Thursday 8 December 2016

Victoria's Secret Angel Sara Sampaio hits out at paparazzi for topless sunbathing photos

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Published 30/08/2016 | 13:16

Model and New Victoria's Secret Angel Sara Sampaio from Portugal walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Model and New Victoria's Secret Angel Sara Sampaio from Portugal walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Model and New Victoria's Secret Angel Sara Sampaio from Portugal walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
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Model and New Victoria's Secret Angel Sara Sampaio from Portugal walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
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Model and New Victoria's Secret Angel Sara Sampaio from Portugal walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
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Sara Sampaio enjoys a lunch with boyfriend Oliver Riplay and pals at a beach club on August 13, 2016 in Ibiza, Spain. (Photo by Iconic/GC Images)

Portuguese model Sara Sampaio has accused the paparazzi of invading her privacy after snapping her topless while vacationing on a yacht.

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The Victoria's Secret Angel has been relaxing in the South of France with her boyfriend Oliver Ripley, and she recently ditched her bikini top to avoid tan lines while sunbathing onboard a private boat.

However, an eagle-eyed photographer recognised the topless beauty and snapped away from a distance, and now the images have surfaced online, much to Sara's disgust.

The 25-year-old Sports Illustrated Swimsuit star took to Facebook over the weekend to address the controversy, claiming she was "privately minding her own business" when the pictures were taken.

Sara Sampaio enjoys a lunch with boyfriend Oliver Riplay and pals at a beach club on August 13, 2016 in Ibiza, Spain. (Photo by Iconic/GC Images)
Sara Sampaio enjoys a lunch with boyfriend Oliver Riplay and pals at a beach club on August 13, 2016 in Ibiza, Spain. (Photo by Iconic/GC Images)

"I had no idea that there was someone far away with a big telescopic lens taking pictures of me," she explained to fans. "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. There is a difference though. Its (sic) 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.”

She went on to blast a society where people are paid to “spy” on others, before turning on the paparazzi directly.

"How would you feel if you woke up one morning to find pictures of your 25yr (year) old daughter topless all over the Internet?" she fumed.

Model and New Victoria's Secret Angel Sara Sampaio from Portugal walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Model and New Victoria's Secret Angel Sara Sampaio from Portugal walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Sara also touched upon body shaming, telling her followers she is proud of her imperfect body before suggesting those that criticise others need to show some more compassion and love.

The post has so far garnered over 20,000 likes.

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