Catriona Gray is no stranger to beauty pageants. Since the age of five, she has been winning beauty titles, culminating in her being crowned as Miss Universe in December.
But last week, it was Gray’s turn to do the crowning, as she attended the Puteri Indonesia 2019, or Princess of Indonesia, contest in Jakarta.
While there, Gray also met with President Joko Widodo at Bogor Palace, alongside the new Puteri Indonesia 2019, who giggled when he met the beauty queen (see video below).
Frederika Alexis Cull was crowned Puteri Indonesia 2019 and will represent Indonesia in the Miss Universe 2019 pageant, following in Gray’s footsteps, who won the title as Miss Philippines in December.
Miss Philippines Catriona Gray reacts after being crowned Miss Universe during the final round of the Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok, Thailand, December 17, 2018. Reuters
The new Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray from Philippines celebrates as she is crowned during the Miss Universe 2018 beauty pageant at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, 17 December 2018. EPA
Sthefany Gutierrez of Venezuela, Tamaryn Green of South Africa and Catriona Gray of the Philippines stand on stage after being selected as top three finalists. AFP
Catriona Gray with runner-up Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green. EPA
Miss Spain Angela Ponce, the first transgender woman to take part in the international beauty contest, thanks the crowds during the Miss Universe 2018 beauty pageant. EPA
Catriona Gray reacts after being selected as top five finalist while Natalia Carvajal of Costa Rica and Akisha Albert of Curacao applaud. AFP
H'Hen Nie of Vietnam reacts after being selected as top five finalist. AFP
Kiara Ortega of Puerto Rico reacts after being selected as top five finalist. AFP
Sophida Kanchanarin of Thailand competes after being selected as top 10 finalists. AFP
Miss Costa Rica Natalia Carvajal jokes with host Steve Harvey during the Miss Universe 2018 beauty pageant. EPA
Marta Stepien of Canada competes after being selected as top 10 finalists. AFP
Akisha Albert of Curacao competes after being selected as top 10 finalist. AFP
Catriona Gray poses in her dress by Mak Tumang, a Philippines designer. AFP
Catriona Gray dons the 'Mayon' gown by designer Mak Tumang AFP / Lillian SUWANRUMPHA
Miss Great Britain Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers sings a song next to host Steve Harvey during the beauty pageant. EPA
Miss Puerto Rico Kiara Ortega competes in the 67th Miss Universe 2018 beauty pageant in Bangkok. EPA
The top 10 finalists. Tamaryn Green of South Africa, H'Hen Nie of Vietnam, Sthefany Gutierrez of Venezuela, Catriona Gray of the Philippines, Natalia Carvajal of Costa Rica, Akisha Albert of Curacao, Manita Devkota of Nepal, Marta Stepien of Canada, Sophida Kanchanarin of Thailand and Kiara Ortega of Puerto of Rico. AFP
Gray will reign as Miss Universe until the end of this year, after she took the title at 2018’s competition, which was held in Bangkok, Thailand.
25-year-old beauty queen has spent the first three months of her reign back and forth between her home city of Manila and her new residence in New York, where she is working alongside the Miss Universe Organisation on a number of projects, including raising awareness of HIV prevention.
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