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Alicia Machado is a Venezuelan-American actress, model, musician and TV show host. Her father is a Cuban citizen who fled the country after the fall of President Gerardo Machado. The downfall of this Cuban dictator's regime made his relatives such as Machado's father to seek refuge in foreign countries for safety.
Machado's mother was a Spanish citizen who immigrated to Venezuela. She started performing as a dancer at an early age. She had already started acting by the time she was 12 years old. Machado shocked her friends and family when she dropped out of college to focus on modeling. Her modeling career grew well and this made her turn into a commercial model. At that time she was only 19 years old.
In 1995, Machado won the Miss Maracay pageant when she was representing her state of Yaracuy. She was later crowned as Miss Universe in 1996 in Las Vegas. This became the first time in history when two Venezuelans won this title consecutively. Furthermore, she was the fourth Venezuelan woman to win that crown. She admitted that she had a fixed dieting plan when preparing for miss universe pageant to maintain a slim figure. Her dieting plan had server consequences since it made her suffer from anorexia and bulimia.
Surprisingly, she started to gain weight rapidly after winning this title. Her massive weight gain drew attention and she was criticized by the press. Pageant officials put pressure on her to cut her weight. There were claims that she would lose the title to a hot runner-up called Taryn Mansell but this didn't happen. Donald J. Trump also put pressure on Alicia to reduce fat so that she can keep the title. This businessman was attacked by many women on social networks since they claimed it was discrimination.
She then moved to film industry in 1997 where she starred in Samantha. This movie was one of the top productions of Venevision. She was a lead character in this movie and got an award as the Best New Actress. In 2001, she featured in an international soap opera called Secreto de Amor.
She also appeared in several popular reality shows. She was popular in a Mexican reality show called Cantando Por Un Sueno.
Alicia was then featured on a Playboy magazine issue in February of 2006. This made her become the first miss universe to be involved in a nude magazine. Her naked photos appeared in a magazine in July 2010 for the second time. She then became one of the popular porn stars when she acted on a sex tape. In 2012, she started dancing and participated in the third season of Mira Quien Bails competition and got the third place. She started acting porn again in 2017 where she campaigned for ethical treatment of animals.
During Trump's presidential campaign, Alicia Machado said that Trump is abusive and racist and announced that she would write a book about it. She revealed that Trump had criticized her weight gain and called her "Miss Piggy".
Alicia has a net worth of about $4 million. She generates her fortune from the sale of her two self-produced albums, playboy appearances, beauty crowns, reality shows and film industry. Her wealth grows daily. She is expected to be one of the richest women celebrities.