It seems like Catriona Gray’s Miss Universe journey had been years in the making, as she reveals in the post-pageant press conference that her mom had dreamt of the moment of her win.

“When I was 13 years old, my mother told me that ‘I had a dream that you were in Miss Universe and you won in a red dress,’” she shared. “When I saw her earlier she said, ‘I dreamed this!’ And she had tears in her eyes.”

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She also mentioned the same story in her first Instagram post after her coronation. “At that time I thought nothing of it, and today my mother's dream came true.”

She also mentioned in a separate interview that one of the first things she had wanted to do after the pageant was to hug her parents, who were overjoyed about her bagging the title.

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Catriona was born Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray to Bicolana Normita Ragas Magnayon and Scottish-born Australian Ian Gray. Spending her early years in Queensland, she moved to the Philippines after high school to work as a singer and a model.

Catriona is the fourth Filipina to become Miss Universe.

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