Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach posted a gracious message thanking fans and paying tribute to Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez: “Ariadna, you are an amazing woman and we are now bonded together forever by a unique experience.”
“In the last 3 weeks we were together, I saw how strong and beautiful you are inside and out,” Wurtzbach’s message on the official Miss Universe Facebook page continued. “You represented your country with honor and I know how proud everyone must be of you. Fate has a plan for you, and I’m excited to see what’s ahead.”
She also called for an end to bickering over the gaffe, when Steve Harvey mistakenly announced the wrong winner.
“To all the fans who are still fighting about this…Please let’s all stop now,” she wrote. “The Miss Universe Organization is about uniting empowered women from all over the world. Arguing and sending hateful messages to each other defeats the whole purpose.”
Both of the beauty queens have acquitted themselves graciously in the days after Steve Harvey mistakenly crowned the wrong one.
“I was able to bring happiness to my country after becoming Miss Universe for only a couple of minutes,” Gutiérrez posted. “I also want to congratulate the Philippines for their new Miss Universe. The happiness that you must be feeling must be incredible.”