Leona Lewis: Michael Costello, Designer Who Called Out Chrissy Teigen, 'Humiliated' Her
Written by Black Voices on June 16, 2021
Only a day after accusing Chrissy Teigen of “cyber slander,” designer Michael Costello has been hit with allegations about his personal behind-the-scenes habits.
In an Instagram Story shared Tuesday, British pop singer Leona Lewis mentioned Costello made her really feel “very awkward and uncomfortable” earlier than a 2014 trend present when his group refused to change a costume to her measurement.
“This got here as a complete shock as a result of weeks prior I used to be advised that they’d make the costume work for me,” Lewis wrote, as seen in screenshots captured by Individuals and different shops. “On the subsequent becoming, the evening earlier than the present, with no rationalization in any respect, Michael refused to show up. He not wished to decorate me and he deserted his commitments to me and the present which made me nicely conscious that I wasn’t the physique sort required.”
The three-time Grammy nominee mentioned the alleged incident left her “embarrassed and deeply damage.”
“As a result of I didn’t appear to be a mannequin measurement, I used to be not permitted to stroll in his costume,” she continued. “I bear in mind having to give you excuses as I used to be so humiliated by all of it. I really feel like I used to be made to look as if I pulled out and was being troublesome and as an [effect] of these actions I suffered rather a lot, each personally and professionally.”
Costello, who competed on the eighth season of “Mission Runway” and later “Mission Runway All-Stars,” responded to Lewis’ claims on his personal Instagram Tales.
After noting he doesn’t “take accusations of physique shaming calmly,” the designer wrote, “If I did unintentionally damage you and also you continued to help me, I need to apologize to you instantly.”
“All of that is very surprising for me to listen to since you’ve continued to put on me, tag me, and requested for one more costume even final month,” he added, in accordance with a transcript of the Instagram Story posted by Simply Jared, a celeb information web site.
Lewis’ accusations got here roughly 24 hours after Costello made bullying claims about Teigen, who was already dealing with backlash after Courtney Stodden accused her of harassing them on Twitter.
After Teigen apologized for her feedback to Stodden in a Medium weblog, Costello fired again with an Instagram testimonial through which he mentioned he “has ideas of suicide” over what he described because the mannequin and cookbook creator’s makes an attempt to destroy his profession.
“Once I reached out to Chrissy Teigen to speak that I used to be the sufferer of a vindictive cyber slander, and the all the things she thought I used to be just isn’t who I’m, she advised me that my profession was over and that each one my doorways might be shut from there on,” he wrote. “And wow, did she dwell as much as her phrases.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, Teigen had not responded publicly to Costello’s allegations.
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