Alicia Machado

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Machado and the second or maternal family name is Fajardo.
Alicia Machado
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Yoseph Alicia Machado Fajardo
(1976-12-06) December 6, 1976 (age 39)
Maracay, Venezuela
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss Yaracuy 1995
Miss Venezuela 1995
Miss Universe 1996
Miss Venezuela 1995
Miss Universe 1996
Children 1

Yoseph Alicia Machado Fajardo (Spanish pronunciation: [aˈlisja maˈtʃaðo]; born December 6, 1976 in Maracay) is a Venezuelan-born American actress, TV host, singer and beauty queen who won Miss Universe 1996. She was the fourth woman from Venezuela to be named Miss Universe.


Machado won the 1995 Miss Venezuela pageant entering Yaracuy and then the Miss Universe 1996 crown in Las Vegas. The runner-up, Jacqueline Aguilera, also won the Miss World 1995 crown, marking the second time that two Venezuelans from the same pageant won two world titles. Machado's reign came as Donald Trump took ownership of the Miss Universe pageant.

During her reign as Miss Universe, Machado made headlines when it was reported that she gained too much weight and the Miss Universe Organization was considering replacing her with her runner-up, Taryn Mansell of Aruba. Machado retained her title. Donald Trump called her "an eating machine", generating controversy.[1] In 1998, she made her debut on the popular Venezuelan soap opera Samantha in the titular role. She won the Midia Award in Spain and the Ace award in New York City, as the new Actress of the year. Following the success of Samantha she was called to star in Infierno en el Paraiso, another successful soap opera. In 1999 she released her debut album “Alicia En El Pais De Las Maravillas”. A second album was released in November 2007.[citation needed]

In 2001, she had a small role on the international soap opera Secreto de Amor. During 2004–2005, she pursued a career as a TV commercial model with particular success in promoting a dieting product. In 2005, Machado appeared on a Spanish reality show called La Granja de los famosos ("The Farm"). On February 19, 2006, Machado debuted on a Mexican reality show named Cantando Por Un Sueño ("Singing For A Dream"), a program in the line of the previous Bailando Por Un Sueño ("Dancing For A Dream"), in which the winner has the chance for a dream to come true. The show is very similar to Dancing with the Stars (U.S.) and ¡Más que baile! (formerly titled ¡Mira Quién Baila!) ("Look Who's Dancing!") (Spain).[citation needed]

Machado appeared in (and on the cover of) the February 2006 issue of Playboy magazine's Mexican edition, thus becoming the only Miss Universe to pose nude for Playboy.[2] On September 9, 2012, she was one of ten competitors on the third season of Mira Quien Baila. On November 18, 2012, Alicia won 3rd place in the 3rd season of Univision's dance competition Mira Quien Baila. In 2013, Machado stars as the protagonist of La Madame, a television serial produced by RTI Productions and RCN TV in Colombia. In February 2014, she joined Univision's beauty pageant Nuestra Belleza Latina 2014 as a mentor where she coach the participants on how to succeed in the modeling and television industry.

Personal life[edit]

In 2005, Machado was engaged to baseball star Bobby Abreu. During their engagement she was on the Spanish reality show La Granja where she was filmed on camera having sex with another member of the show. Shortly after the video surfaced Abreu ended their engagement.[3][4]

On June 25, 2008, Machado gave birth to her daughter, Dinorah Valentina. She issued a statement that the father of Dinorah was her best friend Mexican businessman Rafael Hernandez Linares after Mexican news sources, quoting the Attorney General, reported that the father was Gerardo Alvarez-Vazquez, a drug lord.[5]

On November 24, 2010, BBC Mundo confirmed that Machado had to close her Twitter account after writing a tweet that called for "peace between the Chinas", referring to North and South Korea.[6] Her gaffe unleashed a rush of insulting posts, prompting her to go offline. "I now have a lot of psychopaths on the account and it's best I start another one, kisses," she signed off, according to Venezuelan media.[7]

In May 2016, Machado became a US citizen.[8] After becoming a citizen, she spoke out against Donald Trump who called her "Mrs. Piggy" because she gained weight and "Mrs. Housekeeping." because of her Hispanic background.

Machado was mentioned by Hillary Clinton during the first 2016 presidential debate, on September 26.[9][10]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Samantha Samantha del Llano Protagonist
1999 Infierno en el paraíso Marian Ordiales
2002 Mambo y Canela Canela
2007 Amor sin maquillaje Marina Fernández Rosales Co-protagonist
2009-10 Hasta que el dinero nos separe Karen Sandoval Supporting Role
2009-10 Atrevete a Soñar Electra Special Appearance
2011-12 Una familia con suerte Candelaria "Candy" López Co-protagonist
2012-13 Porque el amor manda Candela Special Appearance
2013 La Madame Madame Rochy "La Madame" Protagonist
2015 Lo imperdonable Claudia Ordaz Co-protagonist


Year Title Role Notes
1997 La Niñera
2000 Estamos Unidos Mari
2007 El Pantera Diana Rodríguez
2009 Los simuladores 2 Camila 1 Episode: "El precio de la fama"


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Cansada de besar sapos Cassandra
2007 Dios o demonio Giselle


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Un amante a la medida Linda
2010 Los Alacranes
Hairspray, El Musical Velma


  • Alicia Machado (2004)
  • Si se Acabara el Mundo (2010)

TV programs[edit]

Year Show Notes
2005 La Granja Herself Participant
Finished 8th place
2007 Nuestra Belleza Latina 2007 Judge
2012 2012 Premios Juventud Host
Mira Quien Baila Participant
Finished 3rd place
2014 Nuestra Belleza Latina 2014 Participated as a mentor/team leader

Awards and nominations[edit]


Year Category Telenovela Result
1998 Best New Actress Samantha Won
It's the best history

Premios ACE[edit]

Year Category Telenovela Result
1999 Best Revelation of the Year Samantha Won

Paseo de las Luminarias[edit]

Year Nominee Result
2010 In recognition of her artistic career in Mexico Won

TVyNovelas Awards[edit]

Year Category Telenovela Result
2012 Best Co-star Actress Una familia con suerte Nominated

Premios People en Español[edit]

Year Category Telenovela Result
2012 Best Supporting Actress Una familia con suerte Nominated


External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
United States Chelsi Smith
Miss Universe
Succeeded by
United States Brook Lee
Preceded by
Zulia Denyse Floreano
Miss Venezuela
Succeeded by
Carabobo Marena Bencomo
Preceded by
Lody Attie
Miss Yaracuy
Succeeded by
Romina Meraviglia