Miss Universe Philippines 2021 Beatrice Luigi Gomez opened up on how Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray influenced her pageant career, particularly how Gray served as an inspiration for her to give pageants another chance.
Gomez, who placed second runner-up in Miss Mandaue in 2015, revealed Gray’s Miss Universe crowning moment inspired her to join pageants again. She disclosed this while showing a throwback photo of herself with Gray on her Instagram Story yesterday, Jan. 6.
“Happy birthday Queen! I remember the day you won Miss Universe 2018, I don’t really watch pageants but I watched your performance and I was in tears as people screamed when they announced you as the winner,” Gomez recalled. “I had a random thought of wanting to join pageants again.”
She then recounted enrolling in a workshop in 2019 and submitting her application for Binibining Cebu that same year.
“[By January] of 2020, I was crowned as the winner and you were there. I never really thought I’d be joining a prestigious national pageant such as [Miss Universe Philippines] and eventually represent the country at [Miss Universe] like you did,” she addressed Gray.