Victoria’s Secret Angel Sara Sampaio is speaking out about privacy after photos of her sunbathing topless were published online.
The Portuguese model, 25, who has also been featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, penned an open letter on Facebook to the paparazzi and press over the weekend, saying the images were taken while she was sunbathing and “privately minding her own business.”
“How would you feel if you woke up one morning to find pictures of your 25yr old daughter topless all over the Internet?” Sampaio wrote.
The photos were snapped while Sampaio vacationed with boyfriend Oliver Ripley on a yacht in the South of France.
“I had no idea that there was someone far away with a big telescopic lens taking pictures of me,” she said in the Facebook post. “Some of you may say that I’m a public figure and it comes with my job. Others that I’m used to being photographed in swimsuits. There is a difference though.”
The difference is consent, said Sampaio, noting that her professional life and her private life are separate.
“What kind of society do we live in where people are paid money to spy on others, take pictures and invade their privacy,” she asked. “As a young woman I feel violated. Not only do I wake up to see pictures of myself all over the Internet but then I also have to suffer abuse from people body shaming me.”
Sampaio noted that she’s “proud” of her figure, and doesn’t understand the need to “objectify women.”
“To the person that sold my picture to the press, I really hope that one day you don’t wake up with your daughter’s naked picture all over the Internet,” she wrote. “To the press, please stop funding people to take these pictures and to the people that hate and body shame, let’s show more compassion and love.”
The model received support on the social media site, with one fan commenting, “No matter what job you do, no matter who you are, everyone have[sic] their own private life and should not be treated like an object that can be sold. You have your rights same as every other person.”