WATCH: Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray Shares Her Best Beauty Tips
In the presence of Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray, there is always an air of understated elegance, coupled with a clearly powerful, attention-grabbing aura, which permeates a room. She is soft-spoken, but her words carry weight. She is sweet yet feisty at the same time. She is confident, but she is humbled by the realization that she still has so much she needs to learn and improve on. On top of these, she's got the beauty worthy of the international spotlight.
In this listicle, Catriona talks about various topics that have altogether made her the inspirational modern woman and beauty queen she is today:
On bullying: “I never experienced being bullied as a kid… the environment kids grow up in, there’s always gonna be some kind of bullying. I always knew from a young age that I can stand up for myself. I feel like the way you react to the bullying stops it or encourages it.”
On getting rejected as a model: “I remember I got approved for my first TVC and I did all the workshops, the fittings, everything. I put about three days of work into it, and then a day before the actual shoot, I got a call saying I got replaced. They just changed the girl. I took it to heart, I was like, ‘Did they not like me?’ I soon realized that when you’re a model, the casting agent is just looking for someone to fit an image or a mold in their deck. It’s not anything personal, it’s not because they don’t like you as a person. It’s just your look, that’s nothing personal to take to heart.”
On seeing pageantry as a tool for charity: “I’ve been exposed to beauty pageants through my best friend Valerie Weigmann; she was Miss World Philippines 2014. When I saw how she actively participated in the charity and was able to raise funds for it, that’s kind of what made me see the door of pageantry open up. I was in volunteering as a model but how much more could I do with a platform where people would listen? So that’s actually why I pursued pageantry.”
On how her experience in modelling helped her in pageants: “I don’t have stage fright because I started so early [with modelling], so when it comes to walking up onstage, I don’t have a feeling of, ‘Oh my gosh, how should I pose? What about if I trip?’ There’s nothing like that going through my head, and I think modelling prepared me for that. And also, I feel comfortable being in front of a camera.”
On becoming a beauty pageant candidate again: “Going into Binibini, I didn’t feel like I had it in the bag. It felt like I had a lot to lose. It was also very humbling going from being a queen back to being a candidate, and to even be competing with people that I had competed with before. It really grounded me. I went into Binibini knowing that I had a lot to prove.”
On the new definition of “beauty queen:” “The more good role models that young people have these days, the better, especially in a world that we are seen as beauty queens where we’re pretty faces, everything about us is glamorized and beautiful. I think if we can show depth to that, that makes a new definition of beauty queen.”
On how she spends her downtime: “Sleeping is one. I love eating out. It’s not about the food for me. Growing up, my mom and dad, if there’s a holiday or a birthday celebration, we always go to a meal together so I just associate it with, like, if I’ve had a long day and I want to treat myself, I will go and have a meal. I love going to a coffee shop. I don’t depend on coffee but I like the experience of being in a coffee shop. It’s something sentimental for me.”
On her fashion style: “I like what looks good on me. I don’t really have a style. I do like classic silhouettes, round skirts, button-down blouses. Not too crazy with crazy prints or anything. I like color blocking. I like whites, not so much of a black fan. I like things that are comfortable.”
On her style icons: “Olivia Culpo, Miranda Kerr, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley"
On her skincare routine: "My skincare is really natural. I like to use a lot of jojoba oil and rosehip oil. Apple cider vinegar is one of my faves, for making it like a DIY toner. If I have a breakout, I soak a cotton ball with a little bit of apple cider vinegar, and I just put in on for a couple of seconds. I find that it helps with inflammation and redness. As a toner, I use it half and half with water and then I just spray it on after I cleanse my face."
Photos from @catriona_gray @bbpilipinasofficial
Produced by Grace Libero-Cruz
Photographs by Rxandy Capinpin
Creative direction by Chookie Cruz
Styling by Stylized Studio – Danae Dizon, Patrick Perez, Joy Bernardo, Steven Coralde, Aina Ampil, and Aia Tabuzo
Makeup by Jelly Eugenio
Hairstyling by Jaymar Lahaylahay
Shoot assistants: Sara delos Reyes, Jovi Figueroa, Mariel Abanes, and James Mangile
Special thanks to Gines Enriquez, Ivan de Lara, Terry Dy of Café Amazon, and Stephen Capuchino
Shot on location at Zoomburst Studios