Rapper Iggy Azalea deactivated her Instagram and Twitter accounts after topless photos of her surfaced which she said left her feeling “violated.”
The images appeared online over the weekend and Azalea said in a since-deleted note on social media that they were from a 2016 GQ magazine shoot. “There was no reason for anyone to have kept the outtakes from the shoot,” she wrote. “I’m surprised and angry that they were not immediately deleted after the final images were selected.” A 2016 story on GQ’s Australia site titled “Iggy Azalea Gifts Plastic Surgeon Signed Topless Photo” features a photo of the Australian rapper with her hands strategically placed on her breasts. Azalea wrote in her note “A lot of high profile women have shot covers for GQ with a strategically placed hand, etc, covering their breasts.”
“I always felt they were very beautiful covers, so I jumped at the opportunity,” she wrote. “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 [my breasts] would be considered for print.”Azalea said she was “a ball of negative emotions.””I feel blindsided, embarrassed, violated, angry, sad and a million other things,” her note said.”Not solely because I did not consent to this — but also because of the vile way people have reacted.”The “Fancy” star vowed legal action against whoever leaked the images.Nino Munoz, the photographer who handled the GQ assignment, posted a note on Instagram Monday about the controversy.
“My heart goes out to anyone this situation has affected,” he wrote. “I’m utterly outraged and will not rest until justice is served.” Munoz said an investigation into the leak is ongoing.
She continued: ‘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 am 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.’
She went on to criticise trolls for making vulgar comments in response to the topless photo leak, saying that reading them made her feel physically ill.
Iggy concluded her statement by saying she planned to take a break from social media to escape the negativity.
Meanwhile, photographer Nino Muñoz issued his own statement via Instagram on Tuesday morning, writing: ‘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 to anyone that is involved,’ he concluded.
Censored images from Iggy’s 2016 photo shoot are still available on GQ’s website, along with a story explaining how the topless photos were not intended for publication but were a ‘birthday gift’ for her plastic surgeon Dr Ashkan Ghavami.
Dr Ghavami had performed Iggy’s breast augmentation a year before the photos were taken, and the musician has praised his work in the past.
Meanwhile, it’s not the first time Iggy has quit social media without warning.
Back in 2015, she deactivated her Instagram and Twitter accounts after she was body-shamed by trolls while on holiday.
‘I don’t care about being relevant. I just want to live my life,’ she said at the time.
‘That’s just human decency and if it’s hard for you to understand then you have a warped sense of reality.’