Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach Sees NYC for the First Time, Is 'Excited for All That's Ahead'

by Antoinette Bueno 12:57 PM PST, December 23, 2015
Playing Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach Sees NYC for the First Time, Is 'Excited for All That's Ahead'

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach is forging ahead after all that pageant drama.

On Wednesday, Wurtzbach tweeted a cute selfie on a plane, revealing that she's left Las Vegas where the pageant was held, and is now in New York City. The trip marks the 26-year-old Miss Philippines' first time there.

"Goodbye Vegas, hello New York City!" she wrote. "This is my first time seeing The Big Apple. #MissUniverse - Pia"

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And Wurtbach is about to become very familiar with the big city. Part of the Miss Universe 2015 prize package includes luxury accommodations in a New York City apartment for the duration of her reign, including living expenses.

Clearly, Wurtzbach is keeping it positive, after pageant host Steve Harvey mistakenly named Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as Miss Universe 2015, before revealing her as the real winner.

"I'm so excited for all that's ahead!" Miss Philippines tweeted on Tuesday, alongside a picture of her gazing at a Las Vegas view.

Of course, she'll also miss her pageant friends along the way. "Myanmar, my roommate, came to say goodbye," she wrote on Wednesday about a picture of the two together. "I'm so lucky to have met so many amazing women."

On Tuesday, Miss Colombia did congratulate the Philippines "for their new Miss Universe," in an Instagram post thanking her supporters. "The happiness that you must be feeling must be incredible," the 21-year-old runner-up added.

Still, Gutierrez obviously held on to her brief moments as Miss Universe, previously Instagramming photos of herself in the crown and sash before they were eventually stripped away.

"Forever your Miss Universe! Colombia!" one post translated to, while another post read, "#backtoback ... We did it, Colombia! Her hashtag "#backtoback" refers to the fact that last year's Miss Universe, Paulina Vega, is also from Colombia.

❤️ This moments will always be with me #missuniverse #misscolombia #backtoback Lo logramos COLOMBIA!

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Harvey, 58, said he apologized to both women following the embarrassing mix-up on Sunday, and Instagrammed this photo of himself on Monday clasping hands with Wurtzbach backstage.

"I had the chance to apologize to Miss Philippines and I'm thankful. #godisgood #iloveyou I apologized to Miss Colombia as well," he wrote.

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Despite the huge gaffe, Harvey will likely be returning to the stage next year, multiple sources exclusively confirmed to ET on Tuesday.

A source close to production told ET that the comedian signed a multi-year contract to host Miss Universe just days before the pageant aired, and that his paycheck is "more than they've ever paid before for a host." The source said the deal is for at least three years, possibly even as many as six or seven.

According to the source, Harvey "was mortified" by his mistake, which was apparently a "real ego-crusher" for the veteran TV personality.

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