Colombian Pageant Organization Concurso Nacional de la Belleza issues a heartfelt statement of support for the Miss Universe runner-up.

By Charlotte Triggs Kara Warner
December 22, 2015 07:00 PM

No matter the outcome from the embarrassing incident surrounding the crowning of Miss Universe Sunday, first runner-up Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez is still a winner.

“Ariadna will always be our Miss Universe, now and forever,” Colombian Pageant Organization Concurso Nacional de la Belleza de Colombia (CNB) tells PEOPLE in a statement, praising Gutiérrez’s “determination and conviction” and their pride in the fact she represented “the Colombian woman at the highest level.”

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“In the crucial moment, an unfortunate and cruel outcome tested her poise and composure,” the statement continues. “But [in the end] she inspired admiration in the millions of viewers watching the unfortunate incident.”

CNB states that although the crown was taken away from Gutiérrez, due to an announcing error by host Steve Harvey, and given to Miss Philippines (Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach), she will carry on with the knowledge that she was “the best and that she won the hearts of those who were supporting her. Seeing her magnanimous reaction, the Concurso Nacional de la Belleza can only bow down before her with admiration and offer her our biggest gratitude for, once more, having represented the values of Colombia at the highest level.”

The 21-year-old beauty seemed to be upbeat about the error in her post-pageant video message and in sharing a few photos of herself wearing the crown before it was stripped. She is currently on holiday with her family.

“Gutiérrez went to Miami to spend a few days relaxing with her family after the incident,” a representative for the Concurso Nacional de la Belleza de Colombia tells PEOPLE. “She wants to spend a few quiet days with her family over the holidays and unwind, and she plans on addressing the media when she goes back to Colombia.”

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