Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado Becomes a U.S. Citizen to Vote Against Donald Trump

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Taking a stand. Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado became a U.S. citizen last week, just in time to vote against her nemesis Donald Trump, who she says used to make fun of her accent and weight.

“[I’m] so proud and [inspired] to be a U.S. Citizen! I’ll be Voting!” the 39-year-old Venezuelan native wrote on Instagram Friday, August 19, adding that she plans to lend her power and support to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

“Miss Housekeeping and miss Piggy Can Vote,” Machado added in reference to the names she says Trump, 70, used to call her when she was 19 years old.

Earlier this year, the 1996 Miss Universe winner opened up about her past experiences with Trump, who was once an owner of the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.

“He called me Miss Piggy. I was very depressed,” Machado claimed in an interview with Inside Edition in May. She also alleged the businessman taunted her about her accent and referred to her as "Miss Housekeeping."

Shortly after winning the coveted crown in 1996, the 5-foot-7 beauty gained weight, prompting Trump to call her “an eating machine” during an interview with Howard Stern.

“She weighed 118 pounds or 116 pounds, and she went to 160 or 170. So this is somebody that likes to eat,” the former Celebrity Apprentice host reportedly said at the time.

Now Machado is urging her fellow Latin Americans to register to vote before the November election.

“This is a very important election,” she told Inside Edition on Friday. “[I became a citizen] for my daughter, my country and to [exercise] my right to vote. The United States is in a very important moment and we need to take the power to go and vote.”

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