Ariadna Gutiérrez posted a new message to fans on Tuesday, thanking them for their love and support.
On Sunday night, a stunned live television audience watched as Gutiérrez was awarded then immediately stripped of the Miss Universe title when it was revealed that host Steve Harvey had read the wrong woman’s name as the winner (it was actually Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach). The moment resulted in a firestorm of media attention including some rather controversial statements about who really should have won the crown.
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On Tuesday, Gutiérrez reached out to supporters on Instagram:
“After the storm comes the calm,” Gutiérrez wrote in the message. “I want to thank each and every one 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.
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If this happened to me I would still be crying in my bathtub, finishing up my seventh box of wine or something; so good on her to yet again show such a strong display of grace under pressure. On Monday, she also posted a collage of photos from her brief time as winner, telling fans the moment “will always be with me.”
Meanwhile, pageant officials have offered Harvey an invitation to return as host in 2016 , which I think is a brilliant idea. Who wouldn’t want to watch what he does on next year’s show?
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US