Miss Earth 2016 and the controversial yellow Almodal gown (Photo credit: Joy Arguil)
I will get straight to the point here regarding the highly controversial yellow gown that was originally meant to be worn by Imelda Schweighart during the Miss Earth 2016 finals. There are a few nagging questions that still leave me hanging till now. I know that the smart-alecks have ready replies to counter the same. But I just need to let them out because I know of extra sensitive details that cannot be blogged about. Yet.
Screenshot of part of Leo Almodal’s response
Photo credit: Joel Maniquis
Based on the above screenshot of Leo Almodal’s reply to the issue, here’s Question #1.
If – as the Designer clearly specified – a period of three months is required to completely finish a lavish gown, then why accept the extremely risky challenge of coming up with a new one for Katherine Espin in just a matter of days? Leo’s reputation is at stake, and in any business, calculated moves are crucial in accepting orders. He said that he tried to do the impossible. Why go to the extent? Was he already compromised because of the downpayment he received (the alleged cost of the gown is PhP175,000.00 so do the math on the d/p)?
More of Leo Almodal’s reply
Now in the reply above, it was clear that he made a sponsorship commitment to dress up Imelda Schweighart. No need to talk about not receiving a single centavo as payment or who owns the gown in the first place. A commitment is a commitment no matter what. And if we put a price tag on the media and publicity mileage that the Almodal brand got from the KF beauty queens for several years now, the figure will definitely be up there by now. My question is this: What will Katherine Espin wear if the scenario is that Imelda Schweighart made it up until the Evening Gown competition and wore the yellow number? I’m really curious because the Ecuadorian lass already gave earnest money for a brand new creation.
Part of the reply of KF’s Georgette Garrido
Georgette Garrido of KF also posted his version of what happened backstage. It was apparent that Katherine Espin was supposed to wear a new red one and not yellow. But since the partially-paid red number was not finished on time, she was made to slip into the yellow gown instead after Miss Philippines was no longer called to the Top 16. Information has now reached me that Katherine is very disappointed with everything that has happened about the gown she already shelled out money for. Good thing she eventually won the title. Here’s my question: Could this be why she is allegedly considering filing a complaint? And why Leo is (according to several screenshots of a chat posted by Imelda’s brother) so mad at Imelda after the latter uploaded a video of her fitting the yellow gown?
I feel iffy uploading this particular post. But I believe that these are angles to the whole issue that need to be discussed, even at the expense of making me look naive to some of you, dear readers.
P.S. Now this one is starting to get spooky. I was told that Imelda Schweighart and family are now receiving death threats (see screenshot below as posted by Imelda’s brother). Why on earth should it reach this point?