After nearly two weeks, Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez opened up about her ‘humiliating’ experience during the coronation of Miss Universe held in Las Vegas last month.
The 22-year-old beauty queen was accidentally named the winner after host Steve Harvey misread his cue cards.
In an interview with W Radio on Wednesday, she said:
“I was disconnected. I haven’t received phone calls from almost anyone. Very few people have communicated with me,” Gutierrez said. “That’s because I had to grieve for what happened.”
“It has been very hard for me, truly, it has been a great shock. Because it is a dream I fought for. … I have always dreamed of this, of being Miss Universe. … It was very humiliating for me.”
“I thought it was a joke,” she said after host Steve Harvey went back to stage to reveal that it was a mistake.
“There are a thousand ways to do things,” she said. “They could have done it, I don’t know, the next day in a press conference or a press release. … They did not do things the right way.”
Despite the “humiliating” gaffe, the Colombian beauty queen said that she is looking at things positively. “I managed to make history which I think is more important than winning the Miss Universe title.”