Catriona Gray hosting the Miss Universe 2022 pageant was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and she sure did it right.
Without missing a beat, she brought her A-game in the hosting department during the coronation night of Miss Universe 2022 on the night of this past Saturday, January 14, 2023 in Louisiana, United States.
And quite literally in her own way, the 29-year-old model/singer showcased Filipino creativity in couture hosting behind-the-scenes of Miss Universe 2022, just as she did when she competed and won the 2018 edition of the pageant.
Her first look of the evening was a bright yellow asymmetrical gown designed by Julianne Syjuco, which she accessorized with crystal-embellished peep-toe heels and jewelery by JJ Jiao.
Celebrity stylists Myrrh Lao To and Mai Chua put together this outfit for Catriona.
Catriona’s second OOTD was this pastel blue one-shoulder slit dress by Jaggy Glarino which she styled with accessories designed by Manny Halasan.
For this look, her best friend, Justine Aliman, styled her.
In an Instagram post on Monday, January 16, 2023 (PH time), Catriona thanked Paula Shugart and Amy Emmerich, the President and CEO of the Miss Universe Organization, respectively, for making your dream come true.
She wrote, “Achievement unlocked [emoji] It’s always been a dream to be on the @missuniverse host list [emoji]
“Thank you so much @realpaulashugart @amyemmerich for the trust!”
Catriona also thanked her stylists: “Also a big thank you to my styling team who worked magic for me at the last minute and found a way to prevent me from not getting tested (I was literally in Manila for a few hours to pack [emoji]) and being in the middle of the holiday season!
“Thank you! And to mom @justine.aliman19 for stepping out of her usual role to be my everything on this journey! [emoji] Love you!”
That was the first time Catriona served as a backstage host for the pageant’s main event.
The reigning Miss Universe champions usually host the preliminary competition, which Catriona did in 2019 before crowning South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi in Georgia, USA.