MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-German Imelda Schweighart has resigned from her duties as Miss Philippines Earth 2016.
According to a report from ABS-CBN, Imelda and her mother met with Lorraine Schuck, executive vice president of Carousel Productions. The organizers accepted her resignation around 5:52 pm.
In an interview with CNN Philippines on Monday, October 31, Imelda apologized for the video that went viral on social media, which shows her saying negative things about winner Katherine Espin (Miss Ecuador).
“If it’s a crime to tell the truth, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to offend Miss Ecuador,” Imelda said.
“I don’t know her enough but she was my roommate,” she added.
In the video, Imelda could be seen telling fans after the competition: “Yung nanalo peke ilong, peke baba, peke boobs! Miss Earth, dapat natural.”
See the video below via Pageantology on Facebook:
(The winner has [a] fake nose, fake chin, fake breasts. Miss Earth, should be natural.)
Imelda did not make the top 16 at this year’s international competition held at the Mall of Asia Arena last Saturday, October 29.
Imelda also spoke up about the video of her wearing the gown that Katherine used during the competition, which she said she was originally supposed to wear.
“Honestly, I’m not bitter. I’m just offended. Why? Because the gown that I was supposed to wear was given to Ecuador. I was fitted the gown. I was just so offended. That time, I’m still in the heat of the moment, the gown that was placed in Miss Philippines’ cubicle was taken. That box, my gown named after me… I wasn’t able to wear it. Even Miss Guam made me borrow her gown… because I have nothing to wear,” she said.
Imelda had been having a tumultuous Miss Earth season in the last stretch before the international pageant last Saturday, October 29. She was recently criticized for her comments on President Rodrigo Duterte and Adolf Hitler. She has since apologized for her statements. – Rappler.com