At least four women who competed in a Miss Teen USA beauty pageant told BuzzFeed News that Donald Trump walked into their dressing room while the young contestants were undressed. Some of the girls were as young as 15 years old at the time and said they were distressed at his presence, calling it “shocking” and “creepy.”
“I remember putting on my dress really quick because I was like, ‘Oh my God, there’s a man in here,’” said former Miss Vermont Teen USA Mariah Billado. Trump reportedly said something like, “Don’t worry, ladies, I’ve seen it all before.” A woman in an adult pageant has said that Trump walked into the changing area when the women were completely naked. Trump has openly and publicly bragged about invading such dressing rooms while he owned several beauty pageants for years, including Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA.
A former Miss Arizona gave interviews on Tuesday claiming she and her fellow contestants for Miss USA were forced to greet and interact with Trump while they were half-naked and topless. Tasha Dixon, who was 18 at the time, said women were changing into their bikinis when they were supposed to meet him. “He just came strolling right in,” Dixon said.
“There was no second to put a robe on or any sort of clothing or anything. Some girls were topless. Other girls were naked.” She added, “The owner come waltzing in when we were naked or half naked in a very physically vulnerable position and then to have the pressure of the people that worked for him telling us to go fawn all over him, go walk up to him, talk to him, get his attention.”