9.13.2021

NEW PORTUGUESE QUEENS FOR 2021




 
THREE COUNTRIES, ONE CROWN: Oricia del Carmen Domínguez Dos Santos, 27, was crowned Miss Universe Portugal 2021 on September 11. She was one of five women crowned to represent Portugal in five major pageants.  

This is Oricia’s third attempt to win a national title for Miss Universe, and each attempt was made in a different country. First of all, she was born and raised in
Caracas, Venezuela and competed in Miss Venezuela 2018 representing the state of Táchira where she placed 2nd runner-up.

Then in 2019 Oricia moved to Spain to attend the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid where she received a degree in fashion. In 2020, she went to Conde Nast College in Madrid where she received a diploma in journalism with emphasis on beauty, fashion and lifestyle. From 2020 to 2021 she studied business at the Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao, España. On July 24, 2020 she represented Guadalajara in Miss World Spain 2020 where she was unplaced but finished in the top 5 of Beauty With A Purpose.

Finally, on September 11, 2021 she represented Spain’s Portuguese community in Miss Portuguesa 2021 and won the title, giving her the right to represent Portugal in Miss Universe 2021 to be held in Eilat, Israel in December.

Isn’t it nice to possess three nationalities and use them to your advantage to win a spot in Miss Universe?



List of winners from left to right:

- Miss Universe Portugal 2021: Oricia Domínguez Dos Santos
- Miss Supranational Portugal 2021 (second runner-up): Ana Teixeira
- Miss Portuguesa (Miss World Portugal) 2021: Lidy Alves
- Miss International Portugal 2021 (first runner-up): Rita Reis
- Miss Grand Portugal 2021: Ana Ferreira

9.08.2021

Reacting To Andre Sleigh's "I'm so sick of these fucking Indonesians" Comment

 

Watch our group chat which was live streamed via Zoom on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 at 7:00 AM EST. My guests  include Peter Sereno of The Pageant Institute, Ko Phanasa of KP1Worldwide, and Hector Joaquin of The Hector Joaquin Show. We react to Miss Supranational Organization's Creative Director Andre Sleigh's comment that he made on social media which offended the Indonesian pageant fans. Andre has been receiving hateful comments and death threats from Indonesians after their contest, Jihane Chedid, failed to make the top five despite her immense popularity. Click banner to take you to the link.











9.01.2021

Miss South Africa 2020 Shudufhadzo Musida Launches Children's Book


© Provided by Cape Times


Miss South Africa Shudufhadzo Musida’s children’s book, Shudu Finds Her Magic, hits bookstores on Thursday, and for every book sold one will be donated.

Published by Jacana Media, Shudu Finds Her Magic is available in six languages and includes colourful illustrations by Chantelle and Burgen Thorne.

The book, which is aimed at children aged from 4 to 9, is inspired by Musida’s childhood and the bullying she experienced when she moved to a new province and a new school.

“The response and interest to the news that I had written a book has been phenomenal. I am over the moon that it is now available this week,” she said.

Musida has chosen her book as part of her Beauty with a Purpose project for Miss World 2021. As the reigning Miss South Africa 2020, she will be participating in the 70th edition of the Miss World pageant to be held on December 16, 2021 at the Coca-Cola Music Hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

For every book sold, one will be donated to Childline South Africa and the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) who help children with issues like bullying and depression. Copies will also be given to literacy organisations such as Biblionef which donate books to schools and libraries to help foster a love of reading.

Musida will also be hosting a series of virtual school readings and will do a countrywide tour to promote the book, subject to Covid-19 restrictions.

Shudu Finds Her Magic – which sells for R95 – is also available in Afrikaans (Shudu Vind Haar Sprankel), Sesotho (Shudu O Sibolla Boikgetho ba hae), Venda (Shudu u wana Vhuṱolo Hawe), Xhosa (uShudu u Fumanisa ukuba UnoMlingo) and Zulu (uShudu Uthola Umlingo Wakhe).

To find out more, visit https://jacana.co.za/shudu-finds-her-magic/

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-za/news/other/miss-sa-shudufhadzo-musida-launches-childrens-book/ar-AANYkId

8.29.2021

New Bolivia Queens For 2021




Bolivia just crowned two new stunning queens: Nahemi Uequin, Miss Bolivia Universe 2021 who will compete in Miss Universe 2021 in December in Israel, and Fernanda Rivero, Miss Bolivia World 2021 who will compete in Miss World 2021 in Puerto Rico on December 16.




Miss and Mr. England 2021



Liam Ulla (Mr. Dorset) won the Mr. England 2021 title while Rehema Muthamia (Miss All African Colours UK) was crowned Miss England 2021 during a joint Mr. & Miss England 2021 contest held on August 27. Muthamia will represent England in the next edition of Miss World which will take place in Puerto Rico on December 16. Ulla is expected to compete in the next edition of Mr. World whose date and venue have not been confirmed. (Photo courtesy: Miss England Organization)

8.22.2021

Reacting To Mister Supranational 2021 Production & Results

 

Watch my latest vlog where I react to Mister Supranational 2021 production and results. Click banner to go to the link.




Peru Wins Mister Supranational 2021



Varo Vargas, 31, makes history by becoming the first contestant from Peru to win the 2021 Mister Supranational title tonight in Malopolska, Poland.  Second placer is Togo’s Abdel Kacem Tefridj, followed by Venezuela’s William Badell, Nepal’s Santosh Upadhyaya and Spain’s Lucas Muñoz-Alonso. Vargas succeeds the outgoing titleholder from the United States, Nate Crnkovich.

Completing the top 10 were the contestants from the Dominican Republic, India, Indonesia, Malta and Mexico. Rounding up the top 20 were the contestants from Aruba, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Haiti, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico and Slovakia. Thirty-four countries competed in this year's competition.


Photo credit: Mister Supranational


 


8.21.2021

Reacting To The Official Results Of Miss Supranational 2021

 

This video reflects my raw reaction to the official results of Miss Supranational 2021 finals that took place in Malopolska, Poland on Saturday night, August 21, 2021. Namibia's Chanique Rabe was crowned the winner, even though she was not my favorite. I watched the live stream of the show on my laptop and I recorded the official results using my iPhone, thus you can see my reflection on the screen. LOL. Click banner to go to the link,






Namibia Wins Miss Supranational 2021

 

Photo credit: Missosology

Namibia's Chanique Rabe, 24,  bested 57 beauties from around the globe for the title of Miss Supranational 2021 on Saturday, August 21,  in Malopolska, Poland. She was crowned by outgoing queen Anntonia Porsild of Thailand during the event's glitzy finale at the Strzelecki Park Amphitheater in Nowy Sącz, Malopolska, Poland.

Rabe's court includes first runner-up Karla Guilfú Acevedo of Puerto Rico, second runner-up Thato Mosehle  of South Africa, third runner-up Valentina Sanchez Trivella of Venezuela, and fourth runner-up Eoanna Constanza of the Dominican Republic. Completing the top 12 were the delegates from Belgium, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Indonesia, Romania and India. 

Rounding up the top 24 were the contestants from Panama, Kenya, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, Ecuador, Thailand, Czech Republic, France, Japan, Brazil, Peru and El Salvador.

Rabe's win marks Namibia's only second major international crown. Michelle McLean, who represented Namibia, was crowned Miss Universe in 1992.

 





Interview With Ingrid Santamaria - Miss Universe Parañaque 2021

 

Get to know Ingrid "Sam" Santamaria who is representing the city of Paranaque at Miss Universe Philippines 2021 pageant.






8.14.2021

What We Think About Miss and Mister Supranational 2021


Watch what I and other pageant aficionados think about Miss and Mister Supranational 2021 competition. My guests include Peter Sereno of The Pageant Institute, Miss Supranational Australia 2015 Christiana Hicks and Ecuadorian fan and Canadian resident, Antonio Rivadeneira.




8.01.2021

Miss Iraq 2021 Crowned

 


Maria Farhad, representing Nineveh Plains, was crowned Miss Iraq 2021 in Baghdad last Friday. Twenty young women, mostly from the Kurdistan area, competed in the pageant. It is not clear if Farhad will compete internationally.

The last time Iraq competed internationally was at Miss Universe 2017 when Sarah Idan represented the war-torn country despite protests from hard-line Islamic groups.



Photos courtesy of Miss Iraq Organization

7.22.2021

Israel Will Host Miss Universe 2021 Competition

 

Software engineer Miss Mexico Andrea Meza beat out 73 other contestants to be crowned Miss Universe.                               Andrea Meza of Mexico was crowned Miss Universe 2020 in Florida last May 16


NEW YORK — Miss Universe is heading to Israel for its 70th competition.

The Miss Universe Organization announced Tuesday that the pageant will be held this December in the southern resort city of Eilat.

Steve Harvey will once again return as host.

The three-hour event will broadcast live on Fox in the U.S. and also in 180 countries and territories across the globe. It will end with the current Miss Universe, Mexico’s Andrea Meza, crowning her successor.

Meza, a former software engineer, has advocated for women’s rights and is also encouraging people to get the vaccine from COVID-19. Soon after she was named Miss Universe, Meza invited the media to cover her first vaccination shot in New York.

In a statement released by the Miss Universe Organization, Meza said she hopes “as many people as possible” get vaccinated so they can participate in the 70th Miss Universe contest. Meza was crowned Miss Universe in May, beating out Miss Brazil.

Previous winner Zozibini Tunzi fit the crown on Meza's head and waited to make sure it would stay in place as Meza beamed and took her first walk to the front of the stage.

Tunzi, a public relations professional who became the first Black woman from South Africa to win the contest, had held the title since December 2019. Last year's ceremony was postponeddue to the pandemic.


Source: USA Today, 7/20/201

7.11.2021

Binibining Pilipinas Crowns New Titleholders To Represent The Philippines In 2021 Pageants

 

From left to right: Maureen Montagne, Cinderella Obenita, Hannah Arnold, Samanthia Panlilio, Gabrielle Basiano and Meiji Cruz. (Courtesy of Bb. Pilipinas)


Four beautiful, intelligent, and eloquent Filipinas were crowned at the Grand Coronation Night of the Binibining Pilipinas 2021 pageant held last night, July 11 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

 

Hannah Arnold took home the Bb. Pilipinas International 2021 title, Samantha Panlilio was crowned Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2021, Cinderella Faye Obeñita won the title of Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2021, and Maureen Montagne earned the Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2021 crown. Meanwhile, Gabrielle Camille Basiano and Meiji Cruz were named Bb. Pilipinas 2021 1st Runner-up and Bb. Pilipinas 2021 2nd Runner-up, respectively.


Thirty-four women competed in this edition which had been postponed at least four times due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The show was co-hosted by Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and Miss Grand International 2016 first runner-up Nicole Cordoves.

 

For more information about Binibining Pilipinas, visit the new and improved https://www.bbpilipinas.com/. You can also download the new Bb. Pilipinas mobile app, it’s available for both Android and iOS users. You may also like and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also subscribe to Bb. Pilipinas on YouTube.








 

7.05.2021

INTERVIEW WITH SHIVALI PATEL - MISS SUPRANATIONAL USA 2020

 

Watch my interview with the amazing Shivali Patel, Miss Supranational USA 2020 who will compete in Miss Supranational 2021 pageant in Poland in August.






7.02.2021

NEW MEXICAN QUEENS FOR MISS WORLD AND MISS GRAND INTERNATIONAL 2021

 


Two new Mexican queens were crowned last night. Karolina Vidales was crowned Miss Mexico 2021 and will compete in Miss World 2021 pageant to take place in Puerto Rico in December.



Meanwhile, at the same event, Mariana Macías was crowned Miss Grand Mexico 2021 and will compete in Miss Grand International 2021 rumored to take place in October in Thailand.


Photo courtesy of Miss Mexico Organization

Interview With Felix Martin II - Mister Supranational USA 2021

 

Watch my interview with Felix Martin II, Mister Supranational USA 2021 who will represent the United States at Mister Supranational 2021 competition in Poland in August.




6.28.2021

TRANSWOMAN WINS MISS NEVADA USA 2021

 

PHOTOS FROM KATALUNA ENRIQUEZ'S INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT @mskataluna


Filipino-American model Kataluna Enriquez made history by becoming the first trans woman to qualify for Miss USA. She qualified for the pageant after being crowned Miss Nevada on June 28th, 2021 in Las Vegas.

The 27-year-old took to Instagram to share a picture from the event. She donned a sparkling rainbow-colored gown for the coronation night and wrote:

“In honor of pride month and all of those who don’t get a chance to spread their colors.”


The official account of Miss Nevada US also posted a picture of

Kataluna Enriquez alongside former Miss USA and current pageant director, Shanna Moakler.

Enriquez competed against 21 contestants in the Miss Nevada pageant and will be representing the region in the forthcoming Miss USA finals. 

Kataluna Enriquez hails from San Leandro, California and is currently based in Las Vegas, Nevada. After graduating from San Leandro High School in 2011, Kataluna Enriquez enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Las Vegas, where she studied fashion design.

Enriquez launched her own fashion brand Kataluna Kouture in 2016. In the same year, she went on to represent California in Transnation Queen USA and ended up winning the title on October 22nd, 2016 in Los Angeles.

Kataluna made it to Top 12 at Miss International Queen 2018, where she represented the US in Pattaya, Thailand. She also took part in Super Sireyna Worldwide in the same year.

She represented Hayward at Miss California USA in 2020. Last year, she began working at LGBTQ Health Care as a healthcare worker. Kataluna Enriquez came under the spotlight after being crowned Miss Silver State USA earlier this year.

She was also the first transgender woman to win the title that led her to compete in the Miss Nevada pageant. Enriquez told Fox5 at the time that the competition and victory was a “celebration of womanhood and diversity.”

Kataluna Enriquez is also a rising social media influencer. Besides representing her own brand, she often collaborates with other popular brands on Instagram. She has also amassed a remarkable following on other social media platforms.


Source: https://www.sportskeeda.com/pop-culture/who-kataluna-enriquez-everything-know-first-trans-woman-qualify-miss-usa

6.27.2021

Top 15 Performers Of 2020

 

In this vlog, I reveal the top 15 contestants that performed well at the three major pageants of 2020 - one conducted virtually (Miss Earth) and two conducted in person (Miss Grand International, Miss Universe). Click the banner to go to the link:






6.12.2021

How I Got A VIP Ticket To Miss Universe Finals

 

In this vlog, I explain how I got a VIP ticket to Miss Universe finals held on May 16, 2021 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Café in Hollywood, Florida. Click the banner to go to the link.




6.10.2021

Interview With Marisa Paige Butler - Miss Earth USA 2021

 

Watch my amazing interview with Marisa Paige Butler, Miss Earth USA 2021, and see how USA could win back-to-back Miss Earth crown this year!




6.06.2021

Miss Universe Ireland 2020 Nadia Sayers Shares Her Miss Universe Experience

 

Watch my follow-up interview with Miss Universe Ireland 2020 Nadia Sayers where she talks about her Miss Universe experience. Click the banner to go to the link. 







6.02.2021

Interview With Thato Mosehle - Miss Supranational South Africa 2020

 

Get to know Thato Mosehle, a medical doctor, who is representing South Africa in the next edition of Miss Supranational pageant to be held in Poland in August.

 


Interview With Filipino Designer & Pageant Blogger Jian Lasala

 


Get to know Jian Lasala, this talented designer who has dressed several African pageant queens and who also blogs about pageants.




5.28.2021

Meet Shouryaditya Singh - Mister Tourism World India 2021

 When eloquence meets charism, meet the alluring sensation of Indian male pageantry, Shouryaditya Singh



It is often said that a man’s charisma and appeal enhance when eloquence and intellect get added to it. Something similar happened this year, at India’s most celebrated male pageant - Rubaru Mr. India, when Jharkhand’s Shouryaditya Singh won the coveted title. Along with winning the title, he also topped the preliminary as well as the final interview segments of the contest by receiving the highest scores from all the members of the judging panel. This was confirmed by a public statement released by the Rubaru Mr. India organization. With this remarkable accomplishment, Shouryaditya Singh joined the elite league of the most eloquent and intellectual beauty pageant titleholders.


This year’s Rubaru Mr. India pageant followed a very intricate and complex selection process. The candidates had multiple rounds focusing on their communication skills and articulation. The first segment of the interview was made available to the public. It vividly portrayed Shouryaditya Singh’s concrete thought process and command over his words. He easily aced all these rounds and made his way straight to the winner’s title.


Shouryaditya Singh is the first Mr. India winner from the Indian state of Jharkhand. After winning the contest, he was signed by a London-based international modelling organization. Along with that, he has also been chosen to walk the ramp at the World Tourism Fashion Festival, launched in Italy. His winning package also bestowed him with the opportunity to serve as India’s representative at the international championship - Mister Tourism World, scheduled to happen at the end of the year.


Source: Rubaru Mr. India Organization and Newsfrenzy. Org.

5.27.2021

Interview With Chantal Wiertz - Miss Universe Curacao 2020

 

Watch my amazing interview with Chantal Wiertz, Miss Universe Curacao 2020 who placed in the top 21 of Miss Universe 2020 held in Hollywood, Florida last May 16. Chantal's platform is autism awareness which is seldom discussed in social circles. 




5.24.2021

Ankit Sharma Named The Most Handsome Man In India




April 8, 2021, witnessed the election of the most handsome man in the world’s largest democracy – India. Standing at a towering height of 6 ft. and 2 inches, Ankit Sharma hailing from the city of Jammu, was proclaimed the most handsome man in India, at the nation’s biggest and most celebrated male pageant – Rubaru Mr. India.

Ankit Sharma was announced the winner of the 17th edition of Rubaru Mr. India competition, culminated on April 8, 2021, at Hibis Resort in Goa, India. Along with winning the prestigious title of Rubaru Mr. India Worldwide 2020-21, he also won ‘Face of the Year’ special award, after unanimously receiving all the votes from the judging panel of the competition. He is also regarded as one of the most handsome Mr. India winners ever to get elected.

Ankit Sharma is a fashion model and entrepreneur in India. He holds a master’s degree in business administration and management. He took up modelling as a leisure activity while pursuing his higher education in business management, and subsequently established himself as a professional model. Apart from being a model, this academically driven Indian gentleman is also a successful entrepreneur and runs his own restaurant.

In 2020, he was selected to compete at Rubaru Mr. India contest, however, the pageant was postponed to 2021. The organization released an official statement that the winner of the contest would carry the title for both the years - 2020 and 2021. Thus, allowing Ankit to hold the Mr. India title for the years 2020 and 2021. Along with winning the title, he also won the opportunity of representing India at an international modelling competition.


Source: NewsFrenzy.org, 5/24/2021

 


5.23.2021

Another Filipino Fashion Designer Echoes Michael Cinco’s Rant About Miss Universe Canada Organization

 

RIAN FERNANDEZ


Filipino fashion designer Rian Fernandez has shared his harrowing experience with Miss Universe Canada Organization some years ago.

On Facebook, Fernandez broke his silence following the hullabaloos circulating the social media on how the Canadian team allegedly “deceived the great Michael Cinco, a well-renowned Filipino designer based in Dubai.”

“I just want to share the dreadful experience I had with them as well. An awful experience that almost cost my life!,” he said.

“I wanted my voice to be heard NOW because I am one with M5 when he mentioned that FILIPINO DESIGNERS SHOULD NO LONGER TRUST Miss Universe Canada Organization, under the directorship of Denis Martin Davila. I will not allow this VILE & CHEATERY of Denis to continue!”

A few days ago, Cinco called out Miss Universe Canada 2020 Nova Stevens and MGmode’s Migüel Martinez and Denis Martin Davila who allegedly spread fake news about his team as being “unprofessional.”

In there, he belied the claim that Stevens’ “unfitted” gowns arrived “late,” seemingly “to sabotage” her win.

But Stevens was quick to address the controversy she got embroiled in with Dubai-based Filipino renowned Fashion designer.

Anyway, Fernandez said he and Davila go way back. They had several collaborations before, but netizens only took notice of their partnership when he dressed Siera Bearchell during Miss Universe 2016.

“I know everyone remembered that white serpentine gown that was bashed online. Yes, I did that. Yes, I was criticized because of that! But I have another gown that I wanted her to wear for the finals. This was the brown high-slitted gown with sweetheart bustline that Nick Verreos, a famous US-based blogger, ranked 1st for the Miss Universe 2016 Red Carpet event worn by Cynthia Bailey. Since Denis mentioned that Siera wanted to wear the white serpentine gown, I just lent Cynthia the said gown. Just to know that Siera didn’t even see the brown gown! (BTW, Siera and I are still good friends, and I even made her wedding gown.)”

But that was not the “drama” yet, as he just left that all behind him because he felt that he has a “great collaborative relationship” with Davila, or so he thought.

According to him, sometime in September 2018, when Marta Stepien was just crowned as Miss Universe Canada, he and Davila were already discussing the gowns for the beauty queen.

To make sure that Stepien would have several options for her preliminary and final gowns (and other functions like red carpet and dinner events), he made five outfits in deep red, blue, green, gold, and nude.

He had shown those gowns to the two before the fitting.

“They said they were excited. So, my team & I went to Thailand on Nov. 28, 2018, for Marta’s fitting, then went back to Manila on the 30th. And returned to Thailand again on Dec. 9 to make sure that Marta will get all the assistance. My team and I stayed in Thailand for weeks… ALL EXPENSES FOR MY TEAM WAS SHOULDERED BY ME! The gowns were made out of love for the reason that Denis promised me that I will get the exposure & media mileage,” he said.

“But alas, the preliminary competition happened, and I was shock that Marta is wearing a Michael Cinco creation. I have nothing against M5 because he is an icon! My point is, we were promised by Denis that Marta will wear me to the preliminary and final competition because we have a group chat of continuous updates on how the 5 gowns are going.”

Since such thing happened, he asked Davila to return to him all the five gowns so that other ladies can wear his on the final night, even just for an “outfit of the day” backstage so that people will see the creations that he and his team worked hard for.

“Denis didn’t return the gowns (except for the one Miss Cambodia wore… the deep red gown) for he promised me that Marta will really wear me for the finals, but you all know that it didn’t happen and Marta still wore M5… THAT HE B*$H!+ ME TWICE!,” he said.

Fernandez said he was “devastated” and even cried in his hotel room.

“I FELT FRUSTRATED, CHEATED… and I questioned my talent and skill as a designer! Until the stress and anxiety level escalated, and I felt half of my body paralyzed. It was the scariest moment of my life. Luckily, there was this supporter of Catriona, a licensed Physical Therapist in Dubai, who helped me. If not, I might not have seen the light of day,” he shared.

After that incident, he never received any explanation or apology from their team, he continued.

“I know that I shouldn’t be counting the cost of that dreadful experience (both financially, mentally & psychologically) because I wanted to be part of Marta’s Miss Universe journey. To sir Michael Cinco’s point, a simple THANK YOU would do! But those 2 simple words that could have eased my anxiety was not even uttered by Denis Martin Davila, Marta Magdalena Stepien and Miss Universe Canada organization.”

He hopes it will be a lesson to all of the Filipino designers.

“Never shall we be scammed again by this MUC organization!”

Fernandez also sent his message to Denis and his team.

“Please have some gratitude and a little sense of professionalism when dealing with people who want to help your queen. Please have a little shame. May this be the end of your swindler personality!”

Source: Manila Bulletin, 5/24/2021


Filipino Designer Michael Cinco Calls Out Miss Universe Canada Team For Being ‘Ungrateful’

 

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 23) -- Dubai-based Filipino fashion designer Michael Cinco called out the Miss Universe Canada team after he was blamed for her failure to land in the semifinals of the Miss Universe pageant.



Cinco said the team has been spreading lies about him, including sabotaging Miss Canada Nova Stevens' chances in the international pageant.

“Now this is for you, to the whole Miss Canada team Migüel Martinez, Denis Martin Davila, and Miss Canada Organization and your ungrateful Miss Canada Nova Stevens,” said Cinco in a lengthy Facebook post on Saturday.

“You have been spreading fake news about me and my team being unprofessional days before the pageant but I chose to be quiet and calm. But this time, I need to stand up for me and my team, as it is just so unfair!” he added.

The fashion designer also posted a screenshot of a comment from an Instagram account named MG Mode, where it claimed that Cinco’s gowns arrived late.

“The gowns arrived on time. Or how could you have sent me photos and videos of her wearing them, showing how the gowns perfectly fitted her, days before each event,” said Cinco.

“You even posted a video of Nova in her last fitting and she was happy. You were forcing me to make Nova’s 26'' waist line to be cinched to 23'', which I obviously didn’t heed even if you said that in pageants, comfort doesn’t matter. But please don't say that her gown was ill-fitting,” he added.

Moreover, Cinco said that it was him who shouldered the photo shoots of Stevens while wearing his creations.

“Her life story was supposedly inspiring and I even went out of my way hiring a team of world-class photographer and filmmaker to shoot her in my couture gowns at a world-class location in Dubai just to give her extra publicity mileage and create for her a balance of glam and luxury as opposed to her humble homecoming in Africa. And everything in that shoot was paid for by me. Did you get that?” he said.

Cinco pointed out that other Miss Universe candidates who wore his designs, such as Miss Romania and Miss Czech Republic, expressed their gratitude to him. Even eventual winner Miss Mexico sent him a message, despite not being able to wear his gown both in the preliminary and finals night.

“But for Nova and your team, not only have I not got a curt ‘thank you,’ but even seemed so upset with me for (Steven) being eliminated in the pageant. Am I the judge?” said Cinco.

He also warned the team not to hire him or any Filipino designers anymore.

“You all are ungrateful, vile, and professional users. Next time don’t ask me or any Filipino designers to dress up your candidates. Ask your Canadian designers to showcase their works in world stage,” said Cinco.

For her part, Stevens said in a video she has nothing but “love” and “gratitude" towards Cinco.

“You have created the most beautiful gowns I could think of. I’ve never once imagined that I would work with you because you’re Michel Cinco. So the fact that I was able to work with you is honestly a highlight of my career as Miss Universe Canada,” she said. So I just want you to know that – that gratitude would never be diminished no matter what. And I’ll express that gratitude publicly and privately.”

Stevens has now made her Instagram account private.

Source: CNN, 5/23/2021