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13 April 2024

Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach won't share crown with Miss Colombia

Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez is mistakenly named Miss Universe 2015 during the 2015 MISS UNIVERSE show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, California, on December 20, 2015. Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was later named Miss Universe. (AFP)

By Staff

Comedian Steve Harvey created 2015's most jaw-dropping TV moment during the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas.

In case you've been living under a rock, the comedian announced the wrong winner in the final moments of the annual pageant, forcing Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez to give up the crown to its rightful owner, Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach.

Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega removes the crown from Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez (left) and Miss Philippines watches on. AFP 

Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez has a wave of public sympathy behind her after what she calls a 'humiliating' mix-up.

According to the New York Daily News, she said, "In four minutes they destroy your dreams. They throw it in a bag, and they throw it in the trash," adding, "I feel like it doesn't matter to them the feelings of a girl who has worked her whole life for a dream."

Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (right), reacts as she is crowned the 2015 Miss Universe. AFP 

Last week Gutierrez told a Colombian radio station she hoped she could share the Miss Universe crown with Miss Philippines, who was awarded the title after host Steve Harvey accidentally crowned the wrong winner live on air.

But Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach wasn't so keen on that idea.

The 26-year-old model and actress told Good Morning America on the first day of her year-long reign, "I think it would be a little bit difficult for two girls to share a crown."

"It's a little bit heavy, but I'm not complaining. It can stay there for a long time," talking about the estimated US$300,000 diamond crown.

Former owner of the pageant and US Presidential candidate Donald Trump also suggested Miss Philippines share her title with Miss Colombia.

"I'll tell you what I think I'd do. I think I'd make them a co-winner," Trump told the US Today show.

During her GMA interview, Miss Philippines said she 'greeted' Miss Colombia on her birthday and checked in to see how she was going.

"She seems like she is ok," Wurtzbach said.

"I understand how she feels. I'm also concerned.

"I know that she's a beautiful young lady who is very talented and I know that she'll have a lot of other opportunities. She'll do very well, I'm sure."

And despite Harvey's mishap, Wurtzbach said she believes he should return to host the show.

"Yeah, why not?" "I think he’s a breath of fresh air, he made us feel very relaxed, the contestants. It makes us show our personalities a little bit more. I think that benefits everybody, especially the viewers."