Most people remember the Zara dress controversy at the Miss Universe contest.
The Hungarian contestant, Viktória Jázmin, faced serious backlash for wearing a Zara dress during the stage appearance at the international Miss Universe pageant, Daily News Hungary wrote. She would have originally worn a dress designed by Richard Alexander Atelier, but the designer could not enter the country due to the pandemic. The dress could have been sent to Israel, but the three-piece creation also had to be altered to fit the contestant. This is why Viktória had no choice but to order a Zara dress online.
Now, she talked to Fókusz about the challenges and how she felt about the unfortunate situation. She said that she should not even talk about what had happened because her contract includes a clause that forbids her from talking about the organising of the competition. Now, she could lose her title and her crown, but she wants to speak out and let people know what had happened. “I couldn’t speak, and it’s like they have their finger at your neck, and they’re always pushing you down. It’s a terrible feeling when I really put in 200%, I was just trying to represent a country,” she said.
Many people made fun of her and blamed her, not realising that the full responsibility was not hers. Other pageants had a team, make-up artists, stylists, and took many suitcases for the event. Jázmin had to take care of everything. The Hungarian organisers bought her only her plane ticket, but all other costs, including paying for the luggage, was her issue to deal with.
She signed up for the competition a day before and was crowned Miss Universe Hungary the following day. For the international round, others had enough time to prepare, while the Hungarian girl only had three weeks. The model says that nobody respects her now. Even when she was at the airport on her way to the contest, the organisers sent her a picture of her ticket. She found out at the airport that she had to pay extra fees for her luggage. And she paid for all other costs, too.
She says it is not about the dress but about letting her down. She chose and bought a Zara dress as the last resort. She even wanted to give up and not participate, but the organisers insisted that she take part in the contest. She is now speaking out on the issues she faced because she thinks the same could happen to others as well.
Source: DNH, RTL