Colombian beauty queen Ariadna Gutierrez wants to clear the air between her and 2015 Miss Universe rival Pia Wurtzbach when her statement about the latter was misunderstood by netizens.
In Ariadna’s Zoom interview on October 3, she talked about Pia saying that she didn’t notice her in the competition because Pia was like a ghost and explained that she never considered Pia as a competition.
“I actually saw her twice during the competition, once at the dining area and during rehearsals. But a person like a… a ghost! You see her and never again, like the exit signs! Nobody saw her,” she said in Spanish, as translated by the pageant website Pageanthology 101.
“I used to go with the Latinas but we sat with the Asians and I did not notice her. She was very solitary, too. I did not notice her and when I did, I did not think of her as my competition. That is the truth,” she added.
Ariadna received backlash from the people who said that she was still bitter about losing to Pia after five years. At the Miss Universe pageant held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 20, 2015, the host, Steve Harvey, wrongly announced Miss Universe 2015 when he called Colombia instead of the Philippines.
People said that Ariadna expressed her hatred towards Pia through her statement but the Colombian beauty queen defended herself and claimed that people simply misunderstood her.
According to an Instagram comment picked up by Pageanthology 101, Ariadna explained her statement through her reply to an Instagram user.
Ariadna Gutierrez, 2015 Miss Universe 1st Runner-Up, responds to her supporter in instagram explaining her comment…
“I know!!! exactly what I said but [people] don’t ever understand what I said smh. Thank you for saying it HOW IT IS,” Ariadna wrote.
“I feel so sad for the super nice [Filipinos] I’ve met in my life. They are not like this,” she added.
Recently, she also posted a photo in her Instagram account along with her caption that seems to be pertaining to her recent issue saying, “Learn to use the criticism as fuel and you will never run out of energy.”
However, people, including Miss Bulgaria Radostina Todorova, still criticized her for her statements.
Through Radostina’s Instagram post, she said that a true beauty queen is a person who is beautiful inside and out.
Netizens have also shared their criticisms towards Ariadna on the social networking site Twitter.
it seems Miss Columbia, Ariadna Gutierrez still hasn't move on yet and still taking the incident against Pia. No wonder this "Ghost" she's talking about will keep on haunting her for the rest of her life. A truly horrible experience and will be a dent on her identity.#StillBitter
— DigungGong (@FentanylBoy) October 7, 2020
Perhaps Miss Colombia needs to be processed emotionally and psychologically? It seems that the pageant left a deep scar on her.
— Aron Harold Pamoso (@aaronharoldp) October 7, 2020
See? The MU org and the judges made the right choice. It would've been a mistake if she had been crowned. It's not only a contest of physical beauty but of heart also. Miss Gloria Diaz was right. 'Nobody talks about the runners up. It's the 1 who bags the crown people remember.
— Larry Bird (@LarryBi55928721) October 7, 2020
How she’s acting now only goes to show why Pia was the most deserving to win!
— Rache (@Rachel13354780) October 7, 2020
Bitter pa din hangang ngayon. Pia will most likely reply in the most MU way.
— daringpinoy (@daringpinoy) October 7, 2020
No wonder this "ghost" she's talking about will keep on haunting her for the rest of her life. A truly horrible experience and will be a dent on her identity.
— mario (@LeeAmson) October 7, 2020
Well Ariadna Gutierrez, who's the ghost now? 👻👻👻
— Rachel Rubia (@RacRubia) October 7, 2020
— Tito Doms (@DomsTito) October 7, 2020
You're still a LOSER, Ms. Colombia!https://t.co/NI45pmapD5
— Letters And Ink (@Letters_and_Ink) October 8, 2020
Seriously?? Ariadna @gutierrezary it's been almost 5 years and you still say all these words? I mean ghorl? Just be grateful, God bless you!!
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— Shem Bullen (@shemoutloud) October 7, 2020
ARIADNA GUTIERREZ NEEDS TO LEARN THE ART OF IDENTIFYING YOUR ENEMIES. Maybe she thought during the MU 2015 that she was THE BEST CANDIDATE. Too bad, she ended up only first runner-up! Mukhang deserve nya naman mapahiya that night.
— MayritaSaputa123 (@MSaputa123) October 7, 2020