Alicia Machado, the Venezuelan-born former Miss Universe who claimed that Donald Trump fat shamed her, became a U.S. citizen this week, and pledged her first vote as an American to Hillary Clinton.
Machado, who was 19 years old at the time she won the Miss Universe contest in 1996, claims that Trump, who had just taken over the contest, accused her of gaining 40 pounds and demanded she drop the weight. She said he called her “Miss Piggy” behind closed doors and “Miss Housekeeping” to mock her Venezuelan accent.
Trump went on the Howard Stern show at the time and discussed her weight. He told Stern, “She weighed 118 pounds or 117 pounds and she went to 160 or 170. So this is somebody that likes to eat.” He added that he thought she was an “eating machine.”
Machado told Inside Edition that in reality, she only gained around 15 pounds. Nevertheless, Trump took her to a gym and made her work out out in front of the media. She said she was ashamed and depressed by the whole ordeal.
On Friday the former beauty queen took the oath to become a U.S. citizen in Miami. She said, “Today is a very important day for me; I am now a U.S. citizen. I am so proud and so inspired to be a U.S. citizen.”
She encouraged other Latin Americans to get out and register to vote.
“This is a very important election,” she said.
Machado, now 39, is all in for Hillary Clinton. In an Instagram post she made reference to Trump’s “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping” insults, noting that the can vote now.
She also plastered her face on a Hillary for America campaign Instagram.