New York Post Publishes Nude Photos of Melania Trump

The New York Post has run photos of Melania Trump posing almost entirely naked. The Post headlined the issue with the photos: “The Ogle Office.” The Post used two strategically positioned blue stars to obscure parts of Melania’s breasts on the cover, but the photos that appeared inside the magazine are graphic. They show Melania in high heels and little else.

“Melania Trump as you’ve never seen her before!” screamed the headline. You can see the photos here.

The Post ran the photos in its July 31 Sunday issue and said they came from the “January 1996 issue of Max, a French men’s magazine that went out of business in 2006.” The 1995 photos were taken by Alé de Basse­ville, a French photographer, said The New York Post.

In the photos, Melania is 25-years-old, says The Daily Caller. The Daily Caller quoted de Basseville as telling The Post: “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.”

In the article, Donald Trump defends the photos to the Post, saying: “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.”

A Trump aide is defending Melania. According to CNN, Jason Miller, the Trump Campaign’s senior communications adviser, told CNN of the 1995 modeling photos: “They’re a celebration of the human body as art. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about. She’s a beautiful woman.”

De Basseville has shared the Post story on his Facebook page, where he calls himself “Prince de Basseville of Normandy.” His website says he “is one of the last direct descendants of the lineage of Viking and Norman kings.” He moved to Los Angeles in 2000 to create a photo studio but moved back to France to become politically involved, the website says.

Alexandre De Basseville, Melania Trump

Alexandre Alé De Basseville. (Facebook/Alexandre De Basseville)

It’s not the first time that partially naked photos of Melania Trump have surfaced. During the Republican primary, an anti-Trump PAC, Make America Awesome, ran Facebook ads in Utah that featured provocative photos from a photo shoot that Melania Trump did for GQ. Trump expressed anger over the use of those photos.

New York Magazine reported in May that New York Post owner Rupert Murdoch “has signaled he plans to fully back Trump in the general election against Hillary Clinton.”