Satins and Sashes: The new "Miss World Philippines" Catriona Gray (Center and Top Photos) and some of my favorite gowns--Miss World Philippines 2016
Last night was the Finals of "Miss World Philippines 2016" held in the Manila Hotel, Manila Philippines. This was the 6th edition of the beauty pageant and the winner was Filipina-Australian 5' 10"(1.78 M) tall Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray. The 22 year-old Catriona was born in Australia to an Australian father and Filipina mother and has a Master Certificate in Music Theory from the Berklee College of Music in Boston...
Crowned: "Miss World Philippines 2016" Catriona Gray
She is a well known TV host, top model and singer. The gorgeous Catriona was a favorite to win the "Miss World Philippines" title and in fact, besides getting the top crown, she also bagged several special awards including Best in Swimsuit, Best in Long Gown and the Fashion Runway Award.
Catriona Gray "Miss World Philippines"
Photo courtesy of OPMB Worldwide Facebook
The new "Miss World Philippines" Catriona Gray will now prepare to go represent her nation in the "Miss World 2016" Finals, to be held in Washington D.C. on December 18th and compete with almost 100 other contestants from all over the world. She may have just won last night but already, pageant watchers are seeing her as a strong contender for that coveted international beauty pageant crown.
Best in Swimsuit, Runway, Model: Catriona Gray "Miss World Philippines 2016"
Top photo courtesy of OPMB Worldwide Facebook
Here are my Top Fave Picks for Gowns of the "Miss World Philippines 2016" pageant plus some Not-So Favorites. I'll start with the eventual winner, "No. 13" Catriona Gray:
Catriona Gray: Catriona--the eventual winner--wore a wine colored taffeta and tulle gown for the evening Gown competition. The gown featured an off-the-shoulder design with peplum accents and a tulle and sequined applique overskirt. It was nice and regal-like but I wished it was just a bit more Runway Fab and sexy. I do get that it is all about creating that "Miss World image" and therefore, trying to make her look more Sweet as opposed to Paris Fashion Week Runway, but I felt the gown was slightly Mumsy...for Catriona. It also really annoyed me when I saw those nude colored platform heels poking through from underneath. WHY THOSE and that color??? #ShoeFail...But she did win "Best in Long Gown" (shows you how much I know!) and I give her points of how she worked it on stage!
No. 12 Arah Alvero Salientes: I loved this emerald green taffeta gown worn by contestant No. 12 Arah Salientes. The gown was very dramatic and I especially appreciated the asymmetric, off-the-shoulder neckline and super fab pleating and draping. Quite fabulous indeed!
And my last "Uh Oh" Gown of the night...
Bouquets and Crowns: Catriona Gray "Miss World Philippinees 2016" and her court
Big Congratulations to the new "Miss World Philippines" and Best of Luck at the upcoming "Miss World 2016" pageant in Washington D.C. !!!