Australian rapper Iggy Azalea is understandably rather displeased over several leaked photos of her that surfaced over the weekend.
The photos, in which Azalea appears topless, were apparently outtakes from a 2016 GQ Australia photo shoot. At the time, she had graced the cover as the magazine’s “Woman of the Year.”
The 28-year-old abruptly deleted her social media accounts – both Instagram and Twitter – in response to the leak. Though she briefly returned to Twitter on Monday to post a statement vowing to take legal action against those responsible.
Twitter users rallying around the Fancy rapper have begun using the hashtag #RespectIggy in response to this incident.
The photos, taken by Nino Muñoz, were never intended for public release, and it’s unclear how they were leaked. Azalea expressed much dismay at their surfacing, however, and said explicitly that she did not consent to them being released.
“Recently some outtakes from my 2016 GQ magazine cover were leaked to the public,” she said in a statement. “A lot of high profile women have shot covers for GQ with a strategically placed hand etc covering their breasts… I always thought they were very beautiful covers, so I jumped at the opportunity.”
Azalea said she’d never seen photos of any other women leaked, and she trusted GQ for being a “reputable magazine.” Additionally, only photos that had her breasts covered were to be considered for print.
“I never consented to taking topless pictures for potential release, period,” she said, adding that it was her understanding that GQ doesn’t print topless photos.
“There was no reason for anyone to have kept the outtakes from the shoot,” she added. “I’m surprised and angry that they were not immediately deleted after the final images were selected.”
“Today Im [sic] a ball of negative emotions,” she said in her statement posted to Twitter on Monday.
“I feel blindsided, embarrassed, violated, angry, sad, and million other things,” she went on to say. Not solely because I did not consent to this, but because of the vile way people have reacted.”
Some of the responses, she said, sickened her and disturbed her.
She continued, “I fully intend to find out where the leak originated from and pressing criminal charges in regards to this. It’s important to me that someone actually be held accountable for their actions and the way it impacts my life.”
She also compared the photo leak to a nuclear explosion.
“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 [sic] your relationships & people who matter most too.”
Though GQ has yet to comment, Muñoz spoke out on Twitter, condemning the leak.
“I am outraged and sadden to find out that images of mine were stolen and published without my permission,” he said on Instagram.
“There is currently an investigation underway,” he added. “Posting these stolen images is illegal and anyone who has done so will be prosecuted.”
He added, “I empethize [sic] with any discomfort that this situation has caused to anyone that is involved.”