Here’s Who Won The 2018 Miss Universe Competition

She received her crown from last year's victor Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa. Born in Australia, she entered her first pageant at 5 years old and moved to the United States for university, where she studied music at the Berklee College of Music, Newsweek reports. She has a black belt in Choi Kwang-Do martial arts that she earned at the age of 12. We're here for the new queen, new memes, fam.

The champion later thanked her 1.2 million Instagram followers for staying with her during her journey to take the crown. She said her mom cried when they saw each other after she won the competition, the 67th Miss Universe pageant. Miss South Africa Demi, Leigh Nel-Peters and Miss Venezuela, Sthefany Gutiérrez rounded out the top three at the contest, which was held in Bangkok. Heart-racing adventures, like zipline, are always game for her.

Filipinos across the internet also expressed their pride. And as she volunteered for Young Focus, an NGO advocating education for impoverished children, she saw the awful plight of street kids in Tondo.

After the 20 semi-finalists shared their thoughts, the stage welcomed Angela Ponce, who made a mark as the transgender woman to contend for the title of Miss Universe. Apparently it worked, because the 24-year-old Miss Philippines was crowned Miss Universe 2018 on Monday in Bangkok.

The last was Pia Wurtzbach, who was crowned in 2015 following host Steve Harvey's mistake in naming the wrong victor.

The theme of this year's pageant was "Empowered Women" and was judged by seven women, including former pageant winners, businesswomen and a fashion designer.

Marison Malaret right of Puerto Nuevo Puerto Rico receives the Miss Universe crown from last year's title holder Gloria Diaz of the Phippines during ceremonies
Philippines’ Catriona Gray is crowned Miss Universe 2018 (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

A new Miss Universe has been crowned.

Valeria Morales was mocked for her silent demeanour and lack of communication by Miss USA, Sarah Rose Summers.

On Sunday, Gray, 24, bested contestants from 93 other countries to capture the Miss Universe crown.

The Philippines is hoping to grab its 4th crown courtesy of Filipino-Australian Catriona Gray.

The comments went viral but Summers later posted an apology on Instagram, saying she did not "intend to hurt" her fellow competitors. "We all come from different backgrounds and can grow alongside one another", she wrote.

In the pageant's preliminary round, Catriona wore an evening gown inspired by both the Ibong Adarna of the Philippines and the Mikimoto Crown of Japan.

  • Marlene Weaver