Preliminary Interviews done!
The seven members of the all-female panel who will select the next Miss Universe were amazed at the lineup of ladies they spent time talking to. The length of each interview may not be that long, but it already gave (left to right top photo) Lili Gil Valletta, Bui Simon, Monique Lhuillier, Michelle McLean, Iman Oubou, Janaye Ingram and Richelle Singson-Michael a good idea on who deserves to be in the Top 20 come Finals.
When you show up for the all-important Miss Universe 2018 Preliminary Closed Door Interview proudly wearing an attire that depicts the shining heritage of your country in a fashionable way.
That’s our #kittycat Catriona Gray in a Filipiniana top made by Jearson Demavivas, paired with an Ifugao skirt and pearl earrings by Jewelmer.
I doff my hat to you, Catriona Elisa!
Styling by Andrea Justine Aliman
By the way, if you still haven’t watched the “Mindanao” video behind our Queen Cat’s National Costume “Celebrate”, please click below.
Now that the National Costume Competition is over and done with, we can all look forward to the Miss Universe 2018 Preliminaries this coming Thursday night at the Impact Arena in Muang Thong Thani.
#BuongPilipinas, let us keep on rallying behind our #kittycat Queen Catriona Gray as she continues to make us proud in the most important pre-pageant event of the entire competition – accounting for the swimsuit and evening gown scores that will determine the Top 20 on the Finals (with the separate closed-door interviews and the MUO deliberation held privately).
I just learned that three of the several judges are Miss Universe 1992 Michelle McLean, Miss Universe 2005 Natalie Glebova and Filipino-American Designer Monique Lhuillier.
Catriona in Jearson Demavivas the morning after the National Costume Competition
In the meantime, below is the Visayas video of Cat’s National Costume.
Sharing with you now my Ten Favorite National Costumes of Miss Universe 2018 during last night’s National Costume Competition held at Nongnooch International Convention and Exhibition Center in Pattaya. In random order now:
Photo credits: Amorn Pitayanant, Ralph Smith and Patrick Prather for the MUO
Marisela de Monteclaro of El Salvador
Romina Lozano of Peru
Nehal Chudasama of India
Sophida Kanchanarin of Thailand
Catriona Gray of the Philippines
On Anong Homsombath of Laos
Mayra Dias of Brazil
Andrea Toscano of Mexico
Yuumi Kato of Japan
Rosa Iveth Montezuma of Panama
The sketches by Jearson Demavivas
This is #BuongPilipinas called “Celebrate” as stated during the description of Miss Philippines Catriona Gray’s National Costume for Miss Universe 2018. A collaborative effort among Queen Cat herself for concept, Eric Quiwa for Luzon (Parol), Jearson Demavivas for Visayas (Pintados body) and Jojo Bragais for Mindanao (the shoes and the headdress).
The actual NatCos – front and back
I was told that the lantern should have been lighted onstage, but was prevailed upon by the safety and security people of the venue from proceedings with that part.
The reactions are mixed. Half of the fans liked it. Half of the fans are underwhelmed. I am slightly higher than middle because I know the hardwork and sleepless nights that went into it. I still believe that the team should get an A for effort with the finished ensemble.
Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters invites everyone to the Miss Universe 2018 National Costume Competition tonight starting at 7pm (8pm Manila time) at the Nongnooch International Convention and Exhibition Center in Pattaya.
Hopefully the YouTube link below works till tonight’s show: