Melanie Marden, a Canadian model, stars in the clip released on rapper TI’s social media accounts, with the caption: “Dear 45, I ain’t Kanye” – in reference to Kanye West’s recent meetings with Donald Trump.
In the video, Marden wears a replica of the hugely controversial jacket Melania Trump wore on a trip to Texas, with the words “I really don’t care, do U?” on the back.
She proceeds to strip naked and dance provocatively in a room that resembles the Oval Office of the White House.
The First Lady’s spokesperson has already called the clip “disrespectful and disgusting” since its release last week – and now Marden herself has spoken out.
A spokesperson for Melania Trump said: “Like it or not, she is the First Lady and this is the White House.
“It’s disrespectful and disgusting to portray her this way simply because of politics.
“These kinds of vulgar attacks only further the divisiveness and bias in our country – it needs to stop.”
Marden said on Instagram: “I was hired (as an actress) not a stripper to portray Melania Trump.
“It was a creative choice for me, and also an opportunity to empower women. I stand firmly in my decision to share all of myself in this role.
“I wanted to be brave, be fearless and for the first time in my life do a role that required nudity. The body is nothing to be ashamed of.”
TI’s video has had 3.9 million views on Twitter since being shared on October 13, and over 92,000 Likes.
Viewers had mixed reactions – with one saying: “I felt extremely uncomfortable watching this. (and trust me I have my opinions on the president) but I’m not sure I find this amusing or creative…
“just an incredibly disrespectful attempt TI. I’m pretty sure @kathygriffin would even think this is ‘crossing the line’ bit.”
Another said simply: “This made my day!!! Thank you!”
“Way to respect women, T.I.!” someone else wrote sarcastically.
The American rapper has had a number of hits in the UK: with Justin Timberlake on My Love in 2006, with Rihanna on Live Your Life in 2008 and with Iggy Azalea on Change Your Life in 2013; all of which reached the Top 10.
His last album, Dime Trap, did not chart on our shores.