The newly crowned Miss Universe from the Philippines is apologizing on behalf of the Miss Universe organization for the mistake that led a contestant from Colombia to first believe that she had won the crown.
Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach told reporters after the Miss Universe pageant that she had conflicting emotions when the mistake happened: joy when she was told she was indeed the winner and not first runner-up, concern for Colombia contestant Ariadna Gutierrez Aravelo, who had previously been mistakenly crowned, and confusion at the whole situation.
Wurtzbach says she tried to approach Aravelo onstage afterward but the Colombian was crying and surrounded by a crowd of women. She says she realized it was, “probably bad timing.”
Saying she’s now the voice of Miss Universe she apologized for what happened on behalf of the organization.
She says the mistake wasn’t done purposely and “it was an honest mistake.”
Miss Philippines won the 2015 Miss Universe Competition after a crazy ending Sunday night.
Miss Colombia was originally given the title, but the decision was reversed after host Steve Harvey said that his announcement was an error.
Miss Philippines originally finished second, but after the decision was reversed, she was awarded the title.
Miss Philippines, Miss Colombia and Miss USA were among the final three in the competition. Miss USA finished 3rd overall.
Miss USA, Olivia Jordan is originally from Oklahoma and she was in Oklahoma City visiting the Infant Crisis Services last July.