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Miss Universe winner is Catriona Gray, 24, from the Philippines

Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, South Africa, right, crowns new Miss Universe Catriona Gray, Philippines, during the final of the 67th Miss Universe Competition in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (Associated Press) Was it "lava walk" that helped the Philippines crown Catriona Gray as the new Miss Universe? Just one day before Sunday's last race in Bangkok, Thailand Gray won praise from Tyra Banks, who described a video of Grays landing run during a preliminary contest like "Pinoy Power to the Max !!!" On Sunday, Gray consisted of 24 contestants from 93 other countries to capture the universe crown. The first runner-up was Tamaryn Green in South Africa and third place painter was Sthefany Gutierrez in Venezuela. Top 3 finalists from the left, Miss Venezuela Sthefany Gutierrez, Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green, Miss Philippines Catriona Gray. (Associated Press) Gray listens last year's winner, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in South Africa. The theme of the 67s Miss Universe concert was "Empowered Women" and was sentenced by seven women, including former winners, businesswomen and a fashion designer. Emcee for Sunday evening festivities was comedian and game show host Steve Harvey. According to the website PhilStar Global, the evening contained a moment of humor when contestant Miss Costa Rica referred to an unknown Harvey faux passport from 2015 Miss Miss Universe – when he announced the wrong competition to have won this year's title. Miss Canada Marta Stepien Hosted Steve Harvey greets her at the final of the 67th Miss Universe Competition in Bangkok,…

Was it “lava walk” that helped the Philippines crown Catriona Gray as the new Miss Universe?

Just one day before Sunday’s last race in Bangkok, Thailand Gray won praise from Tyra Banks, who described a video of Grays landing run during a preliminary contest like “Pinoy Power to the Max !!!”

On Sunday, Gray consisted of 24 contestants from 93 other countries to capture the universe crown.

The first runner-up was Tamaryn Green in South Africa and third place painter was Sthefany Gutierrez in Venezuela.

Top 3 finalists from the left, Miss Venezuela Sthefany Gutierrez, Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green, Miss Philippines Catriona Gray. (Associated Press)

Gray listens last year’s winner, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in South Africa.

The theme of the 67s Miss Universe concert was “Empowered Women” and was sentenced by seven women, including former winners, businesswomen and a fashion designer.

Emcee for Sunday evening festivities was comedian and game show host Steve Harvey.

According to the website PhilStar Global, the evening contained a moment of humor when contestant Miss Costa Rica referred to an unknown Harvey faux passport from 2015 Miss Miss Universe – when he announced the wrong competition to have won this year’s title.

Miss Canada Marta Stepien Hosted Steve Harvey greets her at the final of the 67th Miss Universe Competition in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, December 17, 2018. (As Social Press)

On Sunday, Harvey Miss Costa Rica asked herself – a television host like Harvey – if she had any professional advice for him.

She replied, “If they ever give you, like a real, really, really important envelope, try to read carefully, okay?”

After the audience laughed, Harvey directed a remark on the audience.

“You all thought it was fun,” he said. “You just will not let it go.”

Associated Press contributed to this story.

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