OMG! Catriona Gray Encountered A LOT Of Problems During The Miss Universe Competition

She cried while practicing that slow-mo turn!
PHOTO: Miss Universe/Ralph Smith

ICYMI, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is coming home to the Philippines today! While we're all waiting for her ~royal~ arrival, let's talk about a very important detail that most of us don't know about: Cat actually has scoliosis. 

Scoliosis is a medical condition where a person's spine has a sideways curve instead of being straight. 

During Monday's episode of Tonight With Boy Abunda, Cat's friend and fellow beauty queen Nicole Cordoves talked about her iconic slow-mo turn: "Prinactice po niyo 'yan with Kuya Carlos 'Kuya Caloy' Buendia Jr. at may scoliosis siya, Tito Boy. So yung first few practices nila talagang umiiyak siya. Kasi yung posture pa lang na you're going to pull yourself like this para straight na straight yung body mo and you get the curves, ang hirap para sa kanya."

What we also don't know is that a lot of other things came up that made the competition challenging for Cat, not to mention the technical problem she experienced with her national costume. 

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"Everything that could go wrong went wrong," Nicole said. "Nung sa swimsuit [segment], si Venezuela nangain ng air time. Makikita niyo sa likod si Catriona nagbabagal para magawa niya sa camera yung slow-mo twirl niya so medyo nag-off yung timing, yung camera panning."

That's not all! *gasps* Something else happened during the long gown competition. According to Nicole, "Sa long gown [segment], nag-twirl siya, sumabit yung hair niya kasi one-sided lang dapat 'yon e. And then tina-try niyang hawiin yung hair niya pabalik. And knowing Catriona, perfectionist siya, 'di ba? But she was unfazed and I'm so thankful for that."

Despite all that, Cat GOT THAT CROWN. We love you, queen!  

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