Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is one of the beauty queens who also happened to be musically talented. Recently, she explained why the song “This is Me” from the 2017 film “The Greatest Showman” means a lot to her.
“This is Me” is performed by Keala Settle. Gray told ABS-CBN News that the message of the song is, “This is everything that I am, this is what I believe in, this is my dream, I’m going to go after it no matter what anyone says.”
“The Greatest Showman” was released by the 20th Century Fox in the United States on December 20, 2017. The film was very popular during the time Gray was considering joining Binibining Pilipinas, the national beauty pageant that chooses the representatives of the Philippines to Miss Universe and other major international beauty pageants.
Gray said “This is Me” has become an anthem for many people and for her, the song was “incredibly poignant” when she was applying for Bb. Pilipinas 2018. It was the second time she was competing in a national beauty pageant in the Philippines.
The first national beauty pageant Gray joined was Miss World Philippines 2016. She won the title and went on to finish in the Top 5 in Miss World 2016.
After Miss World 2016, Gray was scared to join a beauty pageant again. She implied that at one point, she was unsure whether or not she was doing the right thing and if it was the right time for her to compete again.
Before being crowned Miss Universe 2018, Gray released her debut single “We’re in This Together.” The song encapsulates her work with Young Focus, a nonprofit that provides education to underprivileged children and young people from Smokey Mountain in Tondo, Manila, Philippines.
Born and raised in Australia to a Scottish immigrant father and a Filipino mother, Gray moved to the Philippines when she was a teenager. She is expected to release more music in the future but she has yet to discuss the possibilities of pursuing a career as an actress.
Also hailing from Australia, Hugh Jackman played the lead role in “The Greatest Showman.” Joining him and Settle in the cast were Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Austyn Johnson, Cameron Seely, Sam Humphrey, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eric Anderson, Ellis Rubin and Skylar Dunn.
Several Asian actors are also in the cast of “The Greatest Showman” including Daniel Son, Yusaku Komori, Kenneth Chan, Alex Wong and Natasha Liu Bordizzo. Meanwhile, watch Gray perform several songs including “This is Me” here: