Donald Trump’s presidential campaign team doesn’t seem to have a problem with Melania Trump’s nude photo appearing on the cover of The New York Post.
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) July 31, 2016
“They’re a celebration of the human body as art,” Jason Miller, Trump’s senior communications adviser, said on CNN’s Reliable Sources.
“There’s nothing to be embarrassed about,” Miller added. “She’s a beautiful woman.”
The New York Post published several nude photos of Melania Trump in addition to the one on the cover. The accompanying article states that the photos first appeared in a now out of print French men’s magazine named Max. Melania Trump, who was known as Melania K. at the time, was 25 years old when the photos were taken by French photographer Alé de Basseville. The photographs appeared in the magazine in 1996.
“Melania was super-great and a fantastic personality and she was very kind with me,” de Basseville said in an interview about the naked photos of the woman who could be America’s next First Lady. The photographer added that the former model was very comfortable being nude in front of the camera.
As for Donald Trump, he also seems very nonchalant about the fact that these photos exist.
“Melania was one of the most successful models and she did many photo shoots, including for covers and major magazines,” Trump said when he was asked about the photos by The New York Post. “This was a picture taken for a European magazine prior to my knowing Melania. In Europe, pictures like this are very fashionable and common.”
As The New York Post reports, Donald Trump and Melania met in 1988 and were introduced to each other via Paolo Zampolli, who was Melania’s modelling agent at the time. Trump and Melania were wed at the Mar-A-Lago Florida in 2005. They now have a son together, Baron Trump.
These photos are the latest in a series of big media stories focused on Melania Trump. One public scandal centered around her RNC 2016 speech which seemed to copy paragraphs of a speech Michelle Obama gave at the Democratic National Convention in 2008. The similarities were first noticed on Twitter, and when the news went viral, the Trump campaign seemed to struggle to find a way to explain them.
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Then questions were raised about her academic qualifications. As The Telegraph reports, Melania Trump’s website had previously stated that she had an architecture and design degree.
“After obtaining a degree in design and architecture at University in Slovenia, Melania was jetting between photo shoots in Paris and Milan, finally settling in New York in 1996,” the personal website read.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 28, 2016
However, the claim was debunked by CBS News during the Republican National Convention 2016. Although the website’s claim about the degree was printed in the RNC 2016 program, CBS News checked university records and found that Melania Trump did not graduate with a degree.
Since the news of her not obtaining a degree went public, Melania Trump’s website disappeared from the Internet, The Telegraph reports.
“The website in question was created in 2012 and it has been removed because it does not accurately reflect my current business and professional interests,” Melania wrote of the site’s disappearance.
The URL currently redirects visitors to the website for the Trump Organization. Melania Trump has not directly commented on the claims that she lied about her academic qualifications and plagiarized Michelle Obama’s speech.
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