In 1996 Donald Trump, owner of the Miss Universe pageant, humiliated Machado by calling her an “eating machine”, and pointing out her weight gain, after winning the pageant with only 118 pounds. He also threatened with stripping her from the crown if she wouldn’t lose 27 pounds in less than a month. He made her go on a strict diet and exercise plan, and topped it with a public humiliation before international media who saw her working out on a stationary bike.
Ten years later, Alicia sent as a gift to Trump, a copy of Playboy magazine, where she was featured on the cover. “I want to dedicate this copy to someone who hurt me when I was very young, when I was 18 years old,” she said, referring to the tycoon. As time went by, now Alicia would be willing to have some coffee with Trump, “as long as he pays for it,” she told us. She is as beautiful as ever. Alicia is like fine wine.