Miss Universe victor is Catriona Gray, 24, from Philippines

Catriona Gray of the Philippines reacts as she is crowned the new Miss Universe 2018 by Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters on 17 December, 2018 in Bangkok. "It means a lot and I really appreciate it", Miss Egypt Nariman Khaled posted on her own Instagram account.

The 24-year-old crowd favorite's glowing red dress may have stood out, but the volcano nod captured the attention of only the closest watchers online. She moved to the Philippines after turning 18, following which she participated in the Miss World Philippines competition and won the title in 2016.

Gray thanked God, saying her victory was in His "glory and honour".

The 24-year-old beauty queen looked ravishing in her custom-made gown by Mak Tumang.

"Philippines, what an fantastic honor it has been to carry your name across my chest and to embody you in all aspects".

Then there was also an air of controversy laced throughout the competition as two contestants failed to make it into the top ten after "xenophobic" and "condescending" comments she made on her Instagram account about another contestant.

Five semi-finalists were chosen from each region - Top 20 - from each region - The Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific, as well as a Wild Card category.

Later in the video Summers appeared to express sympathy for Miss Cambodia, Rern Sinat, who she said, "doesn't speak any English and not a single other person speaks her language".

We are all overcome with emotion and excitement as another Filipina becomes a strong contender for Miss Universe.

The beauty pageant was held at Bangkok, Thailand.

Gray attended college in the U.S.at the College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where she received a degree in Music Theory and developed her skills as a singer. Moments after the Miss Universe Organization gave her a tribute, Ponce went to the stage and waved as the audience cheered on.

Celebrity Steve Harvey returned as the pageant's host in 2018, who has hosted during each of the past four years.

Sen. Joel Villanueva said that once again, a Filipina beauty has captured the hearts of the whole universe. "Philippines, you have endlessly inspired me".

This year's event drew positive feedback for themes of inclusivity and an all-women panel of judges made up of business leaders and former Miss Universe titleholders.

Filipinos across the internet also expressed their pride. Catriona is an HIV/AIDS advocate at Love Yourself PH, and volunteers as a Teacher's Assistant to the students of Young Focus NGO. When you have dream, or an ambition and it's so far away, that's so high up, you can feel overwhelmed.