Though the unexpected wardrobe malfunction remains a mystery to her, the 23-year-old beauty queen isn’t convinced that the incident was a result of a sabotage plot.
Miss Supranational Philippines Jehza Huelar has finally broken her silence on her controversial wardrobe malfunction that took place during the pageant’s finals night held December 7 in Krynica-Zrój, Poland.
Through her Instagram Stories, the 23-year-old beauty queen shared that her outfit, a silver beaded gown made by local bridal shop KNH Designs, was ripped apart at the zipper right before she was called to join the ten finalists on stage.
With no other choice left, Jehza was forced to make her entrance with her gown pierced together by her glam team with huge pins.
While she incredibly handled the pressure with grace, speculations of a sabotage plot were soon linked to the incident — prompting the Davaoeña to release an official statement in light of the controversy last Saturday.
“In preparation for the pageant with careful consideration of its requirements, we studied the aesthetics and quality of the body of work of every designer. After carefully deliberating with my creative team, we reached out to select Filipino designers that we wanted to collaborate with. We were involved in the conceptualization of every gown we used, and the designers were also successful in meeting the deadlines we set,” explained Jehza in a lengthy Instagram caption.
According to the beauty queen, she was just as involved as KNH Designs in conceptualizing to the making of her evening gown.
“Since I was involved in the creation of my evening gown, I can attest that all the materials used are of high quality and the craftsmanship was impeccable. I am impressed by Ms. Simbulan’s quality of work and I am looking forward to collaborate with her for my upcoming projects,” wrote Jehza.
This being the case, however, Jehza said that the possibility of a wardrobe malfunction — and a plotted sabotage, at that — shouldn’t be ruled out.
“During rehearsals, I wore the gown multiple times and the gown worked perfectly. I was even able to hang and fix my looks for the show in our dressing room prior to the actual show. Just like any pageant, our dressing room was open and full of people. No personal assistants were allowed inside our dressing rooms, hence no one can always have complete visibility of our items,” said Jehza.
In the end, the Philippines’ bet clarified that she‘s not throwing accusations of a sabotage on her part.
“I would like to clarify that we are not insinuating in any way that the malfunction of my gown is a result of a sabotage plot. I also would like to reiterate that I trust the work quality of my chosen designer. There are several circumstances beyond anyone’s control during a live performance. I do not want any unnecessary accusations thrown at any of the parties involved as the incident was only a result of multiple uncontrollable factors,” cleared Jehza.
Despite ultimately being bested by Valeria Vasquez Latorre of Puerto Rico for the crown, Jehza is thankful for the support she has earned throughout her journey.
“I am very grateful to everyone who supported me during this journey. I would not have made it this far without my dedicated creative team and the designers who entrusted their beautiful creations to us. May this experience remind us that setbacks are simply opportunities that set us up for a strong come back. Maraming salamat po at mahal ko kayo!,” concluded Jehza.