On December 20, 2015, Miss Universe host Steve Harvey made a major slip at the crowning moment of the ceremony held at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas. The host announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner of the pageant.
Gutierrez was wearing the pageant crown when Harvey returned to the stage to apologize, as the real winner was Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of Philippines. He said: “I will take responsibility. It was my mistake … Please don’t hold it against the ladies.”
Despite the awkward crowning moment made by the host, Miss Philippines took the crown to be the 64th Miss Universe winner, also the third Filipino title holder (previously 1969, 1973) of the most celebrated beauty pageants in the globe.
During the final question round when asked why she wanted to be Miss Universe, Wurtzbach replied that, “I will use my voice to influence the youth and I would raise awareness to certain causes like HIV awareness that is timely and relevant to my country.”
“I want to show the world, the universe rather, that I am confidently beautiful with a heart,” she said. Congratulations to Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach for the title, and an exciting journey of a lifetime!
This is the very first MU pageant hosted after Donald Trump sold the Miss Universe Organization (also includes Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageant groups) to the agency WME/IMG in September 2015. Post the event, the U.S. President candidate Trump wrote on Twitter:
“Very sad what happened last night at the Miss Universe Pageant. I sold it 6 months ago for a record price. This would never have happened!”
If you missed the live TV broadcasting of the pageant, you can watch the full show & the most-talked-about crowning moment on YouTube videos below!
Meet Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach!
- AGE: 26
- HOMETOWN: Cagayan De Oro (PHILIPPINES)
- HEIGHT: 5’ 8”
- LANGUAGE: Filipino, English, German
Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is a Filipino-German actress, model and beauty pageant titleholder. She is the Philippine representative for the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant. Pia was born in Stuttgart, Germany and grew up in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. She has one sister who is two years younger than her. Pia finished her secondary education with the ABS-CBN Distance Learning Center and studied culinary arts at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies in Metro Manila, Philippines. She worked as a cosmetics model. At the age of 11, under the screen name Pia Romero, she worked as an actress. Pia is currently a stylist and writer for the lifestyle section of a leading newspaper in the Philippines.
Source: UDN 聯合新聞網
VIDEDO: Miss Universe 2015 – Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach – Highlights
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Photo: Raen Badua
Stylist: Arnold Milfort
Makeup: Vincent Tran
Hair: Andrew Fitzsimons
Manicurist: MIchelle Matthews
Producer: Cory Tran
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