Beauty Queen Says Trump Barged In As They Were Changing: 'Don't Worry, Ladies'


Just when you think the flood of creepy Donald Trump stories has ended, another one pops up.

On Friday, there was the Access Hollywood tape. The other day, there were stories about him describing his daughter's physique. Now, there comes another concerning account.

Four women from the 1997 Miss Teen USA pageant told BuzzFeed News Donald Trump came into their dressing spaces while they were changing.

One of the contestants, former Miss Vermont Teen USA Mariah Billado, told the site,

I remember putting on my dress really quick because I was like, 'Oh my god, there's a man in here.'

This latest news falls in line with another report from BuzzFeed News that came out on Sunday, detailing similar accusations from another former pageant contestant.


This time, it was former Miss New Hampshire Bridget Sullivan, who told BuzzFeed Donald Trump again came into the dressing area of the women who were competing during the 2000 edition of Miss USA.

Sullivan said,

The time that he walked through the dressing rooms was really shocking. We were all naked.

And while Trump's campaign denied Sullivan's accusation in May, the stories from both the former Miss New Hampshire and the four 1997 Miss Teen USA contestants do seem like proof that Trump's own words (or, jokes depending on who you ask) are reflective of reality.


In a 2005 interview retrieved by CNN, the real estate mogul told Howard Stern that he could walk into pageant dressing rooms because he owned the competitions,

I'll tell you the funniest is that I'll go backstage before a show and everyone's getting dressed. No men are anywhere, and I'm allowed to go in, because I'm the owner of the pageant and therefore I'm inspecting it…. 'Is everyone OK'? You know, they're standing there with no clothes. 'Is everybody OK?' And you see these incredible looking women, and so I sort of get away with things like that.

There is, however, a huge caveat to note in BuzzFeed's reporting. 11 of the women who participated in that 1997 pageant say they don't remember Trump ever entering their dressing area.

And, for what it's worth, Trump's supporters are much more likely to care about what he has to say about the economy than what he did at a pageant 20 years ago.

Still, even if the avalanche of creepy stories isn't hurting his campaign, there's no question that the stories aren't helping him.

Citations: New York Post, BuzzFeed