Fashion designerDomz Ramos has apologized publicly
In a setup where women are expected to be prim, proper, and perfect like beauty pageants, having grace under pressure isn’t enough, especially when you’re often criticized. Beauty contestants in a country like the Philippines are often under a lot mental and physical stress.
Ganiel Kristan and Pauline Robles (Photos: Mark Neto Diaz).
Ganiel Kanan, Miss World Philippines 2021 contestant, shared via social media her painful experience with a friend days after the coronation evening. “bully” fashion designer, Domz Ramos. In her post, the beauty diva called the experience “unnecessary”And “insensitive.”
The issue arose after the fashion designerA post shared on social media with the following: “Ms. World or nothing daw eh. Oh, ‘yan, 2nd Runner Up. Jivahhh.”Jerome Balute was a supporter and friend of the Filipino-Indian beauty Queen. “Even if he didn’t mention Ganiel Krishnan’s name in his post, it was clear as day that he was throwing shade at the beauty queen.”
“This is quite alarming because it has become a culture amongst Pinoy pageant fans to bash and bully candidates without considering the trauma it might cause to the bullied,”He continued. “It’s high time that we call out these people who find satisfaction over other people’s heartbreak and misery. What bothers me most is that he doesn’t even show remorse because this isn’t the first time he bullied a candidate. It discredits the sacrifice and hard work of the candidates and no one, regardless of his affiliation with any organization, has the right to invalidate the dream of any Filipina by bullying.”
Pauline Robles (a fellow MWP candidate) also shared a traumatic story. She said that she was traumatized by the incident. designerCalled her “‘ingrata,’ ‘attitude,’ ‘impakta,’ and so on.”
“With his actions, I have suffered mentally and emotionally. My family and friends know me, that I’ve always been an emotionally and mentally strong person but that incident has brought me to my lowest of lows. I’ve suffered drastic weight loss, insomnia, and low self-esteem. And because of that, I’ve almost [given] up my journey in MWP,”Pauline said.
“We highly respect you because of your contribution in the pageant industry, but what you’ve done to me, and the rest you have power tripped destroyed that respect,”She continued. “The bullying and power-tripping should be stopped. Tama na. Let’s not tolerate any form of bullying. No candidate deserves to be bullied. No one deserves to be bullied.”
Domz is known for providing swimsuits for the Binibining Pilipinas Pageant. Domz issued a statement October 5, 2021, to apologize and clarify the issue.
“First, I apologize to everyone who has been hurt by my remarks, especially Ms. Ganiel Krishnan, her pageant camp and fans, and indirectly, the Binibining Pilipinas organization. While I did not deny posting the statement, I would like to clarify that it was taken out of context,”He said.
“The statement in the screenshot read, ‘Ms. World or nothing daw eh. Oh, ‘yan, 2nd Runner Up. Jivahhh.” What critics failed to share, however, was the post that followed, which read, ‘But I think she deserves a crown. Oh jivah.’ By itself, the initial comment could be construed as insensitive and my way of bashing Ms. Krishnan,” Domz added. “Even as I agree that it might have appeared as such, I deny that it was meant to insult or abuse her. On the contrary, it was made out of my disappointment that she did not win a major title.”
The designerHe also mentioned his love for broadcaster-beauty-queen, since her 2016 Mutya ng Pilipinas pageant, where she won the Asia-Pacific International Crown. He expressed his desire for Ganiel, his favorite national pageant, to join Binibining Pilipinas.
“I apologize for my carelessness and beg for the forgiveness of those who have been hurt and offended, and pray that people would take my sentiment as a whole and not condemn me over this matter for one screenshot. This has been a humbling learning experience for me,” Domz ended.
On Oct. 3, 2021, MWP 2021 pageant crowned Tracy Maureen Perez from Cebu as the Philippines’ representative to Miss World 2021 pageant happening in Puerto Rico. The local pageant’s Second Princess, Ganiel, resigned from her title on Oct. 5, 2021 to prioritize her career as a journalist.
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