Donald Trump is on a lot of Latinos’ black list as of late, but former Miss Universe Alicia Machado apparently has enough material to write an entire book about the “abuses of power” and “racism” she suffered at the hands of Trump in the mid-‘90s during her reign as the world’s most beautiful woman.
Machado was crowned Miss Universe in 1996, the fourth woman from Venezuela to win the coveted crown, and soon after made headlines for concerns about her increasing weight. When Machado was crowned she weighed 118 pounds, and eventually the 5-foot-9 beauty queen reached 160 pounds. Pageant officials apparently found the weight unacceptable and threatened to revoke her crown if she didn’t trim down.
Months prior to the 1997 Miss Universe pageant, in which Machado was due to hand the crown over to her successor, Donald Trump — who partly owns the Miss Universe Organization — called in fitness expert Edward Jackowski to help Machado lose the weight through a rigorous diet and exercise program, all of which was documented by photographers and camera crews. Trump told People back in 1997, “We want her to stay as Miss Universe and she is working on her problem. When you win a beauty pageant, people don’t think you’re going to go from 118 to 160 in less than a year, and you really have an obligation to stay in a perfect physical state.” The real estate mogul also reportedly called Machado “an eating machine” during an interview on the Howard Stern show.
Machado, then 20 years old, told People at the time, “Before Miss Universe I was a normal girl, but my life has had big changes. I travel to many countries, eat different foods.”
The beauty queen has since been very vocal about her experience with Trump, calling him “a detestable being” as recently as June to Mexican newspaper La Reforma.
In a formal statement issued earlier this week, Machado’s reps declare that she “will share all the details, abuses of power, arrogance, and racism on Donald Trump’s part that she suffered in the flesh, issues that Alicia will share for the first time and at the appropriate time so that the whole world can see who this person really is, someone who has gained even more notoriety recently for his attacks on the Mexican people.”
Machado is currently starring in Televisa’s new Spanish soap opera Lo Imperdonable, which, ironically, translates into “The Unforgivable.” The statement mentioned that after her contractual duties with the soap are over, Machado will announce more details on the book. Until then, “she won’t be saying anything else on the matter.”
The current Miss Universe, Paulina Vega, is experiencing her own battle with Trump, who recently slammed her as a “hypocrite” after she spoke out about his anti-Mexican comments, calling them “unjust and hurtful.”