Meet the woman who went from Miss Universe joke to Vin Diesel’s co-star

Former Miss Colombia winner Ariadna Gutiérrez is already a viral internet sensation.

Ariadna Gutiérrez and Steve Harvey at the Miss Universe pageant.
The Steve Harvey show Ariadna Gutiérrez was the unfortunate victim of a major Miss Universe cock-up. Image Ethan Miller/Getty Images

If you haven’t of Ariadna Gutiérrez yet, then chances are you’ve either been living under a rock somewhere or currently reside in an abode lacking a decent Wi-Fi connection.

That’s because, to all intents and purposes, Gutiérrez is already a household name, though perhaps not for the reasons she would have wished.

The winner of Miss Colombia two years ago, the actress, model, television host and beauty queen is probably best recognised for her part in the 2015 Miss Universe fiasco.

Having made it all the way to the final two, Gutiérrez was infamously informed by host Steve Harvey that she was the overall winner of the event ahead of Miss Philippines entrant Pia Wurtzbach.

The only problem was? She wasn’t. Harvey had misread the results that saw Gutiérrez finish in the rather poorly worded position of “1st runner-up”.

Harvey hell That infamous Miss Universe moment.

Not that it mattered to the millions watching at home, with Harvey, Gutiérrez and Wurtzbach featuring in all variety of gifs, memes and video mash-ups that sent up the entire sorry affair.

Though Harvey and the organisers suffered the brunt of the criticism, the 22-year-old model was far from happy.

Ariadna Gutiérrez struts her stuff at Miss Universe.
Gutiérrez the great Ariadna Gutiérrez had looked on course to guide Colombia to a second successive Miss Universe crown. Image Ethan Miller/Getty Images

“It was very humiliating for me, but also for the whole country,” she told The Latin Times in the aftermath of the contest.

Almost three months on from the incident, however, and Gutiérrez’s star may be on the rise again.

Though the Miss Universe incident may have been a source of some embarrassment, it did raise her profile considerably, with Ariadna’s Instagram account boasting some 1.5 million followers.

Ariadna Gutierrez
Popular posts Gutierrez has garnered a huge following online. Image Ariadna Gutierrez Instagram

More significant still is the news that Gutierrez is set for her first major movie role having been cast in the Vin Diesel led xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.

“My dream came true. I want to say thank you to my people, for bringing me here and thank you @vindiesel I’ll see you in the movie,” Gutiérrez wrote on her Instagram account, while also sharing a picture of herself alongside the film’s star.

Vin Diesel and Ariadna Gutierrez together.
Vin decent Gutierrez already shared this snap with her new co-star Image Ariadna Gutierrez Instagram

With UFC’s Conor McGregor also set to cameo in what will be the third film in the xXx franchise but only the first sequel to feature Vin Diesel, hopes are high that the movie can replicate the of success the Fast & Furious saga.

For Gutiérrez, meanwhile, it could offer the opportunity to erase any memory of Miss Universe or Steve Harvey, once and for all.

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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.

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