Alicia Machado was Miss Universe in 1996 and was probably set to have that be the main element that made her famous—then the Alicia Machado sex tape arrived. Now, she’s known for a whole lot more than being crowned the planet’s best beauty queen. The world has seen much more of her than those swimsuits contestants have to parade around in to score that elusive tiara.
Radar published the sex tape in late 2016 and to say that its existence has impacted Machado’s life is an understatement.
The former Miss Venezuela 1995 was taking part in a 2005 Spanish language reality TV program entitled La Granja VIP, which in English translates to The VIP Farm. The show took celebrities and had them live and work on a rural farm. It was like A Simple Life meets Big Brother. The famous folks worked the earth during the day and let loose at night.
Being aware that there are cameras everywhere on a reality show would be enough to cause most celebrities some pause in terms of doing anything explicit. That was not remotely the case as Machado and co-star Fernando Acaso couldn’t keep their hands off each other and had sex.
It could be argued that they felt so free to fornicate because in the next bed over, it appeared that fellow stars Dani DJ and Miss Spain 2004 Maria Isabel Ruiz were doing exactly the same thing.
La Granja VIP ran its course, and all involved probably thought that chapter of their public life was complete. Think again.
Years later, Machado was in the news again when then-presidential candidate, Donald Trump, referred to her as “Miss Piggy.” He did not back down from those comments and felt that it was in bad faith that after winning the top prize at his Miss Universe event, she had supposedly gained weight.
He referred to her as “the worst we ever had—the worst, the absolute worst.” Machado even had to workout with Trump watching over her and cameras rolling.
Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, pounced on the subject during a debate. The two would go back and forth on the issue in the press in the coming days. Did she hide from the increased attention the presidential spotlight brought her? No. In fact, she hit the campaign trail with Clinton to tell her story in the days following that fateful debate.
Right about that time, the Alicia Machado sex tape got released and Clinton never brought her up again.
Since the Alicia Machado sex tape became public knowledge, it has received over 4.8 million views on XVideos.com alone. It has not impaired her career in the slightest. As others have found (looking at you, Kim Kardashian), in fact, it has raised her profile.
After the reality TV show ran, she became an enormously popular actress in Latin America. Steadily, Machado worked her way up from small parts and supporting characters to leads in a short period of time.
When the Machado sex tape hit the interwebs, instead of retreating back to Venezuela, she continued to work in television and even moved to the big screen.
She has two films completed—one set for release in Latin markets in the near future (¡He Matado A Mi Marido!) and another (Juan Apóstol, El Más Amado) that is in post-production.
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