Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Crowned Miss Universe 2015
Universe, meet your new First Lady. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, a 26-year-old beauty queen from the Philippines, was crowned the winner of the 2015 Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas, Nev., Sunday night.
The competition, which aired live on Fox, was hosted by comedian Steve Harvey and featured contestants from 80 countries between the ages of 19 and 27. In addition to a panel of four celebrity judges, home viewers were also allowed to vote—a first in the pageant's 64 years.
After a small mix up with the results (Harvey accidentally announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez Arévalo, as the winner rather than first runner-up), Wurtzbach received her crown from Miss Universe 2014, Paulina Vega of Colombia.
Wurtzbach was followed by Gutierrez Arévalo, 21, and second runner-up Olivia Jordan, 27, of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Earlier in the competition when she asked why she wanted to be Miss Universe, Wurtzbach said, "I will use my voice to influence the youth and I would raise awareness to certain causes like HIV awareness, that is timely and relevant to my country."
Wurtzbach is the first Miss Universe winner from the Philippines in more than 40 years.