The media backlash following Melania Trump's plagiarism of First Lady Michelle Obama's speech was only the beginning.
The New York Post published Sunday's paper with the headline "The Ogle Office," and showcased the wife of Republican nominee Donald Trump completely naked; her nipples are covered by photoshopped stars and her hoo-ha is covered by herself in the photo.
Melania Trump, previously Melania Knauss, was a model back in 1995, the year these photos were taken. She posed nude for the now obsolete French adult magazine Max, photographyed by Alé de Basseville.
Well, whether you call it perfect timing, a smear campaign, or a planned strategy by the GOP-- the photos wound up in the hands of the New York Post and is making its rounds.
According to US Magazine, Basseville told the publication, "Melania was super great and a fantastic personality and she was very kind with me." He also added that the potential First Lady — then known as Melania K. — “never once” felt uncomfortable posing nude, and he is personally proud of the photos because they "celebrate Melania's beauty."
On Sunday, Trump told the Post in regards to the leak that "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 senior advisor Jason Miller also spoke highly of the photos, stating “They’re a celebration of the human body as art. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about. She’s a beautiful woman.”
While their responses initially come off as progressive, it seems a big hypocritical. What would they have said about Mrs. Obama if she had these kinds of photos turn up?