Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray has resumed accepting applications for her course on Nas Academy, after the online learning platform resolved its much-publicized conflict with Filipino tattoo artist Whang-Od.
In an Instagram post on Saturday, November 13, the beauty queen announced that the “Catriona Gray Academy” was returning, and invited interested participants from all over the world to join the online workshop.
“I can’t wait to meet all of my students! And I’m so proud of seeing the sense of community my existing students have created, supporting each other and encouraging each other as they navigate their individual paths to success,” she wrote.
Titled “How To Be A Queen,” the first course offering from “The Catriona Gray Academy” will see Gray help participants “speak your mind, build self-confidence, overcome insecurities, and win over challenges.”
In August 2021, Gray, through her label Cornerstone Entertainment, announced that her online course would be put on hold “until the issue of Whang-Od has been fully resolved.”
The postponement came after Nas Academy was criticized for posting a purported online course on traditional tattooing featuring Whang-Od, which Whang-Od’s grandniece, Grace Palicas, called a “scam.” Though the academy took down the course in response, it insisted that it had gotten consent, showing a video of Whang-Od affixing her thumbprint onto a contract.
The online platform then announced that they would pause their operations in the Philippines as the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples-Cordillera Administration Region (NCIP-CAR) investigated the conflict. The NCIP-CAR later affirmed that Whang-Od had not consented to the course.
Cornerstone Entertainment said that now that the issue between Nas Academy and Whang-Od and the Kalinga community has been resolved, they are pleased to announce the reopening of the Catriona Gray Academy.
“In this light, we have agreed to continue the partnership with the aim of making a positive impact [on] the lives of Filipinos through education,” the management said in a statement.
Gray is the first of the invited personalities to resume her courses on the online learning platform.
Other personalities who were shown to have upcoming courses on Nas Academy before the controversy included journalist Jessica Soho; fashion designer Michael Cinco; content creators and online personalities Erwan Heusaff, James Deakin, Mavrick Bautista, and Carlo Ople; singer Moira dela Torre; photographer Jason Magbanua; and finance motivational speaker Chinkee Tan.
Soho earlier announced that she would be backing out of hosting a course on Nas Academy. It remains unclear whether the other online courses will resume. – Rappler.com