Catriona Gray wants beauty pageants to give women 'more opportunities' to speak

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 9) - Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray said beauty pageants should give candidates more opportunities to speak.

"Definitely include more opportunities for the women to speak. Because I feel like, considering that social media is our main platform, but also the job of being a titlist, the job of being a representative is really about representing something and being a voice to someone, a community, a country, a cause," Gray told CNN Philippines' The Final Word.

"So I would welcome more opportunities for women to be in a position where they could speak and really share their opinion and communicate the way that they feel," she added.

Helping underprivileged children fulfill their dreams is Gray's advocacy, which she made known in her Miss Universe opening statement.

After her reign, Gray was named Arts Ambassador by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). She recently hosted the NCCA's web series "Kultura 101," which discussed different aspects of Filipino culture.

"I feel like a lot of the audiences that really look up to beauty queens have put their attention to these representatives to see how are they making ripples of good or doing something in the community. I think it's a great thing for our future country representatives to live up to," said Gray, who is set to return from Australia to host the upcoming Bb. Pilipinas pageant next month.