in this modern age, we really are. I'm really excited to see what pageantry looks like over the next coming years."
Photographs by Spotlight Creatives