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Catriona Gray's "Lava Turn" Got Jaws Dropping And Eyes Popping At The Miss Universe Prelims

Now that's what a winner looks like. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Everyone knew that Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray was ready to bring her A game to the first of several pre-coronation night activities, but no one could have anticipated what the stunner showed the world at the Preliminary Swimsuit Competition catwalk: the Lava Turn. 

 

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In case you missed it (which at this point is near impossible given the Twitterstorm the iconic move spurred!), the jaw-dropping turn the 5'10" beauty pulled off saw her take the stage with full, confident strides, only to surprise the audience with a well-practiced slow motion pivot-turned-twirl that seamlessly transitioned back to sexy sashaying. 

 

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The perfectly choreographed movement was meant to make Catriona look like she was moving in slow motion—and to show off her painstakingly toned figure—and boy did she nail it. 

The whole thing unraveled with Catriona donning a hot pink two-piece swimsuit by a local Thai designer. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Here's what fans had to say about the seconds-long turn that's soon to be an iconic pageant moment: 

 

 

 

 

 

Another segment from the evening that set Catriona's devoted following ablaze was her evening gown by designer Mak Tumang. Decked out in literally thousands of beads and small details in fiery orange, reds, yellows, silvers, and golds, the number was inspired by a famous mythical creature in Philippine folklore: the Ibong Adarna. 

Interpreted by many to be the Philippines' version of the phoenix, the creature lent its magnificent appearance to Catriona who owned the outfit with pure majesty. 

 

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The gown's designer proudly posted a series of photos with a caption to explain his inspiration behind the creation when his muse hit the runway, writing, "Catriona has a resilient, tenacious and unwavering spirit. Her voice is truly captivating literally and figuratively. She uses it to influence, advance her timely causes and both melt and heal hearts. Her will-power and burning passion drive her to make every Filipino proud in whatever she does. She is the blazing Adarna!" 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

ADARNA: The Blazing Siren The 'Ibong Adarna' is a mythological pulchritudinous bird that could change in several fascinating guises. Its enchanting voice can enable complete healing to anyone who hears it. Some artists liken it to the mythological Phoenix where it recurrently regenerates itself by arising amidst a spectacle of flames and candescence. This makes it a fitting symbol of resilience, rising and rebirth. Catriona has a resilient, tenacious and unwavering spirit. Her voice is truly captivating literally and figuratively. She uses it to influence, advance her timely causes and both melt and heal hearts. Her will-power and burning passion drive her to make every Filipino proud in whatever she does. She is the blazing Adarna! Watch her rise in glory along with our hopes and dreams for our beloved country: the Philippines! Inspired from the Philippine Adarna Bird, Phoenix & Mikimoto Crown #MissUniverse2018 #Philippines #PreliminaryGown

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ADARNA: The Blazing Siren The 'Ibong Adarna' is a mythological pulchritudinous bird that could change in several fascinating guises. Its enchanting voice can enable complete healing to anyone who hears it. Some artists liken it to the mythological Phoenix where it recurrently regenerates itself by arising amidst a spectacle of flames and candescence. This makes it a fitting symbol of resilience, rising and rebirth. Catriona has a resilient, tenacious and unwavering spirit. Her voice is truly captivating literally and figuratively. She uses it to influence, advance her timely causes and both melt and heal hearts. Her will-power and burning passion drive her to make every Filipino proud in whatever she does. She is the blazing Adarna! Watch her rise in glory along with our hopes and dreams for our beloved country: the Philippines! Inspired from the Philippine Adarna Bird, Phoenix & Mikimoto Crown #MissUniverse2018 #Philippines #PreliminaryGown

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With Catriona's exceptional performance at these two segments and her growing popularity at the pageant, many believe that the Filipino looker truly stands a chance at bringing home the crown come coronation night on December 17. 

And we agree!

 

Photos from @maktumang