Fellow Miss Universe Contestant Backs Alicia Machado's Claims on Trump's Bullying: 'Suck Your Gut In'
Two beauty queens who competed alongside former Miss Universe Alicia Machado are sharing their experiences with Donald Trump at the pageant.
Jodie Seal, who was Miss Australia during the 1996 pageant, said the billionaire spent much of his attention on the bodies of the contestants, and often threw out some less-than-flattering remarks.
Seal told Inside Edition: "He was calling some girls some pretty horrible names as well. He said to me, 'suck your stomach in. Suck your gut in.' He always wanted us to be sexy."
But Miss Sweden Camila Hanson defended Trump, saying he was a perfect gentleman.
"I had a few conversations with him. A few interactions. He sort of popped up when you least expected it, during rehearsals. I thought he was a nice man," she told Inside Edition.
The former Miss Venezuela claims Trump called her “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping” following her win 20 years ago.
Machado’s story was front and center at Monday’s presidential debates.
Hillary Clinton said: “He called this woman ‘Miss Piggy.’ Then he called this woman ‘Miss Housekeeping,’ because she was Latina. She has a name. Her name is Alicia Machado.”
In an interview with Inside Edition in May, Machado blamed Trump's mockery of her weight for causing her eating disorder.
The beauty queen says Trump body shamed her when she gained weight after winning the Miss Universe title.
Trump campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson said the GOP presidential nominee had every right to question her appearance when he owned the pageant.
“We are talking about beauty pageants. These individuals who participated in these pageants had a weight clause in their contracts. This is organization wide," she said on The Kelly File.
Earlier this year, Machado became a U.S. citizen and plans to vote for Clinton in the November elections.