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    A bunch of tapes allegedly featuring a conversation between First Lady Melania Trump and her former friend and aide Stephanie Winston Wolkoff were released this week, sparking a new debate about FLOTUS’ use of language in relation to sex workers.

    Melania Trump’s reference to Stormy Daniels, her husband’s alleged lover, as a “porn hooker”, was widely condemned across the adult entertainment industry after her ex-friend and staffer Stephanie Winston Wolkoff released their recorded conversation during a podcast by Michael Cohen on Monday.

    The first lady is believed to have made the remark as she was discussing Daniels' photoshoot for Vogue, shortly before the model’s images appeared in the magazine’s online issue in August 2018.  

    “If you Google, go Google and read it. Annie Leibovitz shot the porn hooker, as she will be in one of the issues, September or October,” Melania can be allegedly heard complaining to Wolkoff.

    However, the comment was condemned by those who work in the porn industry, especially since the future FLOTUS often appeared naked during her own modelling career even, in January 2000, being photographed for UK’s GQ magazine wearing nothing but diamond jewelry.

    “Nobody should judge Stormy Daniels, especially Melania Trump. They’re Eskimo sisters for Pete’s sake!” prominent sex worker Cherie Deville, who once considered running for president herself, told the Daily Beast. “As a personal policy, I never judge other women’s professional or marital choices, so I don’t judge Melania’s modeling background. I’ll leave the slut-shaming to the First Lady.”

    West Hollywood Mayor John Duran, left, Stormy Daniels, center, and attorney Michael Avenatti attend a ceremony for Daniels receiving a City Proclamation and Key to the City on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in West Hollywood, Calif
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    West Hollywood Mayor John Duran, left, Stormy Daniels, center, and attorney Michael Avenatti attend a ceremony for Daniels receiving a City Proclamation and Key to the City on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in West Hollywood, Calif

    According to another adult actress Valentina Jewels, “singling” Stormy Daniels out and using “derogatory terms” to describe her was “just complete irresponsibility and lack of respect from Melania.”

    Porn star Carmen Valentina, 33, believes that Trump’s comments are a result of her attempts to “distance herself from the sex workers’ industry and act superior” as FLOTUS is “technically a sex worker” like any other adult entertainers.  

    “In the end, she is just like all of us, on our level, and she is definitely not above us, regardless of who she’s married to. Making those comments just makes her more unrelatable to the general public,” Valentina claimed.

    Stormy Daniels, a 41-year-old pornographic actress and film director, claimed during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016 that she had had an affair with the future president a decade earlier when  his wife Melania had just given birth to their son Barron.

    Daniels also publicly revealed that she was paid hush money to remain silent on the issue, but Trump team denied that the actual affair has taken place.

    According to Wolkoff, who has just written a memoir about her time with the First Lady entitled "Melania and Me", Melania Trump was not much bothered by speculation of the alleged affair which she said was “just politics”.

    However, Daniels herself commented on the First Lady’s leaked remark, arguing that although she “wasn’t paid for sex and therefore technically not a ‘hooker’, I'll take being that over what [Melania is] any day.”

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