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New York newspaper publishes cover with naked picture of Donald Trump's wife

The photos come from a 1995 photoshoot for a French men’s magazine.

Image: Carolyn Kaster

A RUPERT MURDOCH-owned New York tabloid has published naked photos of Donald Trump’s wife Melania.

The New York Post included one of the photos as its front page.

The photos come from a 1995 photoshoot for a French men’s magazine.

The Post has previously led front pages with insults to the businessman, but endorsed his bid for the Republican nomination in April, calling him “an imperfect messenger carrying a vital message”.

The photographer who took the photos, Alé de Basseville, is interviewed in the Post story, saying Melania was “super great”.

Melania had been a peripheral figure in the election race until last week’s Republican National Convention, where her speech featured paragraphs taken from a Michelle Obama speech.

The Slovenian former model went to the US in 1996,  where two years later she met Donald Trump. She later became his third wife.

In the Republican primary campaign, a pro-Ted Cruz group unveiled a Facebook ad that used a photo of her lying naked and handcuffed to a briefcase.

The photograph, taken aboard Trump’s custom-fitted private jet, was part of a shoot for the magazine GQ in 2000, before the couple married.

The ad, released just before votes in Arizona and Utah, featured the photo with the words: “Meet Melania Trump. Your next first lady. Or, you could support Ted Cruz on Tuesday.”

Trump told the Post that the photos were taken before the couple had met, but were nothing out of the ordinary for a European model.

With AFP reporting

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