Alicia Machado: Who Is the Woman Trump Called “Miss Piggy”?

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Alicia Machado campaigns for Hillary Clinton on August 20, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

During Monday night’s debate, Hillary Clinton referenced former Miss Universe 1996, Alicia Machado, who Donald Trump once called “Miss Piggy.”

According to an article written by NBC News in August, Machado  represented Venezuela at the Miss Universe competition in 1996. After winning the pageant– which was owned by Donald Trump at the time– she claimed that Trump referred to her as “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping”.

In May 2016, the Washington Times reported that Machado officially became a US citizen, and “won’t be voting for the man who once insulted her for her weight and her accent.”

The news outlet went on to say that Trump had called her an “eating machine” and “had her work out at a gym in front of reporters and camera crews after a post-pageant weight gain.”

She talked about the humiliation she felt from the incident in the video below, which also features news footage from the time:


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Trump is a former Miss Universe Organization co-owner, and sold his stake in the company in September.

Machado, 39, is an actress, TV host, singer, and former beauty pageant queen, and was the fourth woman from Venezuela to ever be named Miss Universe. After her reign as Miss Universe, Machado made her television debut on a popular Venezuelan soap opera called Samantha. She went on to win the Midia Award in Spain and the Ace Award in NYC as new Actress of the Year.

Machado released her debut album, “Alicia En El Pais De Las Maravillas”, in 1999, and her second album in 2007.

In 2005, Machado was engaged to baseball player Bobby Abreu. The couple separated after Machado was caught cheating on Abreu with a housemate from a reality TV show she had joined.


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