Victoria’s Secret model blasts magazine for publishing nude snaps without consent

Victoria’s Secret angel Sara Sampaio has taken a stand against French magazine Lui after the glossy printed a semi-naked photo of her on its cover.

The 26-year-old is taking legal action against the publication as she claims the editors published nude photos without her permission.

Taking to Instagram to release a statement about the snaps, Sara said: “I had agreed to shoot the cover feature of Lui’s autumn issue, under the condition that there was NO NUDITY.

“My agency and I insisted on having a clear agreement in place to protect myself in order to control the choice I made.

“Even with the ‘No Nudity’ clause in my agreement with Lui, I was aggressively pressured to do nude shots on set, asking me why I didn’t want to show my nipples or go fully nude.”


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During the shoot, Sara said she had to “constantly defend” herself and continually “reiterate her boundaries” surrounding nudity.

Despite making an effort to keep her body covered, the brunette beauty noticed that some of the shots showed off more than she had hoped.

Sara said: “While reviewing the final images taken, I noticed that there were accidental exposures with parts of my body that I didn’t want exposed.

“I spoke up and was assured that those images would not be used.”

She continued: “The magazine lied and proceeded to publish a cover image of me with nudity, which was in clear violation of our agreement.”

“Since the issue was released, I’ve been working with my agency to pursue legal action against Lui. What they did to me is unacceptable.

“We have the right to make our own individual choices about our bodies”

Sara Sampaio

“I feel violated, mistreated and disrespected as a professional and as a woman.

“I want to do what I can to prevent this from happening to me again, and to others.”

The lingerie model’s stand is important as she’s setting an example for other women in the industry who feel pressurised into taking off their clothes.

She also pointed out that just because she’s posed nude in the past, doesn’t mean she has to do so again.

Sara added: “Just because I’ve consented to posing nude in the past, it does not give anyone the permission to assume I would do so again under any circumstance.

“It’s my choice. And when I make that choice, I expect to be treated with respect and professionalism.

“As models and as women, we need to stand together and demand the respect we deserve. We have the right to make our own individual choices about our bodies, our image, and our lives.”

Sara stood solid with fellow model Cameron Russell by using her hashtag #myjobshouldnotincludeabuse – after the 30-year-old began exposing sexual harassment in the fashion industry by posting anonymous accounts from victims.