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Meet the Beauty Queen Mentor behind Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray's success in these 10 photos

Isabelle Francez Raymundo January 04, 2019 10:40 AM
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As we rally behind Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, we can’t forget about the people that helped her prepare for this journey of a lifetime.


Every year a candidate of ours will vie for the title of Miss Universe, but not everyone would go all the way to claim the crown. Still, their work does not end there. Some continue their personal advocacies or dive into the world of show business. And then there are those who become a mentor of sorts to the future beauty queens. This is exactly what Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2016 Nicole Cordoves has become to Catriona. Although, Nicole does not like the term “mentor.”


“We’re really just friends,” she stated on Magandang Buhay. The It’s Showtime Miss Q & A hurado described their friendship as “soul sisters.” They often talk a lot about current events and issues. The best part is that they share the same heart, goals and vocations in life.


There is one instance that proves how genuinely kind Catriona’s heart is. The two of them hosted an event for 2018 World Aids Day. Backstage, they were offered talent fees. Instead, Catriona turned down the money and suggested that it be donated to charities. “Nobody knows that, and integrity is what you do when no one’s looking. And she has integrity in the heart,” she praised.


Nicole also revealed that one way she helped Catriona is by giving advice. “Always tell a story,” is her number one reminder. Recounting conversations with the kids from Tondo is much better than talking about her resume. In a way, Nicole acted like a hurado which is why she was confident that Catriona would dominate the pageant, “Siya lang talaga nakabuo ng sagot.”


WATCH ON MB: Nicole, ayaw na tawagin siyang mentor ni Catriona

 

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