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Philippines contestant Catriona Gray named Miss Universe

Catriona Gray of the Philippines, left, reacts as she is crowned the new Miss Universe 2018 by Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters during the final round of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018.(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
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Catriona Gray of the Philippines, left, was crowned the new Miss Universe 2018.

BANGKOK — Catriona Gray of the Philippines was named winner of the Miss Universe 2018 competition in the Thai capital Bangkok, besting contestants from 93 other countries to claim the prize.

The 24-year-old Gray edged out first runner-up Tamaryn Green of South Africa and third-place Sthefany Gutierrez of Venezuela.

Gray succeeds the 2017 winner, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa.

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The theme of the 67th Miss Universe pageant was ‘‘Empowered Women’’ and was judged by seven women including former pageant winners, businesswomen, and a fashion designer.