Alicia Machado

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Machado and the second or maternal family name is Fajardo.
Alicia Machado
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Yoseph Alicia Machado Fajardo
(1976-12-06) December 6, 1976
Maracay, Venezuela
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss Maracay 1995
Miss Venezuela 1995
Miss Universe 1996
Miss Venezuela 1995
Miss Universe 1996
Children 1

Yoseph Alicia Machado Fajardo (Spanish pronunciation: [aˈlisja maˈtʃaðo]; born December 6, 1976) is a Venezuelan-born American actress, TV host, singer and beauty queen who was Miss Venezuela 1995 and then Miss Universe 1996. She was the fourth woman from Venezuela to be named Miss Universe.

During the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, Machado publicly criticized the prior behavior of Donald Trump who owned the Miss Universe pageant during her reign. She was mentioned by Hillary Clinton during the first 2016 U.S. presidential debate.

Early life

Machado was born in Maracay, Venezuela. Her father was a toy store owner who emigrated from Spain and her mother's family emigrated from Cuba prior to the Cuban revolution.[1][2] Machado took to performing at an early age. She began dancing at age 4 and acting at age 12.[1] Machado attended college for a year and half but left to pursue modeling and appearing in commercials.[1][3]


Machado won the 1995 Miss Maracay pageant,[2] and then the 1995 Miss Venezuela pageant representing Yaracuy state and then the Miss Universe 1996 crown in Las Vegas. Early in her training, she refused plastic surgery recommended to her, notable in Venezuelan beauty pageant culture.[4] The runner-up, Jacqueline Aguilera, also won the Miss World 1995 crown, marking the second time that two Venezuelans from the same pageant won two world titles. Machado's reign came as American businessman Donald Trump took ownership of the Miss Universe pageant. While preparing for Miss Universe, Machado underwent intense dieting. Machado said that, when she won, she weighed 116 pounds and was anorexic and bulimic.[2]

During her reign as Miss Universe, Machado gained what she said was about 12 pounds in weight,[5] drawing considerable press attention.[6] The President of Miss Universe Organization denied that the organization was considering replacing her with runner-up, Taryn Mansell of Aruba.[2] After mounting pressure to lose weight from Trump and other pageant officials, Machado asked Trump to assist her with orienting toward a healthier lifestyle. Trump arranged for 80 reporters to "watch [her] sweat" in a gym, which Machado later called "in very bad taste".[2]

In 1998 Machado had her first starring telenovela role as the title character in Samantha. In 2001, she had a small role on the international soap opera Secreto de Amor. During 2004–2005, she pursued a career as a TV commercial model with particular success in promoting a dieting product. In 2005, Machado appeared on a Spanish reality show called La Granja de los famosos ("The Farm"). On February 19, 2006, Machado debuted on the Mexican reality show Cantando Por Un Sueño ("Singing For A Dream").

Machado appeared in (and on the cover of) the February 2006 issue of Playboy magazine's Mexican edition, becoming the only Miss Universe to pose nude for that magazine.[7] Machado was cast in the comedic soap opera Una familia con suerte where she played a woman who fell in love with her brother's enemy. The show began airing in Mexico in February 2011 and in the United States in October of that same year.[8] She again posed nude for the July 2010 issue of the Mexican edition of Playboy.[9]

On September 9, 2012, Machado was one of ten competitors on the third season of Mira Quien Baila. On November 18, 2012, Alicia won 3rd place in the 3rd season of Univision's dance competition Mira Quien Baila. In 2013, Machado starred as the protagonist of La Madame, a television serial produced by RTI Productions and RCN TV in Colombia. In February 2014, she joined Univision's beauty pageant Nuestra Belleza Latina 2014 as a mentor where she coach the participants on how to succeed in the modeling and television industry.

Involvement in politics

In 1998 Machado publicly supported the presidential campaign of Henrique Salas Römer.[10] In 2010 she criticized populist Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in an interview with Playboy.[11]

In July 2015, after Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign, Machado announced that she would publish a book detailing what she called his "abuses of power" and "racism".[12] She said that, during her year as Miss Universe, Trump called her "Miss Piggy" because she gained weight and "Miss Housekeeping" because of her Hispanic background. Trump's spokeswoman denied that Trump had made those insults.[13] Machado has repeatedly called Trump a "nazi rat", compared him to Hugo Chavez and Adolf Hitler, and said that he was capable of starting a new Holocaust.[14][15][16][17][18]

On September 23, 2016, Hillary Clinton brought up Machado's statements against Trump during the first presidential debate. The following day, Trump responded on Fox and Friends, describing Machado as "impossible" and saying that "she gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem. We had a real problem. Not only that, her attitude, and we had a real problem with her."[19] Later that week, Trump made a series of tweets in which he called her "disgusting," condemned Clinton's judgement for not "checking her past", falsely claimed she had appeared in a "sex tape", and baselessly accused Clinton of using her influence to help Machado become an American citizen.[20][21][22][23]

The tweets were condemned in editorials in The Los Angeles Times[24] and The Globe and Mail.[25] John Cassidy of The New Yorker wrote that Trump's "original comments about Machado reeked of sexism and racism" while his subsequent series of tweets "highlighted, anew, his impulsiveness and lack of discipline."[26] The following day, Clinton telephoned Machado to thank her for her support.[27]

Beginning in June 2016, Machado publicly campaigned in support of Hillary Clinton.[18][28] The Clinton campaign coordinated many of her media appearances, featured her in two online advertisements and used her to introduce Clinton at a campaign rally.[13][29]

Personal life

In 1998, a Venezuelan judge accused Machado of threatening to kill him while he was presiding over a case against her then-boyfriend for attempted murder. Machado was also accused of driving the boyfriend's getaway car. Machado denied both accusations and was never charged with a crime. The controversy caused a media sensation in Venezuela unseen since the conviction of President Carlos Andres Perez.[30][31][32][33][34][35][36][37][38]

Machado once dated professional baseball player Bobby Abreu; the couple later split, calling off their engagement.[39][40]

Machado has one daughter. In 2013 after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Machado underwent a double mastectomy.[41]

In 2010, responding to being mocked on Twitter after mistakenly referring to North and South Korea as China, Machado closed her Twitter account and wrote, "I now have a lot of psychopaths on the account and it's best I start another one, kisses."[42]

In May 2016, Machado became a U.S. citizen.[43]



Year Title RoleNotes
1998 Samantha Samantha del LlanoProtagonist
1999 Infierno en el paraíso Marian Ordiales
2002 Mambo y Canela Canela
2007 Amor sin maquillaje Marina Fernández Rosales
20092010 Hasta que el dinero nos separe Karen Sandoval Supporting role
20092010 Atrevete a Soñar ElectraSpecial appearance
20112012 Una familia con suerte Candelaria "Candy" López
20122013 Porque el amor manda CandelaSpecial appearance
2013 La Madame Madame Rochy "La Madame"Protagonist
2015 Lo imperdonable Claudia Ordaz


Year Title RoleNotes
1997 La Niñera
2000 Estamos Unidos Mari
2007 El Pantera Diana Rodríguez
2009 Los simuladores 2 Camila 1 Episode: "El precio de la fama"


Year Title RoleNotes
2006 Cansada de besar sapos Cassandra
2007 Dios o demonio Giselle


Year Title RoleNotes
2009 Un amante a la medida Linda
2010 Los Alacranes
Hairspray, El Musical Velma

Reality and game shows

2005 La Granja Herself Participant
Finished 8th place
2007 Nuestra Belleza Latina 2007 Judge
2012 2012 Premios Juventud Host
Mira Quien Baila Participant
Finished 3rd place
2014 Nuestra Belleza Latina 2014 Participated as a mentor/team leader


Machado both wrote and produced her debut album, unusual in the genre.[44]

Awards and nominations


Year Category TelenovelaResult
1998 Best New ActressSamantha Won
It's the best history

Premios ACE

Year Category Telenovela Result
1999 Best Revelation of the YearSamantha Won

Paseo de las Luminarias

Year NomineeResult
2010 In recognition of her artistic career in Mexico Won

TVyNovelas Awards

Year Category TelenovelaResult
2012 Best Co-star ActressUna familia con suerte Nominated

Premios People en Español

Year Category TelenovelaResult
2012 Best Supporting ActressUna familia con suerte Nominated


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  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Martin, Lydia (16 May 1997). "Miss Universe, Sizing Up Her Reign". Washington Post. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  3. "Fotos Y Biografia De Alicia Machado En La Telenovela Amor Sin Maquillaje". Retrieved 3 October 2016.
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  5. Barbaro, Michael; Twohey, Megan (27 September 2016). "Shamed and Angry: Alicia Machado, a Miss Universe Mocked by Donald Trump". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  6. Winter, Jessica (17 May 2016). "That Time Donald Trump Humiliated Miss Universe for Gaining Weight". Slate. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
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  10. Jones, Bart. Hugo!: The Hugo Chavez Story from Mud Hut to Perpetual Revolution. Steerforth Press. p. 220. ISBN 9781586421694. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
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  19. Diaz, Daniella; Merica, Dan. "'Miss Universe' tearfully thanks Clinton for defense against Trump's 'Miss Piggy' remarks". CNN. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
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  22. Trump jumps into the gutter. Louis Nelson, Politico, 30 September 2016
  23. As America Sleeps, Donald Trump Seethes on Twitter, The New York Times, 1 October 2016
  24. Editorial: Dogged by tweets and taxes, Donald Trump proves yet again he's not fit to lead. Los Angeles Times, 3 October 2016
  25. The real Donald Trump, everyone. The Globe and Mail, 2 October 2016
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  39. Jesse Sanchez, 'Comedulce' a hero in his country: Phillies' Abreu often underrated in the United States, (June 12, 2006).
  40. Mike Berardino, Mom, this homer is for you, Orlando Sentinel (May 15, 2005).
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
United States Chelsi Smith
Miss Universe
Succeeded by
United States Brook Lee
Preceded by
Zulia Denyse Floreano
Miss Venezuela
Succeeded by
Carabobo Marena Bencomo
Preceded by
Lody Attie
Miss Yaracuy
Succeeded by
Romina Meraviglia
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