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Iggy Azalea did a photo shoot back in 2016 for GQ Australia, and unreleased topless photos of the rapper were leaked without her permission. Various pictures of the Australian artist went all over the internet, and Iggy took to social media to comment on how this has affected her before deactivating her accounts to avoid negative comments.
In a screenshot of her notes she wrote:
“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.”
She goes on in another screenshot “Today Im a ball of negative emotions.”
“I feel blindsided, embarrassed, violated, angry, sad and a million other things,” she candidly described. “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 family & those you care about maybe you can relate to what I’m going though. 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 & people who matter most too.”
Iggy adds she intends on pressing criminal charges for whoever the source is and says “It’s important to me that someone actually be held accountable for their actions & the way it impacts my life.”
The photographer who shot the photos, Nino Munoz also took to Instagram to comment on the matter stating the images were “Stolen and published with out his permission.”