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In the first presidential debate last night, Hillary Clinton brought up Donald Trump’s history of demeaning comments about women: “This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs, and dogs, and someone who has said, ‘Pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers.’ Who has said, ‘Women don’t deserve equal pay unless they do as good of a job as men,’” she said.

Another example Clinton brought up? Trump’s treatment of former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, back in the 1990s—who Clinton pointed out that he called “Miss Piggy” and “an eating machine” after she gained weight and “Miss Housekeeping” because she was Latina. (And in a video produced by the Clinton campaign, she says Trump—the owner of Miss Universe pageant—stiffed her on pay she was promised.)

Not content to let his comments in the ’90s stand on their own, Trump went at it again this morning during an interview with Fox & Friends, calling Machado “the absolute worst.”

“She gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem,” he (unfortunately) went on. “We had a real problem. Not only that, her attitude, and we had a real problem with her.”

After public humiliation from Trump’s body-shaming, a subsequent eating disorder, and then years of therapy, Machado is now coming out on top, according an article by The Guardian.

Her first step toward fighting back? She’s voting for Clinton (she became a US citizen just in time).


After Machado’s experience with the presidential nominee, she wants to use her voice to encourage women to stand up to body-shamers and love themselves.

“No matter what, no matter who tells you that you don’t look good, that is only outside,” she says. “You are more than some weight. You are more than some phase. You are more than if you are short or tall, or you are black or you are white, or you are skinny or fat or whatever. Your value is how you can work, how you can feel for the people around you.”

Machado: We’re with her. Nobody is asking for a fat-shamer-in-chief. Seems like we have much bigger issues than this facing our country. (Or as Trump would say: yuuuge.)

It’s imperative that we make our voices heard during this election. #OurVoteCounts—register here if you aren’t already. Jennifer Aniston’s also talking out about body-shaming—read how she puts “bump-watchers” on blast here.