Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray joins South Africa’s Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters for the 2019 Miss South Africa pageant. Credits to Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters.

Filipina Miss Universe Catriona Gray is now in South Africa to be one of the judges for Miss South Africa 2019 beauty pageant.

In her social media post on August 5, the reigning Miss Universe expressed her excitement about visiting South Africa for the first time.

“Guess where I’m off to? South Africa!!! So excited to be reunited Miss Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters and Tamaryn Green, and also for my first trip to this part of the world!” the beauty queen posted on Instagram.

The fourth Filipina Miss Universe will join the judging panel along with her predecessor, South Africa’s Miss Universe 2017, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters.

Miss Universe 2018 First Runner-up Tamaryn Green of South Africa also posted an Instagram photo of her and Catriona Gray taken during Miss Universe pageant in Thailand last year saying she is looking forward to showing the Pinay beauty queen the beauty of her country.

Catriona arrived in Pretoria and joined the pageant’s selection committee composed of iconic personalities from Africa such as Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, award-winning actress Connie Ferguson, model, and activist Thando Hopa and television and radio host Anele Mdoda.

On August 7, Filipino-Australian beauty shared that she was impressed with the Miss South Africa 2019 contestants she met in the closed-door preliminaries.

“Having been through the pageant system by competing nationally, earning the right to represent my country at Miss Universe and then going on to win the title, I feel that I have the first-hand experience of what’s required of a candidate to compete on a national and international level, as well as understanding what the role and platform represents.

“I will be looking for authenticity, confidence, and purpose, to find the woman who will continue SA’s amazing success in the Miss Universe pageant,” said Catriona Gray.

Known for her advocacy on positivity and empowerment, and children’s welfare, the 2018 Miss Universe winner also attended the Feathers National LGBTI Campus Dialogue, an event for LGBT rights and equality held at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

“What an amazing discussion I was able to take part in today with @activate_wits. Hearing about personal experiences on and off the campus of the LGBTQIA+ community here in South Africa taught me so much about the complexity of the challenges we’re (and I say we and not exclusively the LGBTQ+ community cause it involves ALL of us) up against and the changes we need to see in our communities.

“Thank you to @thamidishfoundation and @activate_wits for having me at this event and for your contribution to the community,” Gray posted on her social media right after the event.

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