Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, was inadvertently crowned Miss Universe during Sunday night’s pageant when host Steve Harvey made an embarrassing gaffe. The real winner was Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach. Within minutes, Miss Colombia was stripped of the crown she believed she won, and it was awarded to its rightful owner instead.
After a few days of silence, Miss Colombia addressed the Miss Universe Pageant debacle via an Instagram post.
“After the storm comes the calm. I want to thank each and everyone of you who have sent messages of support and strength. Every one of you has become an incredible human being in my book and I am the most fortunate and thankful for having the support not only from one country but from the whole entire world. Your destiny is written for you. And my destiny was this. I was able to bring happiness to my country after becoming Miss Universe for only a couple of minutes… Today because of that COLOMBIA and the LATIN COMMUNITY are being talked about in every corner of the world. I also want to congratulate the Philippines for their new Miss Universe ??. The happiness that you must be feeling must be incredible. Life continues and in the future we will find out why things happen the way they happen. Thank you all for your LOVE SUPPORT and KINDNESS,” she captioned a photo of herself.
Miss Colombia also shared a photo of herself wearing the Miss Universe crown.
“POR SIEMPRE TU MISS UNIVERSO!! COLOMBIA !!!!!!!” she captioned it. That translates into “Forever your Miss Universe! Colombia!”
Miss Colombia has been gracious in the days since Miss Philippines was crowned Miss Universe. Steve Harvey has apologized profusely.
I'd like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia & Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible.
— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) December 21, 2015
Fortunately for all involved, it’s unlikely this kind of mistake will be made during a pageant again.