TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO produced one of the worst costumes in the recently concluded Miss Universe pageant.
According to Lawrence Yee, Senior Content Producer, (Front Page), Editorial Producer (Yahoo! Sports) and Programming Manager at Yahoo!, Woods' costume is one of the top 20 worst costumes. The review was posted to Yahoo TV yesterday at 4.24 a.m. and can be viewed at http://tv.yahoo.com/slideshow/603/photos/1.
"Miss Trinidad & Tobaga (sic)-Clearly, "understated" isn't part of Latoya Woods's vocabulary," Yee said in his review of Woods' costume.
Woods' costume was titled "Calypso" and was designed by Tribe's Monique Nobrega and independent designer Douglas John. The fabric was hand painted by local designer Heather Jones.
"What does the website mean by that?" Tribe bandleader Dean Ackin queried when the Express contacted him yesterday.
"If they mean overstated, then they are criticising Trinidad and Tobago, they are criticising our people and they are criticising our culture. This comment comes from a random website and not from an official Miss Universe pageant source, therefore it should not be taken seriously. The website does not know about us as a people or our country," he added.
Local franchise holder Ian Lee said that directors of the pageant commended the costume, adding that Yee's comment was "random and contrary".
The unranked list included USA, Zambia, Turkey, Switzerland, France, Japan, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Kosovo and Spain.
The Express was told that Nobrega was out of the country when Tribe's office was contacted yesterday. A number given for John who is in the country, was out of service.
It was Woods' costume that wowed Sports Minister Anil Roberts into donating $100,000 to her on behalf of his ministry to cover her expenses earlier this month.
Woods failed to make it past the first round of the contest on Monday night, which was held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Jimena Navarrete, 22, of Mexico, took the crown, while Jamaican Yendi Phillips placed second.
Woods, a 24-year-old psychology student at the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT), wore an evening gown made by international designer Emelio Sosa of Project Runway.
She is due to return home on Sunday.