Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray talks about competing against Australia

After Miss Universe 2018, there has been a debate between Filipinos and Aussies about the “true” nationality of Catriona Gray. Of course, being crowned as Miss Universe meant that the respective country of the winner would receive as much glory too. With all the debate, Catriona already stated that she is a true Aussie by birth and a Filipina at heart.

Furthermore, in an interview with “Build Series,” they asked Catriona how she felt competing against Miss Australia considering she was part Aussie. If you haven’t already figured it out, Catriona’s father is Scottish-born Australian while her mother is a Filipino.

Without a doubt in her mind, Catriona said:

No, because I really feel like I’m a Miss Philippines. I feel like a Filipina, a Filipino woman. It just so happened that when I was growing up, I was very much of an Australian. I just thought it was funny that there was this war, like ‘no, she’s ours, she’s practically a Miss Australia.’ But I am a Miss Philippines.

Furthermore, she said how she can’t blame Australia for feeling excited for her as well. She said that for the sake of it all, she’ll let them have that claim for their own. This wasn’t the first time she talked about her roots. In “Tonight With Boy Abunda,” she stated how being born in Australia was never her choice but her parents’ choice. She, however, made a decision back then to start a life here on her own, to find herself and prove that she can make it in the Philippines.

If there ever was a doubt in the minds of Aussies if Catriona was one of them or one of us, we Filipinos do not, From how she represented our country in Miss Universe, with her nationalistic dresses, attitude, answers, and personality, we can tell that she is a true Filipina and nothing can take that away from her.

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Posted by BUILD Series on Tuesday, January 8, 2019