Before Trump was offending women on a national level – for example, speculating about Megyn Kelly’s menstrual cycle on live television – Trump’s misogyny was more personal. Long before Trump was disrespecting women worldwide, Donald Trump owned the Miss Universe Organization, where he had a chance to personally offend young women from all over the world. One of those women was a former Miss Universe winner, Alicia Machado.
Alicia Machado, the 1995 Miss Venezuela winner, won the Miss Universe pageant in 1996. Shortly thereafter, she accused Donald Trump of mocking her Latina heritage and body-shaming her after she gained some post-pageant weight. Oh, mind you, Machado was just 19 years old at the time. She was a f*cking teenager, but that still didn’t stop Donnie Dumbo from mocking her.
In an interview with The New York Times, Machado elaborated on Trump’s behavior:
“For sure he is not a good person. He called me Miss Piggy. I was very depressed.”
Unsurprisingly, Trump seems to have no remorse about the issue. During an interview with radio Host Howard Stern, Trump described her as an “eating machine.”
“She weighed 118 pounds or 117 pounds and she went to 160 or 170. So this is somebody that likes to eat,” he said at the time.
Machado told the New York Times:
Trump even invited the media to watch her workout at a New York City hotel. And his abuse did lasting damage. “After that episode, I was sick, anorexia and bulimia for five years,” she said. “Over the past 20 years, I’ve gone to a lot of psychologists to combat this.”
Trump also mocked her English and often referred to her as “Miss Housekeeping.” Trump himself has since admitted to the Times that he pushed Machado to lose weight.
Now, two decades after her Miss Universe victory, Machado is doing everything she can to keep Trump out of office. That is a true American.
Also, I genuinely have no idea what the hell Trump’s talking about. Even still today, Machado is totally gorgeous.