Pia Wurtzbach’s Miss Universe rival praises Catriona Gray


Posted at Dec 18 2018 12:15 PM

Miss Universe 2015 first runner-up Ariadna Gutierrez of Colombia (left) took to Instagram to congratulate this year’s winner, Catriona Gray of the Philippines. Photos from @gutierrezary and @catriona_gray on Instagram

MANILA – Ariadna Gutierrez, best known among Filipinos as Pia Wurtzbach’s rival to the Miss Universe crown, could not help but gush over this year’s winner of the pageant.

The Colombian beauty queen, who was mistakenly proclaimed Miss Universe by host Steve Harvey in 2015, recently took to Instagram to congratulate Wurtzbach’s compatriot, Catriona Gray.

“Congratulations to the beautiful Miss Philippines,” Gutierrez said in an Instagram stories post shortly after Gray was crowned Miss Universe 2018.

Screenshot from Instagram.com/gutierrezary

Gutierrez also commented on Gray’s first portraits as Miss Universe, which were released on the pageant’s Instagram page on Monday.

“Beautiful,” she wrote.

Screenshot from Instagram.com/gutierrezary

Harvey’s blunder involving Wurtzbach and Gutierrez has since become a running joke, with the American TV host often reminded to wear his glasses and be extra careful in proclaiming the next Miss Universe.

In this year’s edition of the pageant, Miss Costa Rica poked fun at Harvey, who asked her to give him tips as a fellow host.

“If ever they give you a really, really, really important envelope, try to read carefully, okay?” she said.