After the controversial win of Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach yesterday, December 21 (Manila Time) where host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as Miss Universe, 2nd runner up Miss USA Olivia Jordan took to Instagram to voice her opinion regarding the incident.
She first stated that it was an honor for her to be on the stage with Pia and Ariadna but she also felt bad for what happened. Olivia also said that both of deserve the crown.
“Both women were worthy of the crown. I’m honored I got to stand beside them and devastated for each of them – [Wurtzbach] that her moment was tainted by controversy and most of all for [Gutierrez for] having her dream ripped away from her in an instant, I know both women have an incredible year ahead of them where they will embrace every opportunity that comes out of this.”
Olivia also lauded Steve’s action during the pageant.
“And I want to send some love to [Harvey] in a sea of hate. He made an honest mistake that he has owned up to and apologized for. We are all perfectly imperfect as humans and mistakes happen. Let’s please spread love and positivity!”
Olivia was admired by the Filipino netizens for being supportive to Pia for she was still with her even after the coronation.
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This not the first time Olivia lost to a Filipina. She was also USA’s representative in the 2013 Miss World pageant, where Megan Young became the first Pinay to win the crown.