Alicia Machado Says Donald Trump Contributed to Her Eating Disorder
"18 years old, when you are growing up, that was horrible for me."
Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, who's returned to the spotlight after she was mentioned in Monday's presidential debate, continued to make the media rounds on Wednesday, appearing on NBC's Today on Wednesday to talk more about her experiences with Donald Trump.
Machado reiterated the names Trump called her "all of the time" to her face after she gained weight: "Miss Piggy, Miss Housekeeping, Miss Eating Machine."
She said the name-calling, the pressure to lose weight, and Trump's decision to bring cameras to show her working out all contributed to an eating disorder she developed.
Machado said that at "18 years old, when you are growing up, that was horrible for me" and said it put her self-esteem on the floor.
The Venezuelan native recently became a U.S. citizen and has been a strong Clinton supporter.
Trump spoke about Machado in the morning after the debate, doubling down on his fat-shaming by calling her the "absolute worst" Miss Universe he had ever worked with on the pageant. "She was the winner, and she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem."
Machado says she only gained 18 pounds after she won the crown. She said that when she sees Trump talk now, she sees him getting worse and more damaging to people and she wants a better role model for her daughter than Trump as president.