Michael Cinco took to Facebook to respond to the recent complaints of MGMode Communications creative director Migüel Martinez. The two collaborated with Miss Universe Canada 2020 Nova Stevens in her Miss Universe 2020 journey.
Cinco is originally from Catbalogan, Samar, Philippines and is now based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates while Martinez is originally from Venezuela and is now based in Canada. Born in 1993 in Kenya to South Sudanese parents, Stevens moved to Canada in 1999.
Stevens was unplaced in Miss Universe 2020. Martinez wrote his complaints on Instagram but the post is no longer available so here is Cinco’s lengthy response in case it gets deleted, too:
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, and Miss CANADA Organization and your ungrateful Miss CANADA Nova Stevens. You have been spreading fake news about me and my team being unprofessional days before the pageant but I chose to be quiet and calm. But this time, I need to stand up for me and my team, as it is just so UNFAIR!
In my whole career as FASHION DESIGNER I have been bashed and criticized a lot of times by many fashion critics and sometimes fellow designers hurl insulting comments on my designs but I deemed them hazards of the trade and just took them all with a grain of salt. But this time I strongly take offense as it involves my team and my credibility. Not to mention, the eventual realization that I have been used and SCAMMED by these low lives PSEUDO GLAM TEAM…
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.
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 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?
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. But for NOVA and your team, not only have I not got a curt THANK YOU but even seemed so upset with me for being eliminated in the pageant. AM I THE JUDGE?
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 all over the world and they only have ONE RULE in fashion…IF THE DRESS DON’t FIT, DON’T WEAR IT!!! SIMPLE AS THAT. GET IT??? And mind you all of them know how to say THANK YOU…
And LASTLY, here is the real TRUTH TO BE TOLD…YOU and your team have been USING me and taking advantage of my kindness for the past 3 consecutive years to dress up your candidates WITHOUT PAYING ME ANY CENTS! You don’t even pay the courier or any other charges. 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 professional USERS. Next time don’t ask me or any FILIPINO designers to dress up your candidates. Ask your Canadian designers to showcase their works in world stage…I DON’T NEED YOU in my career and dressing up your candidates WILL NOT HELP MY BUSINESS. STOP taking advantage of my KINDNESS and STOP scamming FILIPINO designers…HOW DARE YOU…SHAME ON YOU and your whole CANADIAN Team…#sorelosers#moveon#attentionseekers#lifeisnotallaboutMissUniverse