Jehza Huelar made it to the top 10 in the Miss Supranational pageant held last December 8 in Poland. On December 11, in an Instagram post about the event, she revealed that she had a gown malfunction.
Together with a video of her graceful walk, Jehza’s message reads: “Grace under pressure. Went out [to] the stage wearing this light, stretchable with durable zipper gown. Minutes after [the] announcement of [the] Top 10, I realized that my gown is ripped...that’s why I was the last one to come out (statement to [be released] soon). The unfortunate event didn’t bother me at all. Worry less, focus more—that was the only thought I had in my mind.”
As questions arose about what happened to her gown, today, December 16, she released her statement on Instagram. Jehza reveals that the evening gown was made by Kannah Simbulan of KNH Designs, and describes it as made of “very light and durable double stretched fabric” that fits her perfectly. She states, “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.”
She then relates what happened on finals night: “As for the gown’s malfunction, I would like to emphasize that everything can happen during a live telecast. 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 in 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.
“After I was called into the Top 10, I rushed backstage to change into my evening gown. Amidst several things happening backstage, I tried to zip myself up; however, I struggled to find the zipper on my own. A staff from the show helped me but we still [couldn’t] close my dress properly. Since I was already being called [to the] stage, several people joined to help but the tugging and pulling from multiple directions only made the situation worse. Already pressed for time, the people helped me decide to just pin the back of my dress as a workaround to keep it closed. Nonetheless, I went onstage and gave the best possible walk that I can deliver at that moment.”
Jehza clarifies that she is not insinuating a sabotage plot, and reiterates she trusts the work of the 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.”
She even ends her statement on an inspiring note. “May this experience remind us that setbacks are simply opportunities that set us up for a strong comeback.”