Footage of Miss Universe 2018’s parents reacting to their daughter’s victory has gone viral on Twitter.
Catriona Gray, of the Philippines, was named Miss Universe 2018 in Bangkok, beating contestants from 93 other countries.
When the big announcement was made, an American audience member named Michael Strahan who lives in Cambodia caught the reaction of Gray’s parents on film.
Gray’s father is Australian and her mother is Filipina – she was born and grew up in Cairns, Australia, and studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston in the United States.
The video has been viewed more than 750,000 times and received more than 100,000 likes on Twitter, with hundreds leaving comments as well.
Catriona was there to win the title!
And she truly deserves it. #MissUniverse2018
— C💋RS (@tweetkoisipko) December 17, 2018
I never cried about her winning until I saw this. Every parent will be so proud with a daughter who have such a great talent and sincere heart. ❤
— when moon rise it's your time (@iwrotetothemoon) December 17, 2018
You had the best seat in there…right next to the ones we should be thankful for our Miss Universe. ❤
— Esse Enchero (@imessebelle) December 17, 2018
What a heartfelt moment ❤️ Thanks for capturing this! 🇵🇭
— sarah jacoba-sanoy (@rankudo4797) December 17, 2018
Awww, her parents kissed. 💏👪
— wretched and unworthy (@gf_on_d_loose) December 17, 2018
— Anne V (@Ara_Maris) December 17, 2018
The office of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte was quick to congratulate Ms. Gray, the fourth Filipina to be named Miss Universe.
“Ms. Gray truly made the entire Philippines proud when she sashayed on the global stage and showcased the genuine qualities defining a Filipina beauty: confidence, grace, intelligence and strength in the face of tough challenges,” Duterte’s statement read. “In her success, Miss Philippines has shown to the world that women in our country have the ability to turn dreams into reality through passion, diligence, determination and hard work.”
Congratulations to Ms. Gray, and her adorable parents, on her life-changing achievement!