Miss Universe 2023: Director Defends Mariana Downing Amid Preliminary Controversy

2023-11-16 16:35:00

As a “confusion”, this is how Magali Febles defined what happened with the representative of the Dominican Republic, Mariana Downing, on the catwalk of the Miss Universe 2023 preliminary.

The dress and the gala catwalk were the most repeated themes in the criticism issued towards the Dominican beauty.

“I don’t really know what happened, she (Mariana) explained to me a part which was that there was a confusion on her part in the interpretation,” explained the director of Miss Dominican Republic through a broadcast on Instagram.

Magali highlighted that near the stage there is a person with a glove that indicates where the candidates have to go, and this led to confusion.

“There is a person who stands with a glove and tells you to go left or right. I think we had already seen that in a previous video where she saw herself asking where she had to go, whether to the right or to the left,” she added.

She took the opportunity to make it clear that it is a situation that is impossible to control, neither the public nor she as director can do so.

In his brief explanation, he detailed that he tried to stop Mariana from leaving the stage, but it was too late.

“In my experience, I think Mariana entered because the evaluation reached the point where she stopped,” he clarified.

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Support for Mariana

Magali insisted that Dominicans have to give Mariana all their support, since this influences the model’s state of mind.

“Do not get carried away by gossip or pages that like to create controversy and defame so they can gain their followers,” he said.

About the preliminary

The Miss Universe 2023 preliminary was held last Thursday night at the Alfonso Pineda gym in San Salvador.

The more than 80 candidates for the universal crown paraded in evening dresses and swimsuits.

In a previous video, the director of Miss RD had already referred to the criticism of Mariana’s participation, highlighting that “no one can criticize her participation.”

“Wait for them to choose the 20, for them to say on Saturday whether she qualified or not before starting to judge and start accusing me,” Magali said.

traditional costume parade

This Thursday night, all the representatives will parade in typical dress and on Saturday, November 18, there will be the final gala in which the new owner of the Miss Universe crown will be known.

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