When looking back at the political history, only one potential first lady has had her nude pictures published on the front page of a newspaper during election season, and her name is Melania Trump.
The New York Post posted the racy photos on the cover of their Sunday edition. It features a photo of Melania Trump, completely nude, with stars covering her nipples. Her hands are placed on her legs, and the caption reads, “The Ogle Office.”
In 1971, Settimio Garritano took an unauthorized picture of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis while she sunbathed on vacation in Skorpios Island, years after President John F. Kennedy died.
Melania was known as Melania Knauss at the time of the photo shoot in 1996. At 21-years-old, she agreed to pose for Max Magazine and was fully aware of the photographer’s intent to create an artistic image with another naked woman. Simply put, Melania knew that she was hired to model for a lesbian sex photo shoot, and she still agreed to complete the job.
In the image, a nude Melania was caressed by another naked beauty, who appeared to kiss the potential first lady’s neck. A black strap is nestled over the other model’s breast, so her nipples were not exposed.
The New York Post previously endorsed Donald Trump in April and cited one of his best qualities was his “political incorrectness.” Many found the nude pictures shocking just months after supporting Donald Trump for president.
The photographer of the nude pictures, Alé de Basseville, explained that the images had little to do with a “lesbian” act and more to do with celebrating Melania’s beauty. He also revealed he finds women together sexually “is a beautiful thing.”
“I think it is important to show the beauty and the freedom of the woman, and I am very proud of these pictures because they celebrate Melania’s beauty. I always loved women together, because I have been with a lot of women who desired the ménage à trois. This is beauty and not porn.”
Donald Trump spoke out about the pictures and explained that they were taken in another country. He explained that in Europe this type of photo shoots are extremely common. He doesn’t feel like he has anything to be ashamed of and is proud of his wife’s successful modeling career.
“Melania was one of the most successful models and she did many photo shoots, including for covers and major magazines. This was a picture taken for a European magazine prior to my knowing Melania. In Europe, pictures like this are very fashionable and common.”
Trump’s campaign manager, Jason Miller, described Melania’s nude images as art and claimed that there is no reason for Trump to feel ashamed about her pictures, the Washington Post reports. The pictures were taken 20 years before she met Donald, and at the time, she had no way of knowing that she would meet a man who could end up being the President of the United States.
“These were photos that were 20 years before Mrs. Trump met Mr. TrumpThere’s nothing to be embarrassed about with the photos. They’re a celebration of the human body as art. She’s a beautiful woman.”
Gawker reports Trump himself could have leaked the images in an attempt to take the spotlight off of his comments to Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of the Muslim American soldier who died in Iraq.
At first glance, you’d say that Trump wouldn’t do that to his wife, using her as a way to get out of the heat, but with Donald Trump, there isn’t much he wouldn’t do to win the election. There were mixed reactions to the images. Many felt the pictures were tasteless and vile. There were a handful of people who believed that a woman should face criticism for things they did 20 years ago.
Have you seen Melania Trump’s nude pictures? Do you think Donald Trump could have leaked the images to take the heat off his squabble with the Khans’?
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