Vickie Rushton, wala ng chance sa Miss International crown?

PHOTOS: @vimrushton on Instagram

PHOTOS: @vimrushton on Instagram

Ikinalungkot ng mga Pinoy pageant fans ang recent announcement ng Miss International organization na direktang makaka-apekto kay Binibining Pilipinas 2020/2021 frontrunner na si Vickie Rushton. 

Marami kasi ang umaasang ang former Pinoy Big Brother housemate na ang makokoronahang Binibining Pilipinas-International sa April 17 at kakatawan sa bansa sa Miss International pageant sa Japan later this year.

However, sa livestream ng pageant website na Missosology nitong weekend, inanunsyo ni Miss International director Stephen Diaz ang age requirement sa kanilang pageant na 18 to 28 years old.

Sinabi ni Diaz na ang bawat kalahok ay required na “18 years old by the time she arrives in the host country and should be 28 years old by the pageant night."

Vickie is turning 29 years old sa darating na Mayo, which makes her technically not eligible for the pageant, which coronation night will take place in Japan in November, anymore.

Paliwanag ni Diaz, iyon na daw kasi ang nakasaad sa mga kontrata na pinirmahan nila at ng mga national directors na may hawak ng Miss International franchise. 

“Right now, based on the contract that we have sent, and those who have already signed up and paid for the franchise, that is the understanding,” pahayag ng pageant director. 

Nilinaw din n’ya ang ilang issue na naglabasan tungkol nga sa age requirement sa mga pageant contestants. 

“Maybe you're hearing some rumors from different people about change in age and stuff like that. You have to be very aware that the national organization has no power to dictate the age limit of our pageant. It's our [Miss International Organization] pageant so they have to adhere to the rules and regulations that we have set up,” pahayag n’ya. 

May paliwanag din s’ya para sa kaparehong kaso ngayon ng actress and aspiring beauty queen na si Vickie na turning 29 years old na.

"To set the record straight, we actually considered accepting girls who would've turned 29 before the pageant happens. But this was probably thought about more than half a year ago, around July or August.”

Pero dahil naurong na daw ang pageant sa November, kailangan nilang mag-stick sa age limit na nakasaad sa kanilang kontrata. 

“Because we are still hoping that we could do the pageant around January, February, or March [2021]. But it just got moved further so sorry to say, we just stick with the age limit that we have already established in the contract,” aniya.

Nagkomento din si Diaz sa isang IG post ng pageant page na Titas of Pageantry upang magdagdag paliwanag.

“It’s really hard to increase the age limit considering the situation right now,” sey n’ya. “What if kung postponed na naman? Nobody knows what will happen next, kaya the board has decided to keep the status quo in the original contract, and it’s reasonable naman. So, it’s 18 to 28…”

SCREENSHOT: @titasofpageantry on Instagram

Wala pang pahayag ang kampo ni Vickie o maging ang Binibining Pilipinas sa announcement na ito ng Miss International organization.

Ang Binibining Pilipinas-International crown na ang pinakamataas na korona ng Binibining Pilipinas pageant matapos umalis at magkaroon ng stand-alone pageant ang Miss Universe Philippines last year.

Isa ang Pilipinas sa maituturing na pinakamatagumpay na bansang lumalahok sa Miss International beauty derby matapos manalo ng anim na beses—Gemma Araneta in 1964, Aurora Pijuan noong 1970, Melanie Marquez in 1979, Lara Quigaman noong 2005, Bea Rose Santiago in 2013, and Kylie Verzosa in 2016.

 

 

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