Catriona Gray to judge Miss Universe Colombia 2020

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Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray announced Wednesday that she was chosen to be one of the judges in Miss Universe Colombia 2020.

“I’m very excited to announce this morning that I will be traveling to Colombia next month to be an official judge of Miss Universe Colombia,” Gray announced Wednesday in an interview over ABS-CBN News Channel.

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Miss Universe Colombia 2020 is set on November 16.

“Also, I’m also very honored to be there, representing Smile Train as their global ambassador,” she added.

Smile Train is a nonprofit organization and charity providing corrective surgery for children with cleft lips and palates. Headquartered in New York City and founded in 1999, Smile Train provides free corrective cleft surgery in 87 countries, training local doctors and providing hospital funding for the procedures.

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Catriona Gray to judge Miss Universe Colombia 2020

In 2019, Catriona Gray was invited to serve as a judge in Miss South Africa and Miss Universe Thailand.

Gray was born in Cairns, Queensland, to an Australian father of Scottish descent, Ian Gray, and a Filipina mother, Normita Ragas Magnayon, from Oas, Albay. Gray is reportedly named after her paternal grandmother, Catherine Gray (née Ross), an immigrant to Western Australia from Scotland in 1952. Elsa Magnayon (née Ragas), her maternal grandmother from Oas, Albay, Philippines.

Catriona Gray’s 2018 Miss Universe pageant finals question was: “What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your life, and how will you apply it to your time as Miss Universe?”

Her winning answer was: “I work a lot in the slums of Tondo, Manila, and the life there is very… it’s poor, and it’s very sad. And I’ve always taught myself to look for the beauty in it; to look in the beauty in the faces of the children, and to be grateful. And I would bring this aspect as a Miss Universe to see situations with a silver lining, and to assess where I could give something, where I could provide something as a spokesperson. And this, I think if I could also teach people to be grateful, we could have an amazing world where negativity could not grow and foster, and children will have a smile on their faces.”

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