Unfortunately, the idea of former beauty queen gaining a little weight is still controversial to some people, especially if her job involves appearing in public. Last week, former Miss Universe Alicia Machado graced the red carpet for the Premios Tu Mundo award show, where she wore a chic' red lace jumpsuit, however followers made comments around her weight.
“Yes and I still have another 5 pounds more to gain to appear even fatter for the next character that I will be playing.”
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The Venezuelan beauty dealt with followers saying remarkers such as, "With all due respect, this jumpsuit isn't for you... time to hit the gym," and "Pretty face, but you should have thought out this outfit better." Shortly after posting the photo below on Instagram, the ex-beauty queen replied to the comments admitting, “Yes and I still have another 5 pounds more to gain to appear even fatter for the next character that I will be playing.”
This isn't the first time Machado has defended her body image. Last year the Venezuelana exposed Donald Trump by opening up to the public when the President called her “Miss Piggy” as she held the title of Miss Universe in 1996. She took to Instagram to respond to Trump below, who earlier tweeted that Machado was “disgusting” and allegedly filmed a sex tape – she did not.
"The Republican candidate and his campaign are, once again launching attacks, insults and are attempting to revive slanders and false accusations about my life, in order to humiliate, intimidate, and unbalance me. These attacks are cheap lies with bad intentions. This, of course, is not the first time the candidate insists on discrediting someone or insists on demoralizing women, minorities, and people of certain religions through his hateful campaign. This is definitely one of his most frightful characteristics. Through his attacks, he's attempting to distract from his campaign's real problems and his inability to be the leader of this great country. When I was young, the now candidate, humiliated me, insulted me, disrespected me both publicly and privately in the cruelest way. The same way this happened to me, it's clear that throughout the years, he's continued his actions and behavior with other women. Therefore, I will continue to stand on my feet, sharing my story and my absolute support for Secretary Clinton, on behalf of all women -- my sisters, aunts, grandmothers, cousins, women within the community. I want to thank all of my Latinas and those who have supported me and given me love and respect for my career, and as a human being. I became a United States citizen because my daughter was born here and because I wanted to exercise my rights, among them, I wanted to vote. I will continue standing firm in my lived experience as Miss Universe and even stronger with your support. I've been so pleased and honored by so many kind and heartfelt words. I'm focusing on my career and my work as a mother, and I will continue taking positive steps for the Latino community. I will continue being an activist for women's rights and fighting for the respect we deserve. I appreciate all your love and thank you again for your support." Many blessings, ALICIA MACHADO /a>
Though Machado received backlash for her weight gain, an army of body confident women took to her comments section to support her. "I'm not familiar with who you are, but I just read an article about the body shaming you received at this event. I just want to say that whether you were doing it for a part, you're playing or not, it doesn't matter, you look absolutely amazing! And I can't believe people would have the nerve to try and shame you! You are beautiful with or without a few extra pounds. Truly beautiful," said one user. The singer-actress is currently a judge on a talent game show on Telemundo along side Raúl González which airs Sunday 9p / 8c.