Melania Trump, wife of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, waves as she arrives to speak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016.
US Presidential Elections 2016: Will nude photos of Menalia harm Donald Trump's campaign? In picture: Melania Trump, wife of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, waves as she arrives to speak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016.Reuters

In an event that is absolutely certain to affect the 2016 U.S. presidential race, and presidential hopeful Donald Trump, nude photos of his wife Melania Trump are surfacing in various media. The Democrats and candidate Hillary Clinton are likely to target Trump and his presidential ambitions.

The billionaire-turned-politician and the Republicans are expected to defend Melania and her honour. Donald may actually use this fresh development as a trump card to win more voters. Observers are unsure of how Trump will spin this, given his track record of repeatedly saying he would date his own daughter Ivanka if he were not her father. 

The photos date back to Melania's days as a model, and one of these photos graced the front page of the New York Post on Sunday, July 31. The newspaper even shared its cover page in an absolutely Not Suitable For Work (NSFW) tweet, which shows her posing in her birthday suit, with two stars, and her hands preventing her from baring all. 

The image is apparently from a series of photos from a shoot for the Max magazine, and were published in 1996. The Post also interviewed Jarl Alé Alexandre de Basseville, who is said to have taken the photos. He said: "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, and I am very proud of these pictures because they celebrate Melania's beauty."

Meanwhile, images from a lesbian photoshoot Melania had participated in have also surfaced, and many of these photos leave nothing to the imagination. People are now playing the waiting game to see how these and other photos that are surfacing affect Trump's campaign.

However, if history is anything to go by, the GOP candidate may emerged unscathed from what is threatening to be a scandal. The anti-Trump super-PAC [political action committee] had used similar nude photos of Melania Trump to undermine his campaign to become the Republican nominee, but that does not seem to have worked. 

Melania Trump, however, received quite a bit of flak after it turned out that parts of her speech at the Republican National Convention were plagiarised from an address current U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama had given a few years ago.

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