Tasha Dixon, who was Miss Arizona in 2001, said that Donald Trump would casually walk into pageant dressing rooms while contestants were nude or changing into bikinis, according to CBS 2 Los Angeles.
Dixon was 18 years old at the time and Trump was the owner of the Miss USA pageant, along with Miss Universe and Miss Teen USA pageants.
“Our first introduction to him was when we were at the dress rehearsal and half naked changing into our bikinis,” Dixon told the station. “He just came strolling right in. There was no second to put a robe on or any sort of clothing or anything. Some girls were topless. Other girls were naked.”
Dixon told the station that contestants were uncomfortable because “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.”
Dixon’s comments echo a recent CNN KFile report that uncovered audio of Trump discussing the perks of owning beauty pageants with Howard Stern back in 2005.
“I’ll go backstage and everyone’s getting dressed, and everything else, and you know, 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,” Trump told Stern. “You know, I’m inspecting because I want to make sure that everything is good.”
Dixon added, “I’m telling you Donald Trump owned the pageant for the reasons to utilize his power to get around beautiful women. Who do you complain to? He owns the pageant. There’s no one to complain to. Everyone there works for him.”