Did the New York Post think it would dissuade people from voting for Donald Trump if they published 20-year-old semi-nude photos of his wife?

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Decades before she was sporting designer dresses on the stage of the Republican National Convention as Mrs. Trump, Melania Knauss, a model in Europe, posed nude in a photo spread for a now-defunct French men’s magazine.

NY Post  The leggy, Slovenian-born model — then 25 years old and known by her professional moniker Melania K. — did the steamy photo session in Manhattan in 1995, according to Alé de Basse­ville, the French photographer who shot the sexy snaps.

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The bombshell photos show Melania wearing nothing but high heels and pouting for the camera, in a series of images shot from the front, the back and the side.

For de Basseville, the inspiration for the pictures was the Renaissance and a celebration of the female body.

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“Melania was super-great and a fantastic personality and she was very kind with me,” de Basseville told The Post, adding the former model never once felt uncomfortable posing for the nude pictures.

“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,” he said. At the time of the shoot, Melania had just recently arrived in New York City from modeling stints in Paris and Milan, Italy.

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When asked about the photos, Trump told The Post: “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.”

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