- Catriona Gray finally has openly declared her support for Rabiya Mateo, ending days of speculations as to what might be going on in her mind
- When the Ms. Universe pre-pageant events began, many were wondering why Catriona did not urge followers to support Rabiya, unlike fellow Ms. Universe title holder Pia Wurtzbach and many other celebrities who were vocal about their support to Rabiya
- While Catriona answered some queries saying she has already reached out to the Ilongga beauty queen and that not everything need to be posted on social media, she still experienced a great degree of bashing
- A couple of days before the pageant night, the social media accounts of Catriona Gray started espousing Rabiya
Catriona Gray’s social media accounts, after several days of displaying generic posts about the upcoming Ms. Universe pageant, finally began to light up with Rabiya Mateo’s name.
On Twitter, Catriona’s posts nowadays seemed focused on the Philippines’ representative to the Ms. Universe 2020 pageant.
In one of her posts, Catriona wrote: “Our girl literally said, 'no sun in my natcos? I am the sun.' #AribaRabiya.”
The reason for the post is that there were some who called out the non-inclusion of the sun on Rabiya’s national costume, which is supposed to depict a Philippine flag.
For the former Ms. Universe 2018 titleholder, Rabiya herself is the sun, hence there is no need for an additional sun.
She ended her post with one of the battlecries for Rabiya in her quest for the Ms. Universe 2020 title, which is #AribaRabiya.
Rabiya Mateo, umani ng pinakamaraming followers sa Instagram; higit 500k ang lamang sa ibang Ms. U candidates
Miss Universe 2020 will be the 69th edition of the Miss Universe competition. The global pandemic forced the Ms. Universe organization to postpone the events scheduled for 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 is in Colombia right now 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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