Members of the Sucre Beauty Committee erupted with joy and jubilation after Miss Colombia, who hails from the department of Sucre, was named Miss Universe on Sunday (Monday in Manila).
But the blissful moment quickly turned sour after host Steve Harvey admitted he had made a grave mistake and the Colombian beauty queen, 21-year-old Ariadna Gutierrez Arévalo, was in fact the first runner-up and the title of Miss Universe 2015 actually belonged to Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
The crown had already been placed on the Sincelejo, Colombia native, when, after some awkward, on-stage confusion, the crown was taken from her head and given to Miss Philippines.
"We were happy with the win and then all of a sudden… never before has something like this happened in the history of the contest; that a contestant is crowned and then they take the crown from her because there was a mistake. It perplexed us. We don't have the words to express what we are feeling. But all the same, I want to send a message saying that she (Miss Colombia) was marvelous. That the people of Sucre, the people of Colombia were with her until the end and that we are happy with what she was able to accomplish at Miss Universe," the president of the Sucre Beauty Committee, Lucy Cruz, said.
Stunned, the group slowly hushed as they stared at the Television screen in a state of shock and disbelief.
Crown or no crown, Gutierrez's supporters here said she did them proud representing their department and the whole of Colombia.
"We were clearly very excited. We could not believe it. Honestly, we were happy because Ariadna marvelously represented all of us from Sucre, from Colombia. It all of a sudden went from a moment full of joy and excitement to a moment full of humiliation and sadness for us. It really seems unfair to me," said Paula Correa, a former pageant contestant.
Following the 64th edition of the pageant, which was broadcast live from Las Vegas, host Steve Harvey took to Twitter to apologize to the contestants for his mistake.
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