Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez is speaking out and reflecting on her roller-coaster Miss Universe experience.
The 21-year-old contestant was mistakenly crowned Miss Universe after pageant host Steve Harvey
mistakenly read the results card during Sunday’s live broadcast, resulting in Gutierrez being stripped of the title
“After the storm comes the calm. I want to thank each and everyone [sic] of you who have sent messages of support and strength,” she began the note, which accompanied a photo of her making a heart. “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.”
Though Gutierrez didn’t seem as willing to give up her Miss Universe crown
just a day ago, she seemed to accept her destiny.
“Your destiny is written for you. And my destiny was this,” Gutierrez wrote. “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.”
She also took time out to congratulate the newly crowned Miss Universe, Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach.
"The dishonorable thing would've been to leave it like it was," he said. "It didn't deserve to happen that way."
Harvey said that he accidentally said Miss Universe instead of first runner-up when he called out Miss Colombia, and realized it later upon looking at his note card. "I just kept reading the card and it said, 'First runner-up,' and I went 'oh my goodness,'" he recalled.
Some news outlets questioned whether the on-air mistake was a publicity stunt, but a source told ET that there is “no way.”