Catriona Gray, Tamaryn Green and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. Picture: Instagram
Catriona Gray and Tamaryn Green last saw each other in Thailand in 2018 when they vied for the Miss Universe title. 

Now nine months later they have reunited, causing a massive social media frenzy among their fans. 

Current reigning Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green, who came second to Miss Universe Catriona Gray at the 2018 edition of the pageant reunited at a press conference this morning ahead of this year's Miss SA pageant. 

Gray is in South Africa as a Miss SA 2019 judge where she will help decide who Green hands her crown over to on Friday. After the press conference, which was also attended by Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, the beauty queens took to Instagram to express their excitement of finally seeing each other. 

Gray posted a picture of herself alongside Green and Nel-Peters with the caption "Finally". The picture has been liked 118 000 times and counting. 


Gray also posted a video on her Instagram Stories where she said: "So we just finished the press conference. We are reunited! It feels so surreal to be reunited once again with Tam and of course with Demi. It's an amazing trio to be a part of and it's just one more day until Miss South Africa and I am excited to see who will continue the amazing legacy that these two women have left."

Speaking at the conference Green said of her time as Miss South Africa: “It was better than I could ever have imagined. When I took part in Miss Universe, I felt the whole country behind me. 

"I am thrilled to be celebrating this diverse group of talented women on such an important day.  This event gives us a platform to stand up and be heard. People realise we do have opinions and we are taken seriously.”

Both Green and Nel-Peters also took to their social media accounts to express their excitement about the reunion.

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Following the pictures of the beauty queens being posted, fans from around the world expressed their joy at seeing the trio together. 

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Reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray joined Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green and former Miss Universe and Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters at a press conference today ahead of the Miss SA pageant at Sun Arena in Pretoria on Women’s Day tomorrow. Said Green of her time as Miss South Africa: “It was better than I could ever have imagined. When I took part in Miss Universe, I felt the whole country behind me. I am thrilled to be celebrating this diverse group of talented women on such an important day. “This platform gives us a platform to stand up and be heard. People realise we do have opinions and we are taken seriously.” Nel-Peters said she was delighted to be back on home soil and paid tribute to Green: “Tamaryn made the crown year her own. I can’t wait to welcome a new member to the sisterhood tomorrow. As titleholders we work hard to leave a legacy behind.” Gray, who with Nel-Peters, is one the pageant’s judges said she was impressed with the finalists. “They are a diverse group of women but all so passionate and determined to make their mark - even if they don’t win the title. Those of us who are lucky enough to have won titles, are able to shed light on the causes we are passionate about.” Green explained that beauty pageants are still relevant in 2019: “We use it not to wear pretty ballgowns but to add substance. During my reign I was able to talk about my TB campaign - not only in this country - but in Africa, Amsterdam and at the United Nations. It is an opportunity to get your voice heard and to really make an impact with causes that are close to your heart.” #misssa #misssouthafrica #misssa2019 #missuniverse #missuniverso #missuniverse2017 #missuniverse2018 #mu2018 #catrionagray #tamaryngreen #demileighnelpeters #🇿🇦 #proudlysabeauties #proudlysa #filipina #🇵🇭 #beautyqueen #queen #👑 #confidentlybeautiful #gorgeouswomen #beautifulwomen #missuniverse2019 #missworld2019 #misssa2017 #misssa2018

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The Miss Universe Organisation's Instagram page also posted the reunion.

Miss South Africa 2019 takes place on Friday, 9 August at Time Square in Pretoria and will be aired on Mzansi Magic (Dstv channel 161) and M-Net (Dstv channel 101) at 5pm.