Windsor’s Marta Stepien makes Top 10 at Miss Universe pageant

Windsor’s Marta Stepien makes Top 10 at Miss Universe pageant

Gray said during the pageant that working in a Manila slum had taught her to find beauty in hard situations.

This year's event drew positive feedback for themes of inclusivity and an all-women panel of judges made up of business leaders and former Miss Universe titleholders. "I may now carry the sash of Miss Universe, but I'll forever be your Miss Philippines".

'And this I think if I can teach people to be grateful, we can have an incredible world where negativity could not grow and foster and children will have smiles on their faces, ' she said. Catriona Gray, 24, beat out 93 contestants from around the world, but while there was a lot of excitement out on stage, there was a lot of drama going on behind the scenes.

Marison Malaret right of Puerto Nuevo Puerto Rico receives the Miss Universe crown from last year's title holder Gloria Diaz of the Phippines during ceremonies

Miss Australia, Francesca Hung, didn't make the top ten after she and two other contestants were seen in a video allegedly mocking Miss Vietnam for her lack of English.

We have a new "Queen" of the universe.

Ms Gray is vocal about her belief in the importance of education and is a passionate advocate for gender equality, social justice and human rights.

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The comments went viral but Miss Summers later posted an apology on Instagram, saying she did not "intend to hurt" her fellow competitors.

"Lord God, I lift everything up to you - to glorify and honour".

24-year-old Miss South Africa, Tamaryn Green, is from Paarl in the Western Cape, and a final year medical student at the University of Cape Town with her sights set on specializing in paediatrics once she qualifies.

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Since its early days, the Miss Universe pageant has grown increasingly diverse. Angela Ponce is a biological male who represented Spain in this year's competition.

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