Saturday, May 4, 2019

Repost: Tyra Banks Interviews Miss Universe Catriona Gray

Image courtesy of www.vmagazine.com


Catriona Gray lava-walked her way from Twitter fame to a Miss Universe crown. Here, the Filipina queen and top model mentor Tyra Banks continue the thread in V119.

Tyra Banks Hi Catriona—can you hear me?

Catriona Gray Good morning from Indonesia, Tyra!

TB Wait, how do you say “good morning” [in Indonesian]? Don’t tell me. Selamat pagi! That’s it. Well, good afternoon from California. I’m still recovering from your “Lava Walk” at the Miss Universe pageant. I just kept watching and rewatching, like, What’s her secret? I was totally fangirling! Where were you when you saw that I had tweeted at you?

CG Oh my gosh, Tyra... I was sitting at dinner with all the girls. We were tired, quietly eating after rehearsal, when I got all these notifications from what you’d tweeted. I turned to my two friends, Sweden and Denmark, and started freaking out, like, Oh my gosh, Tyra Banks just tweeted about my walk!

TB It’s funny, I actually thought you’d already won. And then I saw the headlines, like, “Tyra is rooting for Catriona!” I was like, oh I hope I wasn’t showing favoritism or something. [But] a friend of mine, [YouTube personality] Patrick Starrr, [is also Filipino]. Have you met him yet? You guys are both amazing.

CG I follow his videos! I haven’t met him yet, but there was such support for my Miss Universe journey from all the Filipino celebrities. It’s something Filipinos often do: support our Filipino representatives, when we have them. And I freaked out when you tweeted me! You writing “Pinoy Power” was a proud moment for me and all Filipinos.

TB Well your walk, and how you arched your back, was amazing. But I heard you have a medical condition [having to do] with your back, right?

CG Yeah, I have scoliosis. It hasn’t really hindered me at all, except after long day in heels when I do particularly feel it in my posture muscles.

TB I am all about “flawesome,” which means your flaws are awesome. How did you start in pageants?

CG We love pageantry in the Philippines, but growing up my dream was never to be a beauty queen; I entered a pageant at 21 to bring awareness to the charity I was working for, and still work for. Even at Miss Universe, I was just grateful to be there. My mindset wasn’t, what if I don’t win; it was an attitude of gratitude.

TB Do you have any beauty secrets? Back in the day we’d hear about Vaseline on teeth. Any new tricks?

CG I’ve actually seen girls backstage spraying their body with hairspray. Apparently it helps with jiggling.

TB Oh no way! So it’s a like a cellulite stopper? You know what’s so funny... For years, when I did the Victoria Secret runway, I would get these long trains and other models would get jealous, but it was to cover my cellulite! I wish I would have known the hairspray trick; I could’ve shown a little more! 

CB I haven’t tried it, but I saw girls doing it!

TB I love it. Okay, let’s talk about success. With success comes doubters and haters. “You’re dreaming that big? Come down to earth.” With your success now, what do you have to tell those people?

CG I really don’t understand the need to bring people down. It’s such a good feeling to celebrate and lift each other up. I would just tell them to look at their own life and how they treat other people. Maybe their perspective is a negative one, but life is too short.

TB Exactly. I always say that hurt people hurt people. Okay, tell me about your humanitarian work. How did you decide you wanted to give back?

CG I started after I had taken over as breadwinner for my family at the age of 20. It was a big responsibility that I just wasn’t ready for and I felt so much pressure having to provide as a model, which can be very sporadic work. I was down about my situation, and attempting to escape it by turning to charity work. I found a charity, the one I continue to work with, called Young Focus Philippines. It’s based in the Tondo neighborhood of Manila. The place itself is not very beautiful; it’s known as a garbage dump, and many of the families there make a living by scavenging. Most of the houses are made from scavenged materials and children play with things that they find in the trash. I had never experienced poverty first hand, and it impacted me so hard. So, we work giving free schooling to these children. Education is a solution to poverty; it’s something you can give a child that can never be taken away.

Tyra Banks' interview with Catriona Gray originally appears in V119, our Music Issue. V119 is available for preorder now at vmagazine.myshopify.com.

70 comments:

  1. Very scripted talaga sya sumagot minsan ang layo na sa sinasabi nya yung tanong

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    1. Bakit anon 1222 paano ba dapat niya sagutin? Seems like you’re an expert. Sige why don’t you school us

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    2. At anonymous 12:24am
      Di mo lang naintindihan mga responses nya, I bet pati mga tanong di mo din na comprehend. Google translatw mo.na lang girl bwahhaha

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    3. pansin ko din yan hehe yung na interview sya sa Miss Teen USA nasobrahan na medyo OT na sya tapos halata sa mukha nung nag-interview... at ayan na naman tang breadwinner chorva hahaha

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    4. annnndddd that's bad? wala kang kang magandang masabi sa kapwa no? and please don't hide in anonymity. if you have the balls to say that then im pretty sure you have the face to show it

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    5. Malawak lang vocabulary nya ateng. Wag crab mentality. Maganda na eloquent pa.

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    6. Nakakaproud talaga si Cat ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

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    7. And what is wrong with her saying na breadwinner sya? I’m sure hindi lang sya ang gumamit ng drama na yan, if it wasn’t indeed true.

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    8. It’s her advocacy, something she’s passionate about. Obviously she already knows how to answer the same questions regarding her charity lalo na kung paulit ulit na tinatanong sa kanya.

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    9. Totoo naman iisa lagi sagot nya. Bat kayo nagagalit?

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    10. 12:22 Hanooooo? It's called eloquence and smartness. She has the command of the English language that's why whatever it is in her thinking brain it is quickly processed and expressed eloquently. And by the way if you are asked about an experience, a life journey, iiba ibahin mo ba ang sagot mo? Siempre iisa lang talaga.

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    11. Alin sa sagot nya ang scripted? Di mo lng naintindihan baks!!! Magbalik eskwela ka, dali!!!

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    12. Alangan naman na same set of questions, different answers ang ibigay nya every interview, 1:28. Common sense, please.๐Ÿ™„

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    13. Anon 12:22 - I dont think your queen p can handle that eloquently.

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    14. I didn't feel it was scripted. I'm speaking for myself only. Ang witty ni ateng talaga. It might have appeared good because she rehearsed kasi she saw that question coming. Ako din, if lagi ako nalalagay sa limelight, I will think how to answer questions the best way I can. C'mooon.

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    15. Iisa lang daw lagi ang sagot? Girl, ask urself, bakit naman kasi un din ang tanong? Pero kung iba ang tanong at ganun pa rin sagot nya, ay dun tau may problema. Wag po taung tanga. Hindi mo gusto ung tao, fine. Pero ung ipush mo yang thought mo na walang alam sumagot sa mga tanong si Catriona, girl may malaking inggit na tumubo sa pagkatao mo. Assess urself. Baka nasobrahan ka na ng hate sa katawan.

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    16. Catriona is just conversant with people. End of story.

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    17. Isa ka sa mga taong hindi marunong mag appreciate ng lil things sa buhay... Puro kanegahan ang buhay.. Madali kang mag complain.

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    18. 1.28 eh kasi ang kulit ng lahi mo. Alangan naman na ibahin niya sagot niya eh di sasabihin mo na namang inconsistent yong tao? Hayst! Mga haters talaga oh, hindi maitago ang inggit sa katawan.

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    19. So true. I’m sure they sent her the questions ahead of time. They are very shallow questions anyway.

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    20. Pareho lang din naman kasi halos ang tanong ni Ateng Tyra sa mga previous interview nya, so malamang same lang din isasagot!

      Never ka siguro nag undergo ng job interview sa tanang buhay mo. Mga bagay na ganyan pinaghahandaan at may ready answer na lagi especially sa case nya, kaliwa't-kanan ang interview. Iibahin nalang ang phrasing and sentence structure pero ang thought and idea walang masama kung pareho lang din

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    21. 12:22 at least hindi sya ka jologan kung sumagot.Mas nakakahiya kung walang sense sumagot yung Miss U.

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  2. Best Miss Universe ever. From Vogue to V Magazine!

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  3. TB: *ended the call

    Di na nakasalita. Joke. Go, CG, go!

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  4. Kulang sa charisma at sincerity unlike Pia kaya hindi pansin ng mga pinoy.

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    1. 1:10 anong demographics ng Pinoy and di pumansin sa kanya. Please elaborate. Samahan mo ng statistics, survey and all relevant data. Please. Crab mentality at its worst.

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    2. Are you fer real???

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    3. Between P and C,mas May substance naman si C noh! Thank you Sa Host kaya naging sikat Lang si P.

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    4. True parang lagi gusto mag pa impress. I like her before pero ngayon parang nasa Q and A parin sya ng Miss U.

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    5. I think she has more depth in her answers than Pia, though.

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    6. Lol. Sa totoo lang, I find her more likeable than Pia. Tsaka mas magaling sya sa interviews unlike ke Pia na kinakabahan ako kung ano ang isasagot, nagsa-struggle sya.

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    7. mas eloquent si Cat, smart pa

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    8. Agree. No doubt matalino at polished si Cat pero may kakaibang charm yung vulnerability at Pinoy accent ni Pia.

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    9. Maayos din naman sumaglt si Pia. And she’s charming.

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    10. Matalino sumagot si Cat, may substance.

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  5. I love her she's so intelligent! And gorgeous to boot!

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  6. Cat is a real charmer!!!

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  7. Isn’t being Miss Universe beauty with a purpose? She is supposed to be traveling and promoting her advocacy almost half way na ang reign nya pero 3 countries pa lang napupuntahan nya karamihan dun commercial shoot for her own benefit. Gone are the days na talagang mga pageant winners travel to different countries to promote their advocacy. Puro aura na lang sa Tv, fashion show at magazine ngayon. I don’t blame people who think pageant is a joke now a days.

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    1. 2:54 naniwala naman kayo sa Miss U front lang nila yung advocacy chuchu na yan dahil yung winners nila mas focus sa photoshoots and rampa. Mabuti pa Miss World kahit medyo boring ang show but then yung winners nila focus sa pagtulong sa charities di lang puro aura2x ang alam.

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    2. Di ka naman 24/7 kasama ni Cat, so how would you know? If part ng work niya as Miss Universe yung photoshoots, eh anong magagawa natin? Ikaw, aside sa hanapan ng flaws ang ibang tao, ano maganda ang nagawa mo para makatulong ng malaki sa kapwa? Lol

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    3. I think gusto lang naman din niya sumikat. Kita naman before she won na puro aura ang talagang bread and butter niya.

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    4. Iba na kc ang humahawak sa miss universe kaya hindi na gaya dati

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    5. Teh apply ka sa Miss Universe Organization para ikaw gumawa ng itinerary nya

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    6. 10:58 i agree with you iba pa rin talaga during trump era mas maraming travels ang Miss U winner unlike now with IMG. Madami kasing pera si trump unlike now na parang asa na lang sa kng may magsponsor sa MU winner para magtravel sa ibang country.

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    7. Baligtad kaya Trump was was more glitz and glamour. Sobra kaya niya ipinahiya si Alicia Machado noon.

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  8. Excuse me? i think Cathriona is waaaaaaaaaaaaay eloquent and have a lot of sense than Pia.

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    1. No need to compare. Pareho silang maganda. Maayos din sumagot si Pia.

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    2. Pansin ko rin yan.Mas may sense mga sagot nya mas pa showbiz lang sumagot si pia pag sa Pilipinas.Pero abroad, si Catriona talaga.

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  9. Walang budget ang Miss Univ hhaahaha buti pa ms.world mas madami nagagawa

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  10. Waley si Catriona. Puro Lava walk at aura na lang ang na achieve e halos kalahati na ng reign niya. Asan ang advocacies? Nagpapakitang gilas na sa Hollywood after manalo.

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    1. Asus, pa-righteous nanaman kung mka.demand ng advocacies work. Tignan mo yung kakarampot na likes at comments ng mga beauty queens on their posts about their advocacies. Pero kung selfie ang i.post ng isang beauty queen, doble at ariba sa comments ang mga tao. Give me a break!

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    2. Pinagsasasabi mong nagpapakitang gilas sa hollywood after manalo?

      Natural sundin nya ang sked nung miss universe org para sa kanya.

      Hawak cya ng MUO buong reign nya.mema ka jan...

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  11. Sa true lang ako pero dito lang mabenta ang kuda ni Catriona. Sa USA pabibo ang dating niya. Matalak masyado. Nakakapagod pakinggan kitang kita sa mga reaction ng mga tao dun na sumasakay lang sila sa Mala essay niya ng mga banat.

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    1. 5.45 you don't know what you are talking about. In international stage dapat bibo ka talaga, hindi pwede dito ang hiya-hiya. Yong style ni Cat gustong-gusto yan ng mga locals dito kaya huwag kang magsalita ng mga bagay na hindi mo alam.

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    2. Huh? Dito nga sa US ang bawal mahiyain. Even in workplace they encourage people to speak their mind.

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    3. Si Cat may sense sumagot hindi pahiya at nganga sa mga interview sa US.Mahirap yung shunga ang Miss U.

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  12. Andami niong mga hanash magsitahimik kayo Kung Wala kayong masabing maganda. Mga baklang twooo kala mo kegaganda at ketatalino

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  13. Breadwinner??
    Entered the pageant to promote her charity??
    I love you acheng pero really??

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    1. She said she never experienced poverty but was the breadwinner at age 20 haha inconsistent.

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    2. Kapag breadwinner ba dapat mahirap ka din? Natural breadwinner Wala naman ibang aasahan magulang niya kasi nagiisang anak lang siya. I get her kasi same kami ng situation. Ako lang inaasahan ng magulang ko Pero hindi naman kami mahirap.

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    3. Breadwinner does not necessarily mean you are impoverished. Get a life people. Think !

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    4. @532, paki-lawakan ang isip teh, alam mo naging breadwinnder din ako pero hindi ko masasabing naghihirap kami nun kase maganda nman kita ko. Ano gets mo na ba?

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  14. Too many envious trolls online...

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  15. Hahahahaha.....very very shallow.

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    1. Hahahahaha.....and your very very bitter

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  16. Meh, it’s all about nothing nonsense as always.

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  17. Meh, so robotic. Next

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  18. Pak na pak siya nung pageant pero after parang bland. She is definitely smart pero very rehearsed talaga dating ng answers

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  19. Umay na rin siya actually.

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