Miss Univers 2018 Catriona Gray wants the whole world to be sure of one thing: that she is proudly Filipina.
The beauty queen recently posted a photo of herself on her Instagram stories with the word “Filipina” emphasized in the middle. Fans supposed that the recent upload was her response to the mishap that happened during her stint in Colombia a few days ago as one of the judges for their local Miss Universe competition.
During the broadcast of the show, instead of simply referring to the 26-year-old as the former Miss Universe 2018, she was introduced by the pageant host as someone “Australian by birth” who simply “represented the Philippines” in the Miss Universe pageant.
To make matters worse, they also misspelled her last name from Gray to ‘Garay’.
The entire fiasco drew the ire of Catriona’s Pinoy fans who defended the beauty queen. Some of them pointed out as well how Catriona’s tight smile during the moment expressed her discomfort over what was said. “Who wouldn't fake a smile if your last name is like that. You've been introduced as Australian by birth but represented Philippines after living for a few years there” wrote one Twitter user.
Check out how the other netizens reacted to what happened below:
Remembering what happened back in 2018, it seems the beauty queen just can’t catch a break. After winning the Miss Universe crown two years ago, Catriona’s Australian descent first became the cause of controversy when Australian media outlet The Courier-Mail wrote of her triumph with the caption “our crowning glory” along with her title of Miss Universe Philippines. The outlet, however, crossed out the word Philippines in place of “Queensland.”
FYI, Catriona was born to her Filipina mother Normita Magnayon, a native of Albay, and her Scotland-born Australian father Ian Gray. She was raised in Queensland, Australia up until she finally moved to the Philippines at the age of 18 to pursue a modeling career.
For her part, Catriona has always been vocal about staying true to her Filipina roots. “Even though I was born in Australia, that’s not my choice. It was more of my parents’ choice…I chose to come here,” she said in an April 2018 interview with talkshow host Boy Abunda.
Subsequently, the pageant queen once again reiterated where her loyalties lie after she was hailed as Miss Universe 2018. “Philippines, what an amazing honor it has been to carry your name across my chest and to embody you in all aspects. I may now carry the sash of Miss Universe, but I’ll forever be your Miss Philippines.”