2015's Miss Universe Is Memorable for Steve Harvey's Wrong Winner Announcement — Flash Back to the Story

Rebelander Basilan
Nov 09, 2020
05:40 P.M.
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The Miss Universe crown went to Miss Philippines in 2015, but only after the runner-up from Colombia was wrongfully crowned due to a mistake made by host Steve Harvey.


The Miss Universe organization took to Twitter to issue an apology to Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo and Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach. The international beauty pageant also apologized to the contestants' loved ones and fans.

Acclaimed host Steve Harvey immediately acknowledged his mistake at the time. According to him, he did not read the card correctly when he announced that Arevalo had won.

Steve Harvey attends the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015. | Photo: Getty Images



When Harvey went back to the stage to apologize, Arevalo had already been crowned by the previous year's Miss Universe, who was also from Colombia.

The crown was then removed from Arevalo's head and placed on Wurtzbach. Harvey, who kicked off his career as a comedian, later took to Twitter to apologize, saying:

"I'd like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia & Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible."



The host's first tweet was: "I want to apologize emphatically to Miss Philippians and Miss Columbia. This was a terribly honest human mistake and I am so regretful."

However, the six-time Daytime Emmy Award winner deleted the tweet, and in his second tweet, he corrected "Philippians" to "Philippines" and "Columbia" to "Colombia."

Meanwhile, the contestants took to social media ahead of the coronation event.



Harvey also tweeted an apology to the viewers of the Miss Universe pageant. In 2015, the viewers weighed in on the contest for the first time. They cast their votes to be tallied alongside those of the celebrity judges.

Meanwhile, the contestants took to social media ahead of the coronation event. The lovely ladies showed off their more natural side, sharing makeup-free selfies on Twitter. They added the hashtag #ConfidentlyBeautiful to their charming snaps.


The trend was started by Miss Universe 2014, Paulina Vega, from Colombia, through the official Twitter account of the pageant. She uploaded a fresh-face selfie and then encouraged the 2015 contestants to join in.

Many contestants, including Hilda Frimpong of Ghana, Argentina's Claudia Barrionuevo, and Australia's Monika Radulovic, took to Twitter to showcase their makeup-free faces.


Meanwhile, along with several pictures of herself wearing the Miss Universe crown, Guttierez wrote on Instagram that the moment will always be with her, as reported by PEOPLE.

As for Wurtzbach, who is one of the four Filipinas to have won the Miss Universe, she maintained her sense of humor about the incident. The actress and model laughed as she described her win as a "very non-traditional crowning moment."