Iggy Azalea has deleted her social media accounts after she was left “blindsided” following topless photos of her leaking online.
The Australian rapper deactivated her Twitter and Instagram accounts shortly after unpublished outtakes from a photoshoot with GQ magazine in 2016 had surfaced.
Leaked images were published over the weekend, originally taken by photographer Nino Muñoz, which show her breasts exposed. Iggy explained that the leak has left her “blindsided, embarrassed, violated, angry, sad, and a million other things,” — furthering, “A lot of the comments I see from men in particular taking things even further and sharing their thoughts and fantasies in regards to my body has honestly disturbed me.
Here’s the full statement:
“Recently some outtakes from my 2016 GQ magazine cover were leaked to the public. A lot of high profile women have shot covers for GQ with a strategically placed hand etc covering their breasts etc. I always felt they were very beautiful covers, so I jumped at the opportunity.
I hadn’t seen other women’s covers leak so I felt comfortable (on a closed set) to model for such a reputable magazine knowing only the images with my hands covering would be considered for print. I never consented to taking topless pictures for potential release, period. It was my understanding BEFORE shooting, GQ do not print topless pictures.
There was no reason for anyone to have kept the outtakes from the shoot. I’m surprised and angry that they were not immediately deleted after the final images were selected.
Today I’m a ball of negative emotions. I feel blindsided, embarrassed, violated, angry, sad, and a million other things. Not solely because I did not consent to this – 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 and sharing their thoughts and fantasies in regards to my body has honestly disturbed me.
The outright wicked things people say is overwhelming and makes me feel like throwing up. If you’ve ever been humiliated before in front of family and those you care about 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, effecting your relationships and people who matter most too.
I full intended on finding out where the leak originated from and pressing criminal charges in regards to this. It’s important to me that someone actually be held accountable for their actions and the way it impacts my life.
I don’t feel there is any where I can retreat to or that I have a ‘happy place’ I can wait in until it all blows over. Please thing of how you might feel if the shoe was yours to wear. I have seen some really vicious s*** written in the last 24 hours and it is too much negativity for me to handle. For now it’s best to keep my accounts deactivated.
Please be kinder to one another.”
Nino has issued a statement saying, “My heart goes out to anyone this situation has affected. I’m utterly outraged and will not rest until justice is served. I’m outraged and saddened to find out that images of mine were stolen and published without my permission.
There is currently an investigation underway. Posting these stolen images is illegal and anyone who has done so will be prosecuted. I empathise with any discomfort that this situation has caused anyone that is involved.”
In 2015, Iggy deactivated her social media accounts after commenters were body shaming the Fancy rapper.
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