A couple of days ago, The New York Post ran with photos of a naked Melania Trump on itsfront cover.
That’s Donald Trump’s wife, and the possible future First Lady of the United States….
The photos were taken in 1995, and showed Melania – a former model – at 25, posing for a French magazine. In some of the photos she’s alone, in others she can be seen posing withEmma Eriksson – another model.
Now, while posting naked pictures of Trump’s wife could be considered as a below-the-belt political attack (can you imagine if somebody ran with naked pictures of Michelle Obama?) Trump himself seemed to be totally fine withthe unearthing of the photos. In an interview with The Post, he pointed out that the pictures were taken before he knew Melania, and that, “in Europe, pictures like this are very fashionable and common”.
He was also quoted as saying:
“Melania was super-great and a fantastic personality and she was very kind with me, I think it is important to show the beauty and the freedom of the woman.
I am very proud of these pictures because they celebrate Melanias beauty.”
But, while Donald might be fine with the publication of these pictures, The New York Post has attracted widespread criticism for running with them on the front page. A lot of people think that Melania’sformer career is irrelevant to her husband’s bid for President:
Others seem to be considering it as a “tasteless” attempt to shame Melania:
Some even think that the existence of these photosis going to help Donald win the LGBTQ vote… Conservative radio host RushLimbaugh said on his show:
“Have you seen The New York Post again with nude photos of Melania Trump? And today these are, what would you call, girl-on-girl I think is the –nude girl-on-girl photos with Melania and other women.
I think this probably might wrap up the LGBTQ vote for Trump. You never know how these things are seen. You never know.”
Err, yeah. We’ll see.
As the presidential race continues, various photos from Melania’s modelling career are surfacing; not long after the New York Post published their images, GQ drew attention to the fact that she had also once posed nude for them:
So, it is “celebrating beauty”, an attempt at “shaming” or a great campaigning strategy?
Let us know what you think in the comments!
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