Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach praised Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez in an Instagram post several days after the embarrassing Miss Universe mixup. Wurtzbach described Gutierrez as an “amazing woman” who represented her country “with honor.”
“To Ariadna, you are an amazing woman and we are now bonded together forever by a unique experience,” Wurtzbach wrote.
#Repost @missuniverse ・・・ Wow. Words can't describe how grateful I am for this. It was quite a journey getting here with 3 attempts at winning Miss Philippines. Now, I finally got the best Christmas gift ever – and not just for me, for my country. I'd like to say thank you to everyone who believed in my potential and those who supported me from the beginning. To everyone who voted for me, especially to my fellow countrymen, thank you. Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat. To Ariadna, you are an amazing woman and we are now bonded together forever by a unique experience. In the last 3 weeks we were together, I saw how strong and beautiful you are inside and out. You represented your country with honor and I know how proud everyone must be of you. Fate has a plan for you, and I’m excited to see what’s ahead. And to all the fans who are still fighting about this…Please let's all stop now. The Miss Universe Organization is about uniting empowered women from all over the world. Arguing and sending hateful messages to each other defeats the whole purpose. You believe in the message of Miss Universe and so do I. Again, thank you for the love. I'm excited to begin my duties as Miss Universe and I wish everyone, all the contestants and all the supporters a great holiday with their loved ones. Happy Holidays and let's look forward to a great start to the new year! #? #MissUniverse – Pia
“In the last three weeks we were together, I saw how strong and beautiful you are inside and out. You represented your country with honour and I know how proud everyone must be of you. Fate has a plan for you, and I’m excited to see what’s ahead,” she said of Miss Colombia in her post. She also asked everyone to stop fighting over the controversial gaffe.
Although she became Miss Universe for a minute, Miss Colombia is still thankful for the experience. She expressed her gratitude to the people who supported her in her journey and congratulated Philippines for winning the contest.
“The destiny of every person on this planet is already written, and mine is this. I could give the joy of being Miss Universe to my country only for a few minutes, today thanks to that Colombia and the Latin community sounds in every corner of the planet,” Gutierrez wrote on her Facebook account, adding things happen for a reason.
Pageant host Steve Harvey had announced Miss Colombia as the victor after he misread his cue card. Miss Colombia was de-crowned after a moment of bliss, and it was both painful and embarrassing for the Latina beauty.
Watch Steve Harvey Mistakenly Announce Miss Colombia As Miss Universe
Miss Colombia handled the whole disaster with composure even when Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega transferred the crown to Wurtzbach.
Indeed, this year’s event will forever be remembered as one of the most controversial winning moments in the history of beauty pageants.