Durban – Miss South Africa First Princess Refilwe Mthimunye, 24, was among Miss Universe challengers in front of an audience when TV host and humorist Steve Harvey reported the wrong victor of the event.
Harvey erroneously declared amid the live telecast that Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez-Arevalo had won on December 20.
The model strolled around the stage with the crown for a couple of minutes before Harvey remedied his mix-up and reported that the genuine champ was Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
The challengers got the opportunity to vote in favor of who ought to take the crown; this depends on how she addressed an inquiry and on her identity. We had burned through two weeks together and we knew one another. The greater part of the young ladies had voted in favor of Miss Philippines. At the point when the champ was declared the autocue machine we were taking a gander at had the right name, yet Steve reported Miss Colombia. For a few moments we stayed silent and took a gander at one another with stun in light of the fact that we knew who we had voted in favor of,” she said.
Mthimunye said the bungle victimized the victor of the satisfaction she merited.
“At the point when Steve revised his error, we were mitigated, however, it was still ungainly in light of the fact that there was Miss Colombia crushed and attempting to be solid and the real Miss Universe not certain in the event that she ought to be energized. She dreaded the crown would likewise be taken from her. I went to compliment her in light of the fact that she truly merited it. I additionally had to trust that perhaps they committed an error by disposing of me,” said Mthimunye.
Claudia Henkel, Miss South Africa 2004 and Miss Universe 2005 competitor, said what happened was totally inadmissible.
“My heart goes out to Miss Colombia…, I think when she returned home everything returned and it hurt her, it is an inclination that she will never dispose of,” said Henkel.
South African marketing specialist, Melanie Ramjee, said: “It was the most talked about occasion on online networking for over a week. Be that as it may, I trust it was a certifiable mix-up on his part. It didn’t look practiced.
Likewise the declaration card ought to have been printed independently as it for the most part is at these exhibitions.