Twenty years ago Melania Trump posed nude for photos in Max, a French magazine. This weekend the images appeared in a multi-page spread in The New York Post.
At best, it’s a distraction from what really matters: the policies of the presidential candidates. At worst, it’s an attempt to body shame her.
We hold people in these types of roles to high standards. And that makes sense. They have a platform with a huge audience, so it’s best to lead by example (that means no plagiarizing). But resurfacing the nude photos is a thinly veiled attempt to body shame Trump and suggest that kind of decision makes her unfit to be First Lady. She chose to take those photos. There’s nothing illegal or unethical about it.
At this point, it seems silly we’re spending so much time talking about what a potential First Lady looks like. Politics is not a beauty pageant. Instead Americans should be taking a closer look at the candidates’ policies.
On that note, Donald Trump recently signed a pledge to enforce stricter rules around pornography, if elected. It’s worth pointing out the pledge is based on unsubstantiated scientific claims about porn’s impact on children and families.