Alicia Machado propelled to fame when she won the Miss Universe pageant in 1996. But even beauty queens — perhaps especially beauty queens — aren't exempt from misogyny. In an interview earlier this year, Machado revealed that Donald Trump, who owned the pageant at the time, fat shamed her and insulted her heritage.
"He called me Miss Piggy," she told Inside Edition. "I was very depressed." (Trump also referred to her weight on Howard Stern's radio show at the time, calling Machado "an eating machine.") She also said that the real estate businessman made fun of her Venezuelan accent, calling her "Miss Housekeeping."
Her public humiliation at Trump's hands had long-standing effects. "After that episode, I was sick, anorexia and bulimia for five years," she said. "Over the past 20 years, I've gone to a lot of psychologists to combat this."
In the years following the contest, Machado's hard work and talent saw her become a successful actress and singer in her own right.
And last week, Machado took the oath of allegiance in Miami to officially become a U.S. citizen — just in time to cast her vote in this election.
"So proud and inspiration to be a U.S. Citizen! I'll be Voting! All my power and my support become with my next President @hillaryclinton," she wrote in the caption, adding a personal message to Trump. "Miss Housekeeping and miss Piggy Can Vote."
Machado is a vocal Clinton supporter and has actively campaigned for the Democratic nominee in Florida.
The report of Trump's remarks in May came alongside the news that she was going to be an American citizen. After the story was published, Clinton congratulated her on Twitter and wrote, "Enjoy casting that vote."
Machado opened up to Inside Edition on Friday about her thoughts on getting her citizenship:
Today is a very important day for me; I am now a U.S. citizen. I am so proud and so inspired to be a U.S. citizen.
She is also helping to push for the Latino vote, a substantial voting bloc that Trump has repeatedly insulted. In March, The New York Times reported that applications for citizenship from Latinos living in the United States had increased as communities mobilized to vote against Trump.