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Miss Teen USA Girls: Trump Walked In While We Changed

| by Michael Allen
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Four women are alleging Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump walked in a dressing room while girls were changing clothing during Trump's 1997 Miss Teen USA beauty pageant.

"I remember putting on my dress really quick because I was like, 'Oh my god, there’s a man in here,'" former contestant Mariah Billado told BuzzFeed News.

According to Billado, who was Miss Vermont Teen USA, Trump said something like "Don’t worry, ladies, I’ve seen it all before."

"I remember it shocking me," Billado recalled. "I barely let anybody except my sister see me getting dressed."

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Billado remembered telling Ivanka Trump, who was age 15 at the time, about the incident with her dad, and Ivanka replying, "Yeah, he does that."

Three other women, who wanted to stay anonymous, also recalled the incident. Two of the women said the young girls quickly covered their bodies; one of those two women said it was "shocking" and "creepy." The third woman recalled that she was clothed during the incident.

BuzzFeed News contacted 11 contestants who did not remember the incident. Some of the women don't  think Trump could have been in the dressing room, while others admitted that it was possible, and that they may have not been in the dressing room or didn’t notice at the time.

Radio host Howard Stern asked Trump in April 2005 if ever he had sex with Miss Universe or Miss USA contestants, noted CNN on Oct. 8, and Trump replied during the conversation:

Well, I'll tell you the funniest is that before a show, 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. You know, I'm inspecting because I want to make sure that everything is good.

You know, the dresses. "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. But no, I've been very good.

The Trump campaign and Trump Organization did not respond to BuzzFeed News' questions.

The Miss Universe Organization, which operates the Miss Teen USA pageant, also declined to comment.

Sources: BuzzFeed News, CNN / Photo credit: Miss Teen USA via BuzzFeed News

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