Alicia Machado pens emotional response to Trump's inauguration

Arlene Washington



Former Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado took to social media to address Donald Trump's inauguration after previously speaking out against him during his campaign, claiming that he called her "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping" when she gained 42 pounds after being crowned.

Machado, who was crowned Miss Universe at age 19 in 1996, the same year Trump became co-owner of the Miss Universe Organization, posted a photo of herself on Instagram on the eve of the inauguration with a lengthy statement in Spanish expressing her thoughts since speaking out on Trump's critical comments.

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"Rest assured my detractors and those who continue to defame me that I am full of a happiness that brings forth the truth," she wrote.

Machado also commented on Trump being sworn in as U.S. president: "There is no drama or defeat, there is the satisfaction of having done what my heart felt was right."

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Machado said in an Inside Edition interview last year that participating in the Miss Universe competition under Trump's ownership caused her to feel bullied and "depressed" and led her to years of psychotherapy and disorders. Trump called Machado an "eating machine," according to The New York Times.

Machado, who also has been crowned Miss Venezuela, became a U.S. citizen this past May and shared that she planned to vote for Hillary Clinton during the past presidential election. Clinton mentioned Machado during a presidential debate and included her in one of her presidential campaign ads.

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"History is not erased," added Machado in her Instagram post. "The political experience I had has given me a different vision of my own life and that of my loved ones: peace and harmony in my home and the satisfaction of seeing my daughter proud of her mother as I try every day to give her an example of courage and self love, and I know that in the future my struggles will spare you a painful path as a woman and your rights."

Read a translation of the post below.

Through my social networks I can express myself honestly and without malicious edits. First, I want my fans, friends, the serious media and those who appreciate me and value me above labels to know that I find myself calm and happy and I am surrounded by a lot of honest love, as only a few times I have been before. I feel fulfilled as a woman to have participated in a historic moment in this great country and above all I feel at peace and satisfaction for having been able to leave a little grain of sand in an enormous journey (with more work still to be done by women) to achieve equality, respect for our rights and an end to gender-based violence.

I know that at this moment many people are paying attention to what I publish and for this reason I decided to write. Rest assured my detractors and those who continue to defame me that I am full of a happiness that brings forth the truth. History is not erased. The political experience I had has given me a different vision of my own life and that of my loved ones: peace and harmony in my home and the satisfaction of seeing my daughter proud of her mother as I try every day to give her an example of courage and self love, and I know that in the future my struggles will spare you a painful path as a woman and your rights. For my own good, I have found other, calmer ways to continue as an artist and a communicator. Tomorrow there is no drama or defeat, there is the satisfaction of having done what my heart felt was right.

This is a country of liberties and will remain so, grateful to the Democrats in general for their respect and affection. I learned much more than what I shared. Fame is very easy to find but recognition and respect is achieved with effort and conviction.

I am not a woman of politics but rather a fighter for my ideals and those of thousands of people who trust and can always rely on me. Thank you, I will continue to grow as an actress, businesswoman, producer but above all as a woman. I love you!

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