Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday night when host Steve Harvey inadvertently read her name instead of that of the actual pageant winner. Shortly thereafter he returned to the pageant stage to retract his statement. Last year's Miss Universe then removed the crown from Miss Colombia's head and placed it on that of Miss Philippines, the new Miss Universe.
YIKES! There was a huge mistake at the end of last night's Miss Universe pageant --> https://t.co/igcq533NNk
— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) December 21, 2015
Much social media chatter has emerged from Steve Harvey's gaffe. People in Colombia consider him a hated man.
It seems, however, Miss Colombia just might get that beauty pageant crown after all. The New York Post reports that officials from 2016 Las Vegas Model Search International offered Ariadna Gutierrez the opportunity to compete in their pageant, and even waived all registration requirements. That pageant takes place in June and features a $50,000 prize.
“When I saw the mix-up with the wrong winner crowned, my heart went out to both Miss Colombia as well as Miss Philippines,” James Gibson, the CEO of Las Vegas Model Search said.
“My hope is that somehow something positive comes out of this mind-boggling blunder,” he added.
Gibson said watching Sunday’s broadcast of the Miss Universe pageant was “one of the worst moments on live TV I’ve ever seen.”
— New York Post (@nypost) December 21, 2015
It's uncertain whether Miss Colombia will accept the offer to compete in this new pageant or not. She is taking some down time in Miami, spending the holidays there with her family.
Do you think Miss Colombia will compete in a pageant so soon after her exceedingly uncomfortable few minutes on the Miss Universe Pageant stage?