Miss Canada Nova Stevens and her glam team trended a few days ago, and not because of the reasons you thought it would be.
Filipino and Dubai-based fashion designer Michael Cinco dropped a giant bomb as he reveals an unpleasant experience he had to endure while affiliated with the Miss Universe Canada Organization.
Michael Cinco enumerates the grounds behind his posts, such as:
“1. FIRSTLY, 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. 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 dont say that her gown was ill-fitting.
SECONDLY, the insinuation that my team was trying to sabotage her win, is just absurd. Her life story was supposedly inspiring and I even went out of my way hiring a team of world-class photographer and film maker 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?”
What’s more, Miss Universe Canada and the Canada glam team kept on spreading false allegations that the world-class Filipino fashion designer intentionally sabotaged Miss Canada’s Nova Stevens’ chances to win the Miss Universe 2020 crown.
Rian Fernandez, another Filipino designer, shared that he also had a terrible experience with MUC. In 2018, Canada Marta Magdalena Stepien and the team contracted Fernandez to produce five gowns for Stepien. However, none of those gowns ever made it, as the MUC chose Cinco’s dresses instead.
“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 competitions. After that incident, I never received any explanation or apology from their team,” Rian wrote.
After acquiring much backlash, the MUC Organization released an official public apology on Instagram.
They clarified that they could never commit to any specific designs for any particular event.
That they always do their best to extend their gratitude towards fashion designers like Fernandez and Cinco but also recognized that there is a place for improvement, “based on recent online statements.”
Followers who have read the statement shared their thoughts that, ultimately, it is MGMODE’s fault. Furthermore, pulling out the victim’s card after tarnishing someone’s reputation is an act of hypocrisy.
Here is the complete statement from the Miss Universe Canada Organization.