Another Miss Universe Contestant Says She Was Body Shamed by Donald Trump: He Said 'Suck Your Gut In'
Along with Alicia Machado, a second Miss Universe contestant has come out saying that she was body shamed by Donald Trump
Jodie Seal, a former Miss Australia who competed in the 1996 international tournament alongside eventual winner Alicia Machado, said that Trump insulted the contestants’ bodies as they prepped for competition.
“He was calling some girls some pretty horrible names as well, he said to me myself, ‘Suck your stomach in,’ or ‘Suck your gut in,’ Seal recalls in an interview with Inside Edition.
“He was always wanting us to be sexy, wear your swimsuits out.”
A Miss Universe from 2014, though, had the opposite impression of Trump.
“I had a few interactions with him, a few conversations. I thought he was a nice, nice man,” Camilla Hansson, Miss Sweden, says.
Trump’s history of body shaming women came up again during the presidential debate Monday night after Hillary Clinton brought up Machado, whom Trump once called “Miss Piggy” and an “eating machine” after she gained weight following her 1996 Miss Universe win.
The Republican presidential nominee continued to attack Machado unprompted in an interview Tuesday morning, saying, “She was the worst we ever had. The worst. The absolute worst. She was impossible. She was the winner, and she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem.”
Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway tried to defend his comments about women to Fox News‘ Megyn Kelly Wednesday, saying that Clinton has been trying to “rough him up,” in campaign ads and during the debate.
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“Kellyanne, come on,” Kelly said in the segment. “The ads that she’s running about him when it comes to his comments on women use his words.”
Conway tried to tone down Trump statements and say they weren’t misogynistic, but Kelly wouldn’t have it.
“You know that’s not true. You know he has repeatedly made comments about women – about their looks, their size, their weight, even in this campaign,” Kelly added, in reference to his jabs at Carly Fiorina and Heidi Cruz.
Kelly noted that despite Trump’s incendiary comments about women, he does tend to hire them. Conway noted that Trump should emphasize that in the next debate.