An Open Letter to Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo

Dear Miss Colombia-Universe,

Miss Colombia Universe 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez. (Photo courtesy by Miss Universe Organization Facebook page)

In the world we live today, much has been said about the importance of persevering to reach for one’s dreams. The future is a murky panoramic view of possibilities no one is able to know or foresee. But if you are almost certain that you are about to have your dreams fulfilled, perhaps the most horrific thing that could happen is watch it slip away right before your very eyes.

There is a line I came across as I was reading a book of Stephanie Meyer, a line that is so striking that it rendered me thinking about all the times I’ve spent locked behind my doors because I was so depressed and angry and sad and humiliated. Times when I kept on thinking about how I wish something so magical and thrilling and beautiful never ended. The line reads as:

When life offers you a dream so far from what you can imagine, it’s not right to grieve when it comes to an end.

– Stephanie Meyer, Twilight

This is an open letter. An open letter for Miss Colombia Universe, Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo who was briefly crowned as Ms. Universe 2015.

You are beautiful and gorgeous. In the Philippines, we often say that “when the Almighty showered beauty, you were at the right spot…perhaps even on the frontline.” And that might be just the case with you. Not only you are an epitome of beauty, you are also strong and smart and independent which embodies a true beauty queen.

Of course I would understand the trauma and shame the announcement during the live telecast of Ms. Universe could affect you as a person. I read the interview you recently graced in Colombia. You said you are a very emotional person and that put you to a position that might be hard to recover from. Not only that, you mentioned that it’s a shame to the entire Latino community.

We concede to that. We understand and we sympathize. The horror of watching your dream come true only to take it away moments later because of an error (human or not, we can’t tell.)

Despite you congratulating Ms. Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach, you could have done more. The whole of the Latino community is at your back with this. They would stand guard for you, and for them, you are the real Ms. Universe. Ironic enough, each year, we also experience more or less the same thing: we watch as the crown slips away from us Filipinos despite the fact that we know to ourselves our candidate gave the most honest and genuine answer to the Q&A.

Recently, a Colombian posted a video on Facebook burning an effigy if Pia and Steve Harvey. Burning Steve’s effigy was okay, to be honest. We would understand. But of Pia’s? I don’t think that’s acceptable.

Miss Universe 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach. (Photo courtesy by Miss Universe Organization Facebook page)

It’s not Pia’s fault that she won. It’s not Pia’s fault that the Ms. Universe Crown, the Ms. Universe Sash and the Ms. Universe bouquet was stripped off of you. Yet, we can’t understand why the Latino community seems so adamant and blatant in throwing half the blame to Pia. All the hate comments on Facebook and Instagram can attest to that as well.

This is the part where you could have done something, this is the part where you could have redeemed yourself, this is the part that you could have shown to the Universe that despite you not being able to get the crown, you are confidently beautiful and independent and strong.

In the interview you graced, you could have urged the entire Latino community to stop the bashing and hate comments and support the new Ms. Universe. You could have pointed out the 1st runner is not bad, that it’s better than having nothing at all. You could have downed all the issues once and for all.

But you didn’t. Instead, you started to talk about more of yourself. You made it as though you are the most aggrieved. And do you know what it showed? It showed that you know nothing about sportsmanship, that you are just beautiful…without a heart (figuratively).

It is so sad to see you put in such a situation but it is also sad to see you not doing anything to down the issue. After you all, you are Ms. Universe first runner-up. Still, you have an obligation. You can prove to the world that you have the power to rise to the occasion. Use that power. It’s not yet too late.

Don’t grieve. Instead, rise from the occasion.

Very Truly Yours,

All Filipinos around the world.


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