SARA SAMPAIO has spoken out about the topless paparazzi pictures that were taken – and then circulated by the tabloid press – of her on a yacht with her boyfriend, Oliver Ripley, in the South of France last week.
“How would you feel if you woke up one morning to find pictures of your 25-year-old daughter topless all over the internet?” the Victoria’s Secret Angel and Sports Illustrated model began a post on her Facebook page addressed to the media. “Your daughter had done nothing wrong, she was sunbathing, she was not in a public place, she was privately minding her own business.”
“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,” she continued. “There is a difference though. It’s my job, yes I get paid for taking pictures, but I give my consent to take them. I have my professional life and I have my private life. We all go to work, some to an office, some to a studio, but when we come home people should respect our privacy.”
Addressing the trolling that she has received online since the photographs were published, Sampaio wrote: “What kind of society do we live in where people are paid money to spy on others, take pictures and invade their privacy? 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. I’m proud of my figure. I know I’m not perfect, far from it, but it’s who I am and I work hard to stay in shape. Why are people so quick to objectify women, to comment that this part of their body is too small, or that that part is too big?”
“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. 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,” she concluded.
Sampaio joins a recent string of famous females to pen media-shaming letters, particularly regarding its invasion of their privacy and its wider portrayal of women. Earlier this month Renée Zellweger hit back at the tabloid media circulating rumours about her having had plastic surgery and, in July, Jennifer Aniston wrote a powerful letter discussing the scrutiny she had endured in the press over inaccurate reports that she was pregnant.
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