Not only that, Hit Radio’s website published a story that features Gray with the headline: “Australian Girl Won Miss Universe But She Wasn’t Miss Australia.” Facebook page PGAG also shared a screenshot of the news and captioned it, “Some Australians want a piece of the Ms. Universe win, too? What do you think? To be fair, Catriona Gray grew up in Australia.”
Some Australian publications want a piece of the Ms. Universe win? What do you think?To be fair, Catriona Gray grew up in Australia.#MissUniverse #MissPhilippines
Since this news has been making the rounds on social media, Filipino supporters share their opinions about the matter.
Twitter user @ilda_talk mentions that Australians are crying foul.
Some Australians are crying foul. Perhaps because she is originally from Australia and looks more Caucasian than Asian. pic.twitter.com/lkfcW7nN1G
— ilda (@ilda_talk) December 18, 2018
And even if Gray is of a mixed-race, she proudly represented the Philippines. From her evening gown and national costume down to her signature walk—everything is Filipino.
Hahaha i feel bitterness for that headline/title..Miss Australia was also bi-racial but she didn’t win. Catriona however brought with her all about the Philippines (talent, creativity), the lava walk, gown, her determination.. all about her in that pageant was Filipino.
— Nerissa Buenaflor (@LadyShannel) December 18, 2018
Though it might be too late for the Aussies to take pride in Gray’s victory, in our eyes, she’s Miss Philippines, not Miss Australia.
Too late for Australia to claim her, it is already written in four corners of the world, rather the universe, that shec is MISS PHILIPPINES. #spellbitter.
— miguel (@MAIQUEZ68) December 18, 2018
While the Internet is fighting over Catriona’s heritage, some Australians choose to express their support instead of joining in the dispute.
Miss Catriona Gray is not only raising the flag of the Philippines 🇵🇭 but also the flag of Australia 🇦🇺 Very Proud of you Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray! You deserve the Crown of the Universe 👸🏻💐 BRAVO
— koala_bear🐨_01 (@fan_loving) December 17, 2018
You didn’t conquer the world but meant to conquer the universe!!! Best wishes on your reign and make us proud as always! With love and support from Sydney, Australia!
Thanks Miss Universe for always being fair!
— nyarky (@nyarkynz) December 17, 2018
Despite Gray’s looks and upbringing, she chose to represent the Philippines. In one of her media interviews, she vowed, “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.”
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