Venezuelan beauty queen Alicia Machado is standing by her claims that Donald Trump body shamed and humiliated her shortly after her 1996 Miss Universe win by calling her “Miss Piggy, Miss Eating Machine, Miss Housekeeping.”
Machado recently made headlines when she was quoted in a New York Times’ report on Trump’s questionable behavior with women. She told the newspaper that after being crowned Miss Universe she gained some weight (she says 20 lbs, Trump says 50) and it didn’t go over well with The Donald. “They took me to New York, installed me in a hotel. The next day, they took me to the gym, and I’m exposed to 90 media outlets,” she told the Times.
Machado, who is in the process of writing a book, says that incident pushed her into anorexia and bulimia.
“You never need to be so skinny or sick to be a beautiful woman,” Machado told Fusion’s Jorge Ramos in a recent interview. “I’m a Latina and I have a big everything.”
Machado says she was Trump’s employee and “it was horrible” working with him. She describes the presidential hopeful as “a great business guy but not a good person.”
The former Miss Universe insists she’s not speaking out against Trump for revenge or “to hurt his feelings,” but says she wants to “open eyes” about the man who’s likely to be the GOP’s candidate for president.
“This is a great country and we need a great person and a great president,” Machado said, adding that there’s no way she’d ever vote for Trump.
Machado’s full interview can be watched here.