Miss Colombia Speaks Out Via Instagram: ‘After the Storm Comes the Calm’
Update (Wednesday, December 23): 21-year-old Ariadna Gutierrez, aka Miss Colombia, has taken to Instagram to speak out about the Miss Universe debacle and has managed to find the silver lining (via Us Weekly). "After the storm comes the calm," the post begins before immediately thanking her fans for their support. "Your destiny is written for you," she writes. Despite having the crown for only a couple minutes, Gutierrez is happy for the exposure that Colombia and the Latin community has received, "being talked about in every corner of the world." She concludes the post with a congratulations for Miss Philippines and a hopeful eye on the future to "find out why things happen the way they happen."
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. ❤️
Original post (Monday, December 21): On Sunday night (December 20), Steve Harvey set the airwaves and social media on fire when he awarded the crown to the wrong person at the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas. He somehow got the terms "winner" and "runner-up" confused and mistakenly announced Miss Colombia, rather than Miss Philippines, as the champion. And while both contestants held it together on stage as the crown exchange happened, the whole ordeal was awkward and uncomfortable, to say the least.
Behind the scenes, Miss Colombia also managed to keep it together as much as possible as she processed being crowned and uncrowned in the span of a few moments on live television. In a clip posted by TMZ, runner-up Miss Colombia explains that "Everything happens for a reason" when asked if she had anything she wanted to say to her fans.
Clutching a tissue and struggling to finds the words, Colombia asserts how she is still happy for everything she accomplished, for getting as far as she did in the competition. She also manages to thank her fans for all their votes, even though they didn't actually score her the title of Miss Universe. Watch the video below.
As for Miss Philippines, there were also some tears backstage, but she was mostly smiles as she tried to work through the ordeal. "It's a very non-traditional crowning moment, isn't it?" she asks. "It's very 2015" she quickly adds with a laugh and a hug from a fellow pageant contestant.
As the former owner of the Miss Universe pageant, Donald Trump weighed in on the debacle, saying it would never have happened under his leadership. Still, he ultimately defended Steve Harvey's mistake. Trump also suggested that the pageant hold an intimate ceremony to crown Miss Philippines and Miss Colombia as co-winners to help alleviate whatever emotional turmoil the Colombians may be experiencing following the news.
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