Hillary Clinton called attention to the turbulent history between Donald Trump and former Miss Universe Alicia Machado during the inaugural 2016 presidential debate on Monday (Sept. 26). Now, the Venezuelan native is making an effort to leverage media buzz on behalf of the Latino community.
Machado won the Miss Universe crown in 1996, only to be publicly shamed by then pageant owner Donald Trump who nicknamed her “Miss Housekeeping”—a demeaning reference to her Latino heritage—and “Miss Piggy” during her reign, which he threatened to cut short due to her weight gain. Two decades later, she says nothing has changed in the man who now has a shot at presidency. “We cannot accept no more insults for my Latin community,” she told CNN. “No more insults for the women. I know very well Mr. Trump, and I can see the same person that I met 20 years ago.”
Since announcing her U.S. citizenship in August, Machado has made it clear that she will not be casting her first ballot for her one-time boss, a decision she firmly stands by as a Hillary Clinton supporter. “This is a man who doesn’t realize the damage he causes. He bears many grudges, and harbors a deep racism, and is convinced that there are lesser human beings than him,” she told the Clinton campaign in a recent profile. “But now I’m strong. I am an American citizen, and I’m going to vote.”
Watch the video below to hear Machado’s story in her own words: