Tasha Dixon, Former Miss Arizona: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Tasha Dixon, former Miss Arizona, says Donald Trump frequently walked in on contestants changing. (Facebook/Tasha Dixon)

In the aftermath of the leaked video tape on which Donald Trump brags about being able to sexually assault women because he is a celebrity, more and more people who previously worked with Trump and experienced sexist behavior are coming forward.

One of those women is Tasha Dixon, Miss Arizona in 2001’s Miss USA Pageant. Donald Trump ran this pageant, and Dixon says that she experienced sexual harassment while she was working under the Republican nominee. A few other women who were contestants on Miss USA have also backed up her story.

Here’s what you need to know about Tasha Dixon.

1. She Says Trump Would Walk in While Contestants Were Changing

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Tasha Dixon competed in the The 50th Annual Miss USA Pageant in 2001. (TashaDixon.com)

Amid allegations that Donald Trump has behaved abusively towards women in the past, Tasha Dixon shared experiences she had working with Trump on the Miss USA Pageant when she was 18 years old.

In an interview with CBS Los Angeles, Dixon said that she first met Trump when she, in addition to her fellow Miss USA contestants, was half-naked in the dressing room and Trump walked in. She says that many girls were completely nude or at least topless, and they did not have a chance to get fully dressed before Trump walked in. They were then told to go fawn over Trump.

She also said that she believes this is essentially the reason that Trump ran a beauty pageant in the first place.

“I’m telling you Donald Trump owned the pageant for the reasons to utilize his power to get around beautiful women,” she said. “Who do you complain to? He owns the pageant. There’s no one to complain to. Everyone there works for him.”

She is not the only Miss USA contestant to make this accusation. Bridget Sullivan, a former Miss New Hampshire, made the exact same allegation to BuzzFeed News last year, saying that Trump would frequently come backstage and stare at the naked contestants. Sullivan said that she found his behavior extremely creepy, adding that he would sometimes “hug you just a little low on your back.”

Four other women later told BuzzFeed News that they witnessed the same behavior. Eleven women said they didn’t recall anything like this happening. One contestant said she viewed Trump coming backstage like this more as a way of him being pompous and asserting his power as the owner of the pageant rather than him trying to get a look at naked young girls.

2. Trump Admitted to Doing This During a Howard Stern Interview

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. (Getty)

It’s not just the word of these former Miss USA contestants that backs up this story. It’s the word of Donald Trump himself.

CNN recently uncovered a 2005 Howard Stern interview during which Trump says that he gets to see naked women all the time because he’s a beauty pageant owner.

“I’ll tell you the funniest is that I’ll go backstage before a show and everyone’s getting dressed,” Trump said. “No men are anywhere, and I’m allowed to go in, because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it…‘Is everyone OK’? You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. ‘Is everybody OK?’ And you see these incredible looking women, and so I sort of get away with things like that.”

The Trump campaign has not responded to this particular tape, although in general the Republican nominee usually dismisses clips of himself on the Howard Stern show, saying he was an entertainer at the time who was playing along with the raunchy radio host.

3. Dixon is a Conservative

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Tasha Dixon says she identifies as a conservative. (TashaDixon.com)

In anticipation of Trump supporters accusing Dixon of coming out with this information in order to aid Hillary Clinton, Dixon said that she is a conservative herself.

“I’m Miss Arizona so I veer more on the conservative side,” she said. “But I just like to choose what’s right.”

Outside of beauty pageants, some other women who have worked with Donald Trump have come forward for similar reasons, saying they felt they had to do what was right. That included former Apprentice contestant Marshawn Evans, who says Trump treated them differently than he treated the men.

“We were explicitly told to dress sexy, to be appealing, and to make sure that we ‘matched the Trump brand,'” she said.

Evans went on to say that she never personally witnessed anything involving Trump attacking a woman, but she noted that she thought it was strange that Trump would often comment on women’s looks and attire at seemingly random moments.

4. She Has Appeared as a Guest Star on Various TV Shows

One of Tasha Dixon’s first big experiences with television was the Miss USA pageant, but it wasn’t her last.

Since then, Dixon has worked as an actor, appeared on various television shows primarily in small roles. Some of those shows have included Guiding Light, NCIS, Terriers, $#*! My Dad Says, and Sex Sent Me to the ER.

She has also appeared in some web comedy like the College Humor original short I’m So Broke. She is currently in pre-production on a new YouTube comedy series, according to her website. 

5. She Wrote a Screenplay About Donald Trump

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Donald Trump speaks to supporters in Loveland, Colorado. (Getty)

Tasha Dixon dabbles in writing in addition to acting, and she actually took her experiences with Donald Trump during the Miss USA pageant and turned it into a screenplay.

According to her website, the script was “loosely based on her time in the pageant world and run-ins with Donald Trump.” The screenplay has never been made public, although there certainly will be renewed interest in it in light of recent events.

In addition, Dixon has written scrips for feature films and television pilots, although so far it appears the only one that has been made is Burden Hill, a 2007 short film which Dixon also directed.