The Real Housewives Of Atlanta star Falynn Guobadia claimed she quit modeling after she was allegedly humiliated by fashion designer Michael Costello at his runway show.
Falynn, 32, claimed she was left mortified after she was dismissed by Michael, 38, at his fashion show after successfully auditioning to walk in the event.
‘In front of all of the models and his team, they come over to me and say, “Someone was supposed to call you. We don’t need you for the show and have nothing for you to wear,'” Falynn recalled. ‘All of the models gasped and covered their faces. I was embarrassed and ashamed. I ran outside and cried for two hours.’
The allegations come after Leona Lewis revealed she felt bodyshamed by Costello after he refused to dress her for a charity runway show.
‘I never auditioned to model again’: The Real Housewives Of Atlanta star Falynn Guobadia claimed she quit modeling after she was allegedly humiliated by fashion designer Michael Costello at his runway show
Controversy: The allegations against Michael Costello come after the designer faced accusations from Leona Lewis
Leona, who has since accepted Michael’s apology, came forward with her story after Michael said he had suicidal thoughts after Chrissy Teigen allegedly attempted to torpedo his fashion career.
On her Instagram Stories, Falynn recalled auditioning for Michael’s runway show for Los Angeles Fashion Week when she was 23.
To her surprise and despite being just five foot six, Michael invited her to walk in his show, and even complimented her on her figure and walk.
An excited Falynn arrived to the show with all the clothing she was asked to bring, but her everything changed once she noticed Michael and his sister eyeing her ‘as if I were the scum of the Earth.’
‘I was embarrassed and ashamed’: The Real Housewives Of Atlanta star recalled the alleged incident which occurred when she was 23
Falynn claims Michael and his sister approached her in front of all the other models and asked her to leave the show.
Falynn posted her allegations to her Instagram Stories on Thursday as a reaction to current controversy surrounding Michael and Leona.
‘What’s unfortunate about this story is I had this same experience with Michael Costello, except as a model. And bc of this traumatic experience, unfortunately, it was the end of my pursuit to become a fashion model. I just couldn’t bare the embarrassment. Him/his team made me feel very uncomfortable and inadequate.’
‘I was ecstatic!’ Falynn said she was thrilled to be selected by Michael himself to walk in his event
‘I was 23 years old living in LA with not much but a dream. I went to audition for Michael Costello’s LA Fashion Week where he complimented me on my body and my runway walk. I was ecstatic! I received an email with a list of underwear to purchase and instructions for the show. I’m thinking to myself I’m 5’6 and have been chosen to WALK! Which I never thought would happen for me.’
‘When I arrived, I had my Victoria’s Secret bag in hand with the underwear we were instructed to bring and was told to wait in line for makeup. I see Michael and his sister talking in a corner and looking at me with this look on their faces as if I were the scum of the Earth.
‘Then, in front of all of the models and his team, they come over to me and say, “Someone was supposed to call you. We don’t need you for the show and have nothing for you to wear.”
Claims: Falynn claims Michael and his sister approached her in front of all the other models and asked her to leave the show
Speaking up: Falynn posted her allegations to her Instagram Stories on Thursday as a reaction to current controversy surrounding Michael and Leona
‘All of the models gasped and covered their faces. I was embarrassed and ashamed. I ran outside and cried for two hours. I never auditioned to model again. It pains me to hear that Leona Lewis experienced such trauma. I pray this was a learning opportunity for Michael and his team.’
While Michael has not addressed Falynn’s allegations, he has apologized to Leona for the experience she had with him, admitting it came as a surprise to hear about as she has continued wearing his dresses since the alleged experience she had with him in 2014.
‘If I did unintentionally hurt you and and you continued to support me, I want to apologize to you directly. This caught me by surprise, I am completely blindsided, as you have always looked fabulous in my gowns, and I thought you truly loved them,’ he wrote in his lengthy apology to Leona, who has since thanked him for the note.
Coming forward: Falynn posted her recollections of the alleged event on her Instagram Stories
Her allegations came after Michael said he had suicidal ideations after Chrissy and her stylist Monica Rose blacklisted him from the industry and went ‘out of their way to threaten people and brands that if they were in any shape or form associated with me, they would not work with any of them.’
Costello told TMZ he’s still waiting on an apology from Chrissy, who has been in the midst of controversy over bullying allegations.
He admitted to the site: ‘I do not wish ill on anyone. We are all works in progress and we deserve the opportunity to prove that we can do better. But progress takes time. We must show through actions that we have changed. After all, action speaks much louder than a 10-minute apology written on a notepad.’
Apologies: Leona Lewis has accepted Costello’s apology after she said she felt bodyshamed by him at a charity fashion show
Controversy: Chrissy Teigen, who Costello accused of attempting to torpedo his career, has also been at the center of a bullying scandal