International fashion designer Michael Cinco took to social media to air his sentiments against the whole Miss Universe Canada team for allegedly using him.
“It is common knowledge, I believe, that I am a very positive person. I never go into rants as it is just not me. I try to find humor in any adverse situation that I think warrants my time and attention. And the need to comment. I don’t normally respond to unnecessary social media rants or any negative criticisms about my work but this one caught my ire as it seems to put uncalled for blame on my team week after Miss UNIVERSE. The audacity of truth to be told when it is bereft of it.. Now this is for you to the whole Miss CANADA Team Migüel Martinez, Denis Martin Davila, Natalie Glebova Dean Kelly and Miss CANADA Organization and your ungrateful Miss CANADA Nova Stevens..” the Filipino designer wrote.
On Instagram, @Mgmode, an independent public relations agency that handles Miss Universe Canada, lambasted Cinco: “The truth need to be told! The gown was sent late by Michael’s team, and when it arrived none of them fitted. We are responsible to fixed the one for the finals but the one for prelims and we didn’t have time. We went to Dubai 2 times, to prevent such mistake since it happen to us as well with Argentine’s gown last year @marianajvarela and Uruguay @fionatenutavanerio. Such as terrible mistake should not have happen. We love Michael. But this was inexplicable. At the same time they had time to custom made a gown for another delegate who checked in with her custom made Michael Cinco gown. Things don’t add up! sadly!
Below is Cinco’s response:
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.
2. 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 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 was PAID FOR BY ME. Did you get that?
3. THIRDLY, if it doesn’t add up to you, then i’ll add Miss ROMANIA, Miss MEXICO and Miss CZECH REPUBLIC who all wore couture gowns from my latest collection in Preliminaries. Sadly, it is NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS. Let me just add that they are endlessly thankful. The new Miss UNIVERSE Andrea Meza of MEXICO who was not able to wear my gown at either nights, even took time to send me a THANK YOU message right after her coronation. Miss ROMANIA Bianca Trilsin even sent me a video message and was very grateful and is even planning to come to Dubai next week to meet me and THANK me personally. Miss CZECH REPUBLIC was so humble and honored to wear my gown. Former Miss Universe 2017 DEMI-LEIGH TEBOW was so gracious to send me video greeting and thanked me for the gown she wore.
STOP blaming me for Nova’s not making it to the Top 21 in Miss UNIVERSE. In fact, she did not wear my gown to the prelims as you were earlier posting that she will wear another gown. And now YOU’RE TELLING ME that her PRELIMS GOWN KILLED HER to advance to the finals. Am I to be blamed for that?
I dressed up most A-List HOLLYWOOD Celebrities, Royalties and wealthiest clients and they only have one rule im fashion…IF THE DRESS DON’t FIT, DON’T WEAR IT!!! SIMPLE AS THAT.
And lastly, here is the TRUTH TO BE TOLD…YOU and your team have been USING me for the past 3 consecutive years to dress up your candidates WITHOUT PAYING ME ANY CENTS! A SIMPLE THANK YOU NOTE FROM NOVA, YOU AND YOUR TEAM would have sufficed. But you don’t have the grace and decency to do that. YOU ALL ARE UNGRATEFUL, VILE and a professional USERS. Next time don’t ask me or any FILIPINO designers to dress up your candidates. Ask your Canadian designers to showcase yout works in world stage…STOP scamming FILIPINO designers…HOW DARE YOU…SHAME ON YOU and your whole CANADIAN Team…