Miss Universe Defends Competition Crowning Only One Winner

The Filipino beauty says it would be "very difficult" to split the Miss Universe duties.

06/01/2016 7:35 AM AEDT | Updated 06/01/2016 7:35 AM AEDT

Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach supports the competition's choice to crown only one winner, a choice that came into question after Miss Universe host Steve Harvey wrongly gave Miss Colombia the 2015 Miss Universe crown, only to retract it and give it to Wurtzbach herself. 

"I think it would be very difficult for two girls to share the crown and the responsibility, to split the responsibilities between the two ladies," Wurtzbach told HuffPost Live on Tuesday. "I think that, looking forward, this pageant will open a lot of opportunities for all of the girls anyways."

The Miss Philippines title holder looked back on the moment Harvey made his notorious snafu, recalling that she was "obviously very excited" to hear she'd in fact won.

"Of course I wanted to win, like all of the other girls," she recounted. "Back where I'm from, in the Philippines, pageants are a big deal, especially Miss Universe, so this was very exciting for me."

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