- Once the official list of candidates for this year’s Binibining Pilipinas pageant was released, Catriona Gray’s name has always been one of the stand outs
- Thanks to her previous pageant experience, she gained a supportive fan base as well as some tricks and tips of the trade
- However, Catriona said that having this advantage was not an excuse for her to feel complacent that she'll win the crown
Since the official list of candidates for Binibining Pilipinas 2018 was released, Catriona Gray's name has been a stand out. More than being a pretty face, she also represented the country in the Miss World pageant back in 2016, where she finished in the Top 5.
Catriona admitted that somehow, her Miss World experience helped her secure the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe crown, but, it was not enough to make her feel complacent and sure of winning that night.
"It is helpful naman to have experience in another pageant. But again, it didn't make me feel comfortable na secure 'yung crown. Feeling ko I really had to work for it pa rin," she said Tuesday.
The Philippine-represent for next year's Miss Universe shared that she has come a long way from that pageant, maturing to the best version of herself.
"I was 22 in my first pageant. Now, I am two years older. I feel much more mature and much more sure of myself," she said.
"I've really enjoyed the experience, actually, because every new pageant is a chance to meet amazing people, whether it be your fellow candidates, or the organizations you get to work with. I've just really enjoyed it," she added.
While the previous pageantry experience was helpful, Catriona said it also meant the public have higher expectations from her.
Having the advantage or not, Catriona definitely proved herself once more, not only to the judges, but to every follower of the annual pageant.
Catriona will represent the country to the 67th Miss Universe 2018 happening later this year.
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