Once a queen, always a queen!
Catriona Gray made the rounds online for her reaction after the Top 16 candidates were revealed at the 71st Miss Universe pageant on Sunday, Jan. 15 (Philippine time).
Following the announcement, our Miss Universe 2018 sent words of encouragement to countries who felt disappointed that their bet did not advance further in the competition. "Guys you are not alone, Philippines, Thailand, Mexico, Indonesia—I know you might be feeling a little bit of disappointment right now but we always have next year," she said.
Many were reassured by the beauty queen's words and expressed their gratitude for her efforts to uplift the spirits of others. "Thank you for the words of comfort to the countries who don’t make it especially our dear Ms. Philippines," one user commented on Facebook.
Some netizens, meanwhile, took a different route and made a meme out of her now-viral reaction, noting how they can relate to the former Miss U titleholder.
"Same, Catriona, same," a netizen who uploaded the same video tweeted.
"Shookt to the core si mamsh," another one said.
"Catriona is a living meme right now and I'm here for it," a Twitter user added.
Filipino netizens also showered the former beauty queen with praises for her gracefulness as backstage commentator at the recently concluded tilt. Along with TV personality Zuri Hall, she interviewed Miss Universe 1978 Margaret Gardiner among other prominent personalities on the show.
"Catriona Gray's growth has been so (beautiful) to watch. From winning Miss Universe to being a commentator for several pageants after that. She is killing it at this role and how she keeps it real is refreshing," one user tweeted.
@catrionaelisa growth has been so beauty to watch. From winning #MissUniverse to being a commentator for several pageants after that. She is killing it at this role and how she keeps it real is refreshing #MissUniverse2022 #CatrionaGray #catriona #Philippines pic.twitter.com/FgSUve4i48— Koinonia Baloyi (@Koinonia_b) January 15, 2023
Another user also commended the other hosts for their style and grace throughout the pageant. "Can we all acknowledge these ladies who took the helm in hosting this year’s Miss Universe! Such an amazing job Olivia, Cat, Zuri, and Jeannie!"
The 71st Miss Universe tilt was held at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in Louisiana, USA.
Fil-Am Miss USA R'Bonney Gabriel was crowned Miss Universe 2022, followed by Miss Venezuela Amanda Dudamel and Miss Dominican Republic Andreína Martínez as first runner-up and second runner-up, respectively.
Philippines’ Celeste Cortesi didn't make it to the semi-final round of the competition, marking an end to the country's years-long streak of placing in the beauty pageant's semi-finals from 2010 to 2021. At the 70th Miss Universe, Beatrice Luigi Gomez of Cebu City finished in the Top 5.