After mistake, Philippines beauty crowned Miss Universe 2015

(From IANS)

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines was announced as the Miss Universe 2015, after the ceremony’s host Steve Harvey admitted to making a big mistake by mixing up the names of the winners.

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach

There were as many as 80 contestants vying for the coveted Miss Universe title in Las Vegas on Sunday.

After beating others in rounds like national costume, swimsuit and evening wear, beauties from the Philippines, Colombia and the US made it to the top three.

Earlier while announcing the results, Miss US Olivia Jordan was placed third and Wurtzbach was announced as the first runner-up.

Miss Colombia Ariadna Guiterrez jumped with joy after the host took her country’s name as the winner.

She was crowned by another Colombian beauty — Paulina Vega, who had clinched the crown in 2014.

It could have been two Miss Universe titles in a row for Colombia but soon after Guiterrez took her first walk as the winner, the host admitted to have made a mistake in announcing the winners.

“I will take the responsibility for this. It’s on the card. Don’t hold it against the ladies. Still a great night,” Harvey told the audience.

Vega returned to the stage, took away the crown from Guiterrez and placed it on the head of Wurtzbach, who looked equally shocked as the others.

Wurtzbach, who believes that she is “confidently beautiful with a heart,” thinks that the title is an honour with responsibilities. She wants to create awareness about HIV.

Miss Universe Thailand emerges winner

Miss Universe Thailand Aniporn "Nat" Chalermburanawong, models the tuk-tuk costume which won the top award at the Las Vegas pageant Monday

Miss Universe Thailand Aniporn “Nat” Chalermburanawong in tuk-tuk costume

Miss Universe Thailand won the Best National Costume award at Monday morning’s Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas.

Aniporn “Nat” Chalermburanawong, the 21-year-old beauty from Lampang, also advanced to the last 10 of the pageant’s finalists, but was eliminated at the selection for the Top 5.

She had earlier praised the unique tuk-tuk costume, designed in Thailand and the winner of a contest to choose the best dress for Miss Universe Thailand 2015.

The winning design, Tuk-tuk Thailand, was chosen from 356 entries and was created by Hirankrit Pattaraboriboonkul, 35, an official at the Culture Ministry.

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