• Moms Name Their Babies After Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray!

    We still can't get enough of Catriona Gray's Miss Universe 2018 win!
    by Rachel Perez .
Moms Name Their Babies After Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray!
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    Moms name their babies after Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray!

    Babies are sometimes named after characters and real-life individuals—and yes, even beauty pageant winners. Back in 1994, a lot of babies were named after Miss Universe winner Sushmita Sen.

    This year, as Catriona Gray brings back the Miss Universe crown home, her name will be immortalized by moms naming their babies after her. We know of three, and we expect many others to follow suit.

    Mommy Alfa's mind was set in stone, even before her baby's birth last December 16. She's naming her baby after Miss Universe 2018. "Manalo man siya o matalo, Catriona pa rin ang pangalan ng anak ko," mommy Alfa, from Ward 4 at Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, in Manila, told GMA News.

    Nine days before Catriona's Miss Universe win, Mary Christine Joy Lizardo-Keh gave her first daughter the name Mikaila Catriona. The minute the winner was announced, she said she felt like her daughter won the crown, too! The new mom now has a beautiful story to tell her daughter about her name.

    Jennifer Loira had two names in consideration when she gave birth four months ago. She was choosing between two Miss Universe winners: "Pia" after Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurztbach and "Catriona," now the reigning Miss Universe. She might have predicted this year's pageant winner when she decided to name her daughter Catriona Kate.

    Scarlet Snow and Zia Dantes show off their own beauty queen walks!

    Even before Catriona Gray's epic Miss Universe 2018 win, these adorable toddlers have already been trying to emulate her poise and presence by doing their own versions of the beauty queen's "Lava Walk," with the iconic slow-mo twirl and fierce pose.

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    She may be dressed like a Victoria Secret Angel, but her beauty queen walk is on point. This was according to a handful of Instagram fan sites of Zia Dantes which posted a video of her own take on Catriona's signature walk. One even edited Zia's video to add a voice from the pageant announcing "Philippines". The video was taken during the Christmas party Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes hosted for their fans and followers.

    Scarlet Snow Belo also did her own "lava walk" at the end of her mom Dr. Vicki Belo's congratulatory message to Catriona. Scarlet was dressed in a bright yellow dress as she walked and posed with confidence in their home garden. She also got the fierce look down pat!

    Did you know Catriona won Eat Bulaga's Little Miss Philippines, too?

    Many beauty queens started young, and Catriona was no exception. Eat Bulaga host Joey de Leon posted a throwback photo of our the newly crowned Miss Universe 2018 which shows a young Catriona joining the Philippines' longest-running variety show's beauty pageant for little girls. She was hailed as Little Miss Philippines 1999, in Sydney, Australia, at a young age of five.

    "Relived a few childhood memories today going through some old photos! Always being a goofball and posing for pictures even then!," Catriona wrote as a caption for a throwback photo she posted on Instagram in 2016 when she was about to compete for the Miss World Philippines pageant that year.

    She won that pageant locally, but then she lost at the international level. This year, however, 19 years after she won the very first pageant she ever joined, she was crowned Miss Universe. Congratulations!

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