Like most people, we’ve thrown shade at Iggy Azalea a time or two in the past. But what has happened to her is shocking.
Iggy is the latest celebrity victim of nude photo leaks, and these weren’t stolen from her phone — they’re outtakes from a professional photoshoot.
In a lengthy message, Iggy has promised legal action against the creep who leaked the photos that should have been deleted years ago.
“Recently some outtakes from my 2016 GQ magazine cover were leaked to the public,” Iggy’s heartfelt social media post begins.
A couple of photos surfaced from a clearly professional shoot, showing Iggy in underwear and translucent boxers … with her breasts exposed.
Iggy notes that “a lot of high profile women have shot covers for GQ with a strategically placed hand ect Covering their breasts etc.”
“I always felt they were very beautiful covers,” she explains. “So I jumped at the opportunity.”
“I hadn’t seen other women’s covers leak,” Iggy adds. “So I felt comfortable (on a closed set) to model for such a reputable magazine.”
Iggy emphasizes that she only did so “knowing only the images with my hands covering would be considered for print.”
“I never consented to taking topless pictures for potential release, period,” she affirms.
“It was my understanding BEFORE shooting,” Iggy adds. “GQ do not print topless pictures.”
“There was no reason for anyone to have kept the outtakes from the shoot,” she expresses.
Iggy shares: “I’m surprised and angry that they were not immediately deleted after the final images were selected.”
“I feel blindsided, embarrassed, violated, angry, sad, and a million other things,” Iggy’s post continues.
“Not solely because I didn’t consent to this,” she notes. “But also because of the vile way people have reacted.”
“A lot of the comments I see from men in particular taking things even further,” Iggy laments.
“And,” Iggy has seen these men “sharing their thoughts and fantasies in regards to my body had honestly disturbed me.”
“The outright wicked things people say is overwhelming & makes me feel like throwing up,” she expresses.
“If you’ve ever been humiliated before in front of family and those you care about,” Iggy suggests. “Maybe you can relate to what I’m going through.”
“It’s like a nuclear bomb that explodes and not only destroys you emotionally, but leaves a path of destruction in your personal life,” she explains.
“I fully intend on finding out where the leak originated,” Iggy writes. “And pressing criminal charges in regard to this.”
Some might disagree with her seeking to exact revenge, but she lays out exactly why she’s taking this route.
“It’s important to me that someone actually be held accountable for their actions,” she explains. “And the way it impacts my life.”
“I have seen some really vicious s–t written in the last 24 hours,” Iggy reveals.
“And,” she continues. “It is too much for me to handle.”
“For now,” she explains. “It’s best to keep my accounts deactivated.”
Both her Twitter and Instagram are deactivated at the moment, beginning a short time after she shared her message — knowing that it would be preserved.
Iggy concludes by imploring her fans and followers to “please be kinder to one another.”
Please understand that just because Iggy’s photos were part of an official photoshoot does not make this okay.
Photos taken in private — such as behind-the-scenes looks or outtakes like these — should only be shared with consent.
Similarly, the fact that Iggy is drop-dead gorgeous with a figure to match doesn’t mean that she should be “flattered” at this hateful leak.
It’s a violation.
Shame on the person who kept the photos, shame on the person who leaked the photos.
And quite frankly, shame on the people who decided to sexually harass Iggy in her social media mentions.
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