Iggy Azalea deleted her social media after topless photo leak

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Iggy Azalea has deleted her social media accounts, including her Twitter and Instagram, following a leak of topless photos that were outtakes from her 2016 GQ cover shoot. Here’s part of the statement she released on twitter in response to the leak with more at the source. She talked about feeling sickened and overwhelmed by the online response.

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.

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 & makes me feel like throwing up. If you’ve ever been humiliated before in front of friends & those you care about maybe you can relate to what I’m going through.

[Twitter via Just Jared]

Iggy also wrote that she wants to find the source of the leak and press criminal charges. She explained that she’s staying off social media “for now.”

Nino Muñoz, who took the photos for GQ Australia, has issued a statement that he’s not responsible for the leak, and that he’s “outraged and saddened” by it. I hope that the authorities are able to figure out who’s responsible (and soon), and that that they will be appropriately prosecuted. These kinds of stories make me feel awful for the victims. I also get anxious thinking about how easy it is for us to lose control over photos and other revealing information when we trust people and it turns out that someone has less-than-honorable intentions. Poor Iggy.

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  1. The Dot says:

    Poor Iggy. This must be a nightmare for her.

    Friends make fun of me because I don’t like to have a bunch of pictures taken, especially with someone else’s phone, but it’s all down to knowing who has my image and limiting who can post it without my consent.

    • Kittycat says:

      Those friends are idiots.

      If anything happens you are the one that had to live with the consequences.

    • AnnaKist says:

      I’m exactly the same, Dot. I have no social media whatsoever, and this is the only site I post comments on. A few years ago, I was at Sydney Airport with my daughter, ready to fly to Melbourne to see my all-time favourite band.Again. Suddenly, she went all ga-ga, saying the band was sitting over by a wall, looking as if they were waiting for the same flight as us. She went over to them, and then came to drag me over to meet them. I was a bit reluctant, because, come on… Also, I’d read one of the singer’s essays where he wrote about finally meeting his idol, Todd Rundgren, and how let down he was, since TR urned out to be a complete arse. I did eventually go over, and they were all wonderful to us, chatting, joking and having photos with us. That night, I received a text from my best friend, with a Facebook screenshot of me with the singer. As excited as I was, and as nice as the photo was (for once!), I flipped, and told my daughter to delete it immediately! Nope, I don’t want to be there. I feel rather sorry for Iggy, and hope they get the culprit. Cheeky bastard.

  2. Mia4s says:

    More than a few of the comments directed at her on social media have been vile. Really vile. And even with takedowns and copyrights, the pictures are still popping up. Sigh….the more things change, the more they stay the same.

  3. manda says:

    I thought her music was awful and she was fake and that she disappeared a few years ago? Does she still sing/rap with that horrible racist accent?

    • CariBean says:

      That’s your take-away from this story? 🙄

      • manda says:

        That’s awful that happened to her, but I still think she’s a racist twit. And yes, I thought she disappeared a few years ago, which makes the timing of this leak interesting, IMO

  4. Meganbot2000 says:

    I did a nude photoshoot once with a famous photographer, agreement was it would only be in silhouette with no actual nudity shown. At the end of the shoot I bent over (facing away from him) to quickly pick my robe off the floor, and he snapped a photo of me bending over which I’m sure must have been extremely revealing. I didn’t consent to that photo at all. Thankfully I’m not famous so don’t have to worry about photos being leaked, but it’s crazy what goes on in photoshoots sometimes. People sometimes don’t realise how vulnerable actors and models are when they do anything like this (especially intimate scenes onscreen), because there’s always someone who can see a lot more than what’s intended to be seen on screen.

    • Jag says:

      I think that I understand what you’re saying, but the photo that I saw of her was of her standing there, hands at her side, and completely topless.

      I had thought that it was like you described – a pure outtake where her hand wasn’t yet covering herself. But the photo that I saw was purely her standing there and having the photo taken; I didn’t search for it, btw, it was posted in the comments on another site.

      If the contract said that the photographer or the magazine own the images, she can’t prosecute because they can do anything with any of those pictures. If the contract said that only the photos which were published were the ones they owned, though, then yes, I hope she sues them and the perpetrator is caught.

      • Karen2 says:

        …also she cant really afford to ‘delete’ her social media since that seems to be her main connection to any pr. Poor Iggy tho. Its always about consent.

      • Fnord says:

        Whoever owns the photos still needs a model release to do anything with them – she may only have signed for the photos that got published. I can imagine her being OK with getting the photos taken and then deciding later that she didn’t want them published – “I’m not sure, let’s see what I think when I look at them”.

  5. snazzy says:

    Ugh poor Iggy. She must feel so violated. I hope they find out who did it so the can sue the pants off of them.