NY Post gets flak for Melania Trump nude pics

Donald and Melania Trump (Getty)
Donald and Melania Trump (Getty)

It's a potential United States First Lady as you've never seen her before - again.

For the second consecutive day The New York Post has published nude images of Melania Trump, former model and current wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The latest images show a young Ms Trump in bed with another nude female model with the headline Ménage A Trump, which were part of a 1995 series shot by French fashion photographer Jarl Ale de Basseville for the now defunct Max.

It follows the publication of a nude photo of the Slovenian-born model on the tabloid's front page with only stars covering her nipples, with the headline The Ogle Office which was shot for Max in 1996.

In the paper's late edition, it includes another nude photo of Ms Trump being held suggestively by another nude woman who is nuzzling her neck.

In an interview with the photographer which accompanied the first photo, he said "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 menage a trois".

The photos were taken before Mr and Ms Trump met each other.

Mr Trump responded to the first set of photos, saying she was "one of the most successful models".

"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," he said in a statement to the tabloid.

Mr Trump's advisor Jason Miller told CNN the photos were "nothing to be embarrassed about" and were a "celebration of the human body as art".

But others online have criticised the decision to publish the images, saying the decision is to republish the photos was misogynistic.

Emily Tamkin - a writer for Slate - said the cover was "trashy" and the interview didn't justify the photos.

"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."

Other media have also criticised the tabloid for their decision to publish the photos, with the Chicago Tribune calling the publication "morally bankrupt".

The New York Post endorsed Mr Trump for the Republican nominee in April.