Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green came close to being crowned Miss Universe after finishing in the top three but ending runner-up, losing out on the title to Miss Philipines Catriona Gray.

The event was held on Sunday evening in Bangkok, Thailand.

The 24-year-old, from Paarl in the Western Cape, represented the country against contestants from 93 other countries.

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Little girl,💗 You might not understand this now because the most important thing for you is to play in the sun with your sister and brother but what a story you’ll have to share. Before you were born there was a special promise placed on your life, something bigger than you ever would have imagined and it will be great….but the journey will not be easy. You’ll go through some tough times and you’ll fail countless times more, but you’ll always get up because your faith is stronger and your belief in yourself will one day be just as strong! Every victory and also failure will help you discover the woman you were always meant to be. A woman of substance and grace with a fire inside that cannot and will not be contained. You’ll go on a journey to a far away land and you’ll meet incredible people and love every moment, but you’ll also learn so much about yourself and how valuable your voice will be in this world. On the 17th of December 2018 you’ll proudly say your name in front of millions with the utmost pride as you represent the country that raised you on that stage! How wonderful! No matter what happens, always take pride in the woman that you’ve become, the voice that you’re putting out into the world and that kindness is the world’s most valuable currency.Love those who raised you and shaped you and always give thanks to the Lord for this blessed life! Remember always, that you are fearfully and wonderfully made! All my Love,💗 #missuniverse #southafrica #tellyourstory

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She made the top three where she was up against Miss Philippines and Miss Venezuela. 

Gray is the fourth Filipina to be named Miss Universe.

Former Miss Universe, South African Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was on hand to crown her successor. 

The ceremony also featured the first transgender woman, Spain’s Angela Ponce to compete in the miss universe pageant.

– African News Agency (ANA)