Emily Tamkin at Slate blasts the New York Post for their “trashy” cover story on Melania Trump’s nude photos from a photo shoot for a defunct French magazine when she was 25 years old.
The Post includes quotes from the photographer, Alé de Basseville, explaining that the artist formerly known as Melania Knauss was always very comfortable being naked, and from her husband, who said of the photos, “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.”
None of which makes this cover acceptable. A woman should be able to agree to take naked photos for a European magazine in her twenties with the expectation that they will not show up on the cover of a newspaper/tabloid some 20 years later under the headline “Ogle Office” when her husband decides to run for president.
Read the rest here.