- Catriona Gray broke her silence regarding accusations she is not supporting Rabiya Mateo in the upcoming Ms. Universe beauty pageant
- The former Ms. Universe said that she already reached out to Rabiya privately and not everything is on social media, adding she does not have to flaunt online her conversation with Rabiya
- Cat posted some throwback photos over the weekend and recalled her experience back then
- She then asked followers who they are cheering for and also asked netizens to react
Catriona Gray reacted to accusations made against her alleging that she appeared non-supportive of Rabiya Mateo’s quest to become the next Ms. Universe.
The former Ms. Universe said that she has reached out to Rabiya and that what they talked about need not be flaunted on social media.
Over the weekend, Catriona posted throwback photos of her own Ms. Universe pageant experience way back in 2018 in Thailand.
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She then added the caption “And just like that, it's @missuniverse season again!”
“I think it's such an amazing feat that the delegates from around the world have been able to be present in Florida, USA having overcome all the challenges that I'm sure they and their team faced,” Catriona wrote further.
She ended her caption with a question for all her followers and other netizens.
“Who are you all cheering for? Netizens, pageant fans react!” Cat wrote.
Some netizens wondered why there was no mention of Rabiya in her post, with one of them asking “Should’ve you at least mention/support our Ms Universe Philippines candidate?”
Catriona addressed the issue squarely and posted “I’m a Filipino AND a Miss Universe. It’s a celebration of women from all over the world.”
The former Ms. Universe also said she already got in touch with Rabiya privately.
“I’ve reached out to @rabiyamateo throughout her journey privately not everything is on display on social media,” Cat replied.
Miss Universe 2020 will be the 69th edition of the Miss Universe competition. The global pandemic forced the Ms. Universe organization to cancel the events last year and move it to May 16, 2021 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, United States. Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa will crown her successor at the end of the event. Contestants from 74 countries and territories are expected to compete. The competition will be hosted by Mario Lopez and Olivia Culpo; Lopez last served as host during Miss Universe 2007, while Culpo was crowned Miss Universe 2012. Paulina Vega and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters will serve as expert analysts, and Cheslie Kryst will serve as a backstage correspondent; they had previously been crowned as Miss Universe 2014, Miss Universe 2017, and Miss USA 2019, respectively.
Several months ago, Catriona also gave her answer to a netizen who asked about her presence in Colombia amid rage of Typhoon Ulysses. The prominent beauty queen garnered the said criticism after sharing snaps on her social media page. Catriona was in Colombia to judge in the upcoming Miss Universe Colombia 2020 pageant. The Miss Universe 2018 likewise clarified that she was invited for the event months ago and she is currently working with Philippine Red Cross to help the areas affected by the typhoon.
More recently, the former Ms. Universe posted a meaningful and inspiring message on her Instagram about the use of app filters. The beauty queen conveyed that while it is enjoyable to use beauty filters, she admits that she realized she was comparing reality with a filter. Catriona also included a quote about how people recognize that the moon and stars are beautiful even if their pictures do not turn up well on camera. The celebrity related the mentioned quote to her post about the definition of beauty and sent out a moving message to whoever was reading her Instagram post.
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