The teen who received Miss Bulgaria’s gown received negative comments saying she’s not poor enough to deserve the gown.
Miss Bulgaria Violina Ancheva was happy to
give her Sherri Hill gown to 15-year old Pinay Zyra Nicole Cifra but not
everyone agrees with the beauty queen’s choice. There were netizens criticizing
Zyra Nicole’s family and said she doesn’t deserve the gown because they’re not
In a message sent to CNN Philippines, the
beauty queen came to her defense and said they should stop the bashing and
should respect her decision.
"It's hard to believe that it is
possible for somebody to write negative and rude comments to a 15-year-old
girl. The decision to give this dress to this girl was mine and you have to
respect my decision," she said.
“You teach me that we have to be better
person and one day, all of us can be in need. We have to be ready to help each
other, not to be rude. People, please stop,” she added.
Zyra Nicole will wear the gown on her prom.
Aside from the gown, she also received a makeover from makeup artist RB Chanco,
who was Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere’s makeup artist during the pageant.
Main photo credit to Violina Ancheva's Facebook account