Embattled Miss Philippines-Earth Imelda Schweighart will resign and give up her crown which she won in June 2016.
In an interview at CNN Philippines, Miss Earth organizer Lorraine Schuck revealed that the Philippine entry to the Miss Earth International pageant will be returning her crown.
Schuck said the mother of Schweighart has decided that her daughter give up the title. The decision was made, Schuck said, in an effort to diminish the bashing the pageant winner has been getting from a video of her finding fault in newly crowned Miss Earth 2016 Katherine Espin from Ecuador.
“Yung nanalo, peke ilong, peke pa baba, peke pa (as she points to chest). Miss Earth, dapat natural ‘di ba?,” Schweighart told her screaming fans, who were waiting for her outside the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City last October 29. She did not mention the name of Espin in the viral video but observers believed she was alluding to the Ecuadorean beauty queen.
In the interview, Schweighart apologized to Espin: “I’m sorry I didn’t mean to offend Miss Ecuador.”
She also stirred controversy early this month when Schweighart compared President Rodrigo Duterte with Hitler.
“Oh my God, our president is doing Hitler stuff here in the Philippines,” the 21-year-old student said in a Facebook Live video chat. She has since apologized for this incident.
Schweighart is 21 years old and a theater arts student.