Catriona Gray has arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana, ahead of the 71st Miss Universe pageant, where she will be one of the backstage commentators.
The Miss Universe 2018 winner has been named a backstage commentator for the forthcoming coronation night, alongside Emmy Award-winning presenter and “Access Hollywood” journalist Zuri Hall. Meanwhile, the pageant will be hosted by Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo and celebrity stylist Jeannie Mai-Jenkins.
Gray shared photos of herself at an airport in New Orleans on her personal Instagram page on Friday, Jan. 13.
“30hours later….Touchdown New Orleans!! [airplane emoji] So excited for the #71stMissUniverse! I gotta catch up on the preliminary show! Who were your standouts,” she said in the caption.
Fellow celebrities including Hall, “Rupaul’s Drag Race season 3” finalist Manila Luzon, and Nicaraguan model Adriana Paniagua expressed their excitement over Gray’s arrival.
“See you sooooon,” Hall wrote.
“Welcome to the US,” Manila Luzon said.
Gray was crowned as the Philippines’ fourth Miss Universe titleholder after Gloria Diaz in 1969, Margarita Moran in 1973 and Pia Wurtzbach in 2015. Filipina-Italian beauty queen Celeste Cortesi is competing for the country’s fifth crown on Saturday, Jan. 14 (morning of Jan. 15 in the Philippines).