Sunday, May 1, 2011

Cassi van den Dungen won't be doing Alex Perry's show because it's not OK!

Less than 24 hours after we reported that Cassi van den Dungen would not be appearing at next week’s Rosemount Australian Fashion Week because she is four months pregnant, there have been a couple of developments. Upon learning the real reason why van den Dungen was mysteriously unavailable for runway bookings this season, frockwriter can reveal that earlier today, Alex Perry attempted to fly her up to walk in his show tomorrow morning. Perry, who cast van den Dungen in his Cuban Princess show at last month’s Melbourne Fashion Festival (above) and spoke to her agent this morning, has been told that van den Dungen is in fact five months along. “She won’t open it, but we’ve used her in shows before and I think she’s a really beautiful girl” said Perry this morning. “She’s five months pregnant. She’s probably not showing much. But even if she is, she’s still beautiful. Miranda walked for Balenciaga and she was fully pregnant”. We won't be seeing van den Dungen tomorrow, however, because Perry's plans have been nixed by OK! magazine, which bought the exclusive rights to the pregnancy story and won't release her from a contract which precludes any public engagements until May 14th. 

It's understandable that OK! wanted to protect its exclusive. However the magazine broke the story on Friday, the news is now in the public domain and OK! still has the only interview. In it, van den Dungen says that she hopes her critics react positively to the news. "I need people's support" she tells OK!. Shame she can't take Perry up on the offer. 

Perry, an Australia’s Next Top Model judge, has not always been so supportive of van den Dungen’s life choices.

As we reported back in 2009, the designer joined fellow ANTM judge Charlotte Dawson on Facebook to slam van den Dungen’s decision to turn down the Priscillas and Elite contracts after coming runnerup the Cycle 5 competition. 

But apparently there are no hard feelings. 

“She’s proved herself as far as I’m concerned" says Perry. "The Paris thing didn’t work out but that could just be an age thing. At 20 or 21 she might be a different girl. At the live [ANTM] finale, I said to her ‘I want you to be the one who wins’. She’s been in a relationship for three years. Who is anyone to judge?”


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