"To anyone who's going through something, kapit lang. We're here for you!" Pia said in the quote. The Miss Universe IG account added the caption, "It’s always good to remind yourself and your friends - we’re here for you! Quote by #MissUniverse 2015 @PiaWurtzbach"
Netizens noticed how Pia left a comment on the post, urging the handler of the Miss Universe IG account to block users leaving hateful comments, to reflect how Miss Universe "celebrates unity in diversity," as well as how it "uplifts, empowers and inspires."
"Hi! Aside from posting pictures, positive messages [and] updates about [Catriona Gray], why not take time to scroll through the comments also and block the ones that are spreading hate on this page," Pia said. "Miss universe celebrates unity in diversity. Miss Universe uplifts, empowers and inspires. I think the IG account (and comments that everyone can see) should reflect that also. Not sure if they're aware but it's become quite toxic here already. That's not what MU is about. No more bullying and spreading hate on this page, please."
Some comments have been criticizing Catriona for her appearance and how she's been keeping busy lately.
In July, Miss Grand Thailand 2019 Coco Suparurk got bashed for calling Catriona "fat." Coco said she'd apologize to Catriona if Catriona messages her. In a report by PEP.ph on August 6, Coco had reportedly filed a cyberbullying complaint against three netizens.
While Catriona has not directly addressed the comment, she did speak up on Twitter about how body shaming is hurtful and should never be tolerated. She also got real about her low moments and encouraged her followers to "keep calm and lava walk."
The Miss Universe IG account's most recent posts feature Catriona Gray attending the Miss South Africa 2019 pageant as a judge.
Catriona and Pia were just in San Francisco to take part in an ABS-CBN event.