When Catriona Gray won the Miss Universe 2018 pageant, she did so in a beautiful sparkling red dress. While we can all agree the gown looked absolutely stunning on her, it had a special purpose beyond that.
Gray, A.K.A. Miss Philippines, took the stage with a powerful walk and a twirl. The red dress looked like flowing lava, which was the point. It was a tribute to the Mayon Volcano, on the Luzon island in the Philippines.
It makes a lot of sense!
@TIME Whoa didn’t know about that— Paul (@Paul)1545146766.0
Miss Philippines gown is a representation of Mt. Mayon. A well known active volacano in her hometown Albay Bicol. W… https://t.co/xmOA1aDpzo— S I M O N E (@S I M O N E)1545020601.0
@TIME I do agree that it looks like what its modelled after, but it sure is revealing! Catriona is sure wonderful.— Ed-ge Sazon (@Ed-ge Sazon)1545118571.0
Gray said her gown was inspired by the Mayon Volcano in the Philippines, which was last active in January. #Her… https://t.co/tC8TUcwhyy— Savuth Naw (@Savuth Naw)1545170870.0
Red is the color of fire and Miss Philippines, in Catriona, truly torched that q&a, burned her competitors and will… https://t.co/2QVgoEA5R9— υɳιƈσɾɳȥ (@υɳιƈσɾɳȥ)1545014752.0
The dress was designed by Mak Tumang, who shared on Facebook more information about the dress.
"The prominent and iconic Mayon Volcano is the penultimate inspiration for this creation. It is dubbed as the 'perfect cone' because of its symmetric conical form. Folk tales have it that it was named after the mythological heroine 'Daragang Magayon' (Beautiful Lady)."
Mayon is also a very active volcano, having erupted several times since the 1980s alone, including January of this year. This activity is what inspired the lava look.
The lava definitely made an impression.
Catriona definitely nailed it! Wow, the red long gown, the fierce and gorgeous looks, very stunning, indeed! Way to… https://t.co/HyjMfGDGca— Aroha ISSA DG (@Aroha ISSA DG)1545013344.0
Miss Philippines' red dress stands out. AMAZING.— bryanboy (@bryanboy)1545013528.0
Miss Philippines being the only one in that beautiful red dress, CROWN HER ALREADY— little spoon (@little spoon)1545015644.0
To Gray, this dress holds a completely separate significance.
"When I was 13, my mom said she had a dream that I would win Miss Universe in a red dress."
And win she did against contestants from 93 other countries. Pageants are a popular contest in the Philippines. Celebrations from Gray's countrymen were joyous, particularly in Oas town where Gray's mother is from.
The lady in red was very inspirational.
I wore red lips today in honor of newly crowned Miss Universe Catronia Gray (Miss Philippines) who rocked a red dre… https://t.co/uYpP4ZzYk4— LastingKissesByKat (@LastingKissesByKat)1545096456.0
Miss Philippines wearing red while the others are wearing shades of silver reminds me of MMA Jisoo wearing red whil… https://t.co/dbRHjGCuu4— Kushii☘️ (@Kushii☘️)1545020306.0
Miss Philippines is standing out in her red gown!!! 😍❤🇵🇭— Marleah Jean (@Marleah Jean)1545013684.0
Upon arrival back home in the Philippines, Gray expressed her excitement at getting to her charity work, and spending Christmas with her family.
"Open up your heart to your neighbors, to a cause, to a charity near you, because Christmas should be enjoyed by all no matter where you are, no matter where you're from, what you have. It really is a time for family and forgiving."