(London Daily Mail) Alicia Machado loved the free publicity her dramatic battle with weight-gain provided during her reign as Miss Universe, news reports from that year show.
And her 'wellness' routine, embraced as a weight-loss tactic and paid for by then-pageant owner Donald Trump, was a lavish affair few women can afford to indulge in.
Trump has insisted this week that he 'saved' her from being stripped of her title by helping her get fit. That claim is supported by published accounts as well.
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Machado, an increasingly high-profile backer of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, has lobbed rhetorical grenades at Republican nominee Donald Trump for roping her into the health regimen in 1996 and 1997, alleging that he once called her 'Miss Piggy.'