Victoria’s Secret model Sara Sampaio: I felt violated over revealing photos

Victoria’s Secret model Sara Sampaio: I felt violated over revealing photos

Victoria’s Secret model Sara Sampaio has said she felt “violated” after a French magazine published topless photos of her.

The catwalk star said she had signed a no-nudity agreement before the revealing picture was used on the cover of the publication Lui last year.

She told digital magazine PorterEdit: “I’m fine with nudity. I have done nudity in the past, but I don’t do nudity for men’s magazines.

Definitely having a good Sunday! :)) #habitasaviva @habitasaviva

A post shared by Sara Sampaio (@sarasampaio) on

“I can suggest nudity, but I don’t want to show my boobs to a men’s magazine.”

She added: “I felt violated. Now every time I’m on a set, do I have to delete the photos to make sure nobody uses them?”

The model had already spoken out about the experience on Instagram, saying: “I want every model and every woman to know they have a right to make their own choices about their body and image.”

Sampaio added that even though modelling is one of the rare industries where women earn more than men, there are still many situations where models “are still not respected” or listened to on set.

She said: “Models are expected to show up on set, just be pretty, do our job and not say a word.

“When we do open our mouths, we’re branded as difficult, opinionated, troublemakers; we are told that we don’t know what we are talking about. We are still exploited.”

Just because I’m in denial that I’m back in cold NY… 😭 #takemeback

A post shared by Sara Sampaio (@sarasampaio) on

She said that the fear of losing out on work also keep models quiet, continuing: “It’s such a disposable industry that girls feel like they can’t say anything, because there will be some other girl out there who will just do it.”

Sampaio also defended Victoria’s Secret’s annual fashion show against allegations it is gratuitous.

She said: “I think it’s kind of hypocritical that now people want everyone to be equal, they want everyone to be a feminist.

“But if a girl is being sexy because she wants to be sexy, people are saying, ‘Oh, no, you can’t be sexy.’ Isn’t that anti-feminism?

“Victoria’s Secret is not geared towards men – we are selling lingerie to women. We are selling a dream. Everyone wants to feel sexy.”

A spokesman for Lui has been contacted for comment.

More in this Section

Hilary Duff to reprise Lizzie McGuire role for new Disney seriesHilary Duff to reprise Lizzie McGuire role for new Disney series

Irish star Buckley on Variety’s ‘10 to watch’ listIrish star Buckley on Variety’s ‘10 to watch’ list

Jerry Springer defends duty of care practices on his tabloid talk showJerry Springer defends duty of care practices on his tabloid talk show

'It’s like taking your mouth to the gym': Cillian Murphy needs a month to relearn Peaky Blinders accent'It’s like taking your mouth to the gym': Cillian Murphy needs a month to relearn Peaky Blinders accent


Lifestyle

The A-Listers hiding in plain sight: As Rihanna is spotted at the cricket, who are the celebs who have been living under our noses in Ireland? Ed Power reports.Celebs in plain sight: The A-Listers living under our noses in Ireland

IF you are the parent of a child who is about to venture forth into the hallowed halls of Primary education, or ‘Big School’ as every Irish mammy refers to it since the dawn of time; well, chances are you’ve probably been very active in your Google searches looking for tips and advice on how to ease your child, and yourself, into this next chapter.Out of curiosity, I searched online for ‘Back to school advice’

Aileen Lee meets Pearse Caulfield to talk life and design.'Necessity is the mother of invention': Meet Pearse Caulfield, owner of Caulfield Country Boards

More From The Irish Examiner