Opinions are mixed on whether nude photos that recently surfaced of Melania Trump, the wife of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, will bring the kind of attention that might hurt the candidate’s chances — or help them.
The would-be first lady had a modeling career before she met Trump in 1998, and did a number of nude shoots. Her often racy modeling career made headlines again this week after The New York Post published previously unseen photos that were part of a 1995 shoot for the French men’s magazine Max.
The magazine is no longer in business, but The Post has published slightly pixellated versions of the photos, which depict Melania Trump, who was 25 at the time, from various angles wearing only high heels. The Post also ran at least one “girl-on-girl” photo.
The high-profile spread, along with British GQ’s revival of another nude Melania shoot from years ago, prompted headlines around the world.
The U.K. publication The Telegraph ran a story under the headline “Melania Trump naked pictures row ‘may help Donald Trump win LGBTQ and single white male vote,’ apparently referring to a quote attributed to Rush Limbaugh. Meanwhile, the Australian Financial Review headlined its story “Melania photos test Donald Trump’s Christian base.”
The Trump campaign was downplaying the incident. The Telegraph quotes a Trump adviser saying the new photos are “nothing to be embarrassed about.”
Senior Trump adviser Jason Miller reportedly told CNN: “These were photos that are 20 years old, before Mrs. Trump met Mr. Trump. They’re a celebration of the human body as art.”