We have our 4th Miss Universe!
Catriona Gray of the Philippines is Miss Universe 2018.
First Runner Up is Tamaryn Green of South Africa, with Second Runner-up Sthefany Gutierrez of Venezuela.
Let us celebrate for now!
From the twenty above, I managed to cut them in half to pave the way for a Top 10 and Top 5, as follows:
During the Top 5 Q&A, gut-feel tells me that Canada might be overtaken in her 2nd-ranking position that will lead into a Final 3 Casting as follows:
There are many factors that prompt me to put Miss Philippines Catriona Gray as my #1 pick to win Miss Universe 2018. I have already mentioned in previous interviews on ABS-CBN, CNN Philippines and Bombo Radyo – and relayed to TV5 as well – that she is simply in a league all her own. She has the beauty, eloquence and maturity to tower above the rest. She has the powerful social media following that will equate to an effective platform by which she can further her personal causes as well as sustain the brand of the Miss Universe Organization and IMG. To top it all, she has the authenticity to go beyond being confidently beautiful – a coined phrase that has already overstayed its welcome in our favorite beauty pageant. The judges would be blind not to see all these factors which – I strongly believe – are already inputted in their decision-making even before the Preliminary Interviews and formalized soon after she stood up at the end of her 7-on-1. She is Miss Universe 2018 personified. And it will take a gargantuan effort from either Tamaryn Green or Kiara Liz Ortega to snatch the title away from her.
I will end this blog entry by stating that the Philippines’ 4th Miss Universe victory is well within reach. Not by a mile or in an arm’s length. But close enough to touch, smell and hug the crown.
My first #Top10 Picks for Miss Universe 2018:
As of December 9, 2018, allow me to share with you normannorman.com’s ten (10) running favorites for #MissUniverse2018. In this order:
1. Catriona Gray #Philippines
2. Kiara Liz Ortega #PuertoRico
3. Marta Magdalena Stepien #Canada
4. Tamaryn Green #SouthAfrica
5. Francesca Hung #Australia
6. Trejsi Sejdini #Albania
7. Sarah Rose Summers #USA
8. Sophida Kanchanarin #Thailand
9. Sthefany Gutierrez #Venezuela
10. Yuumi Kato #Japan
For now, these ten ladies are the ones I am seeing as strong contenders in the finals. The composition can still change within the coming days. But the first three of the upper tier are likely to remain unchanged.
In addition, our Queen Cat is still among the Top 3 of the Thais along with Puerto Rico and – not so surprisingly – Albania (who is always being talked about in all their events). Even the TV networks give value to her, just like in the interview below with PPTV36 which is an events channel where sporting and other world events are featured. She has been the only one given a spot so far in this network. I was told by a Thai ad agency contact that she is highly valued by the advertisers and has been getting a majority of the interviews.
Then watch this next video where the subject was as simple as Pad Thai.
Here are my six (6) standouts during last night’s Thai Fashion Show of Miss Universe 2018. Who are yours, dear readers?
Photos and video from the visit of the Miss Universe 2018 Candidates to Wat Arun in Bangkok, Thailand featuring Miss Philippines Catriona Gray.
A select group of Miss Universe 2018 Candidates – including host delegate Miss Thailand Ning Sophida Kanchanarin, Miss Philippines Catriona Gray, Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green and Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers – visited WuttisakBeauty where they “bonded” with snails – a main ingredient in the Thai company’s beauty products.
Check out #Ning and #kittycat in the clip!