Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Gray has just arrived in Indonesia for the annual Puteri Indonesia set to be held on March 8, 2019.
Catriona Gray will grace the event to crown the new Puteri Indonesia 2019, the representative of the country at the Miss Universe pageant this year. She was welcomed by her roommate, Miss Universe Indonesia 2018 Sonia Fergina. Among the big personalities present in the event are Miss International 2018 Mariem Velasco from Venezuela and Miss Supranational 2018 Valeria Vasquez from Puerto Rico.
Miss Universe winners’ presence in the biggest pageant in Indonesia is a tradition as they are asked to crown the winners and wear Kebaya, a dress worn by Indonesian women in formal events. In 2016, then Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach was not able to grace the event because of a prior commitment and schedules did not fit for her. Edymar Martinez, Miss International 2015 was instead invited to fill in their tradition.
The 2019 edition of the pageant, Wurtzbach was invited by the organization to become the honorary judge of Puteri Indonesia 2019. She was unable to accomodate it because of miscommunication, as her schedule, for the second time around, did not fit. The beauty pageant fans were outrageous as they were actually waiting for the presence of Wurtzbach in the country.