Alicia Machado, the Miss Universe contestant who Trump body shamed, speaks out, and it's SO worth listening
It’s a sad day indeed when we can not only say — but outright verify — that the presidential nominee of a major U.S. party routinely says offensive, derogatory, and sexist things about women (aka: half of the population). But thanks to one Donald J. Trump, that’s the reality we’re living in.
And if you watched last night’s debate, then you likely heard about the things he once said about Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado, who won the Miss Universe pageant the first year he took ownership of the show. If you need a refresher, he called her everything from “Miss Piggy” because she gained some weight after winning, all the way to, “Miss Housekeeping” because of her Latin American heritage. UGH.
But Entertainment Weekly informed us that she has bounced back with a brilliant response:
She also appeared in this very effective campaign ad for Clinton, where you can see footage of Machado being treated like a “lab rat” during the year she worked for Trump as Miss Universe. She even said the experience gave her body image problems that lasted for years.
This quote from Machado says it all:
We’re glad that Machado is raising awareness about her traumatic experience and humiliation at the hands of Donald Trump, because people need to know this about a person positioned to potentially lead our nation.
Thank you for sharing your story, Alicia. We know it will make a difference!