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Miss Colombia speaks out after she was wrongly crowned Miss Universe 2015

Published 23/12/2015

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Venezuela 2015, Mariana Jimenez, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Thailand 2015, Aniporn Chalermburanawong, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Japan 2015, Ariana Miyamoto, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Japan 2015, Ariana Miyamoto, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss South Africa 2015, Refilwe Mthimunye, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Belgium 2015, Annelies Toros, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, competes in the evening gown competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach went on to be crowned the new Miss Universe. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Dominican Republic 2015, Clarissa Molina, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Thailand 2015, Aniporn Chalermburanawong, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss USA 2015, Olivia Jordan, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Other contestants congratulate Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach after she was crowned Miss Universe at the Miss Universe pageant Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. According to the pageant, a misreading led the announcer to read Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner before they took it away and gave it to Miss Philippines. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Miss Universe Paulina Vega, left, crowns Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach as the new Miss Universe at the Miss Universe pageant Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. According to the pageant, a misreading led the announcer to read Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner before they took it away and gave it to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, pictured on left. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Other contestants comfort Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, center right, after she was incorrectly crowned Miss Universe at the Miss Universe pageant Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. According to the pageant, a misreading led the announcer to read Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner before they took it away and gave it to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, pictured on left. (AP Photo/John Locher)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Television personality Steve Harvey hosts the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach went on to be crowned the new Miss Universe (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: The top three finalists (L-R) Miss USA 2015, Olivia Jordan, Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez, and Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, stand onstage during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (R) went on to be crowned the new Miss Universe. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Miss Colombia has spoken out after she was at the centre of a Miss Universe debacle which saw her wrongly crowned the winner.

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach won this year's Miss Universe contest for the Philippines but it was blighted by an error from host Steve Harvey.

Colombia's Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo was already wearing the crown as this year's winner in Las Vegas when host Steve Harvey dashed back to apologise.

Harvey said it was his mistake and he would take responsibility for not reading the card correctly that named Ms Wurtzbach the winner and Ms Arevalo the first runner-up.

Ms Wurtzbach appeared stunned as she walked to the front of the stage alongside the crown-wearing Ms Arevalo before last year's Miss Universe, also from Colombia, stepped in to remove the crown and place it on Ms Wurtzbach's head instead.

Harvey said later no one felt worse than he did about his mistake.

Speaking out for the first time Miss Colombia took to Instagram to thank people for their messages of "support and strength".

She said: "After the storm comes the calm. I want to thank each and everyone 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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