In 2011, when she was still an up-and-coming country sweetheart, a topless photo leaked onto the Internet that was supposedly her.
The photo was never conclusively identified as her. Swift was then 22, and the girl in the photo looked somewhat younger.
In the photo, the woman is lying on her side on a bed wearing only turquoise panties with a strawberry print. Her hair is golden and curly very much like’s Swift’s at the time.
She also looks like she’s inside a tour bus or trailer like singers use, so that added weight to the claim it was her. But the camera angle is such that it’s hard to tell and Swift heatedly denied it was her.
PS any hackers saying they have 'nudes'? Psssh you'd love that wouldn't you! Have fun photoshopping cause you got NOTHING.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 27, 2015
Faking nude celebrity photos has been a cottage industry for years. Miley Cyrus was the victim of just such a scam as a teen, although she’s since gone commando on her own.
Harry Potter star Emma Watson was the victim of another blatantly fake nude photo scandal while a student at Brown University. Frat boys reportedly first circulated the photo on the campus Intranet before it went viral.
It was outed after the real photo surfaced and showed that Emma’s head had been photoshopped onto another woman’s body.
Swift taunted hackers with as much in a response to the hacking on Twitter.
“any hackers saying they have ‘nudes’? Psssh you’d love that wouldn’t you! Have fun photoshopping because you got NOTHING” she wrote.
The hackers are asking for bitcoin donations. Once they reach a certain level, they say they will release the nudes.
It may sound plausible at first glance, because so many actors, singers and other celebrities saw their private nude photos go viral last year. But that was an entirely different situation.
Their private iPhone accounts were hacked. But only Swift’s Twitter and Instagram accounts are known to have been breached, and both social media services prohibit posting nude photos.
Of course, they could have hacked Swift’s phone, too, and had better luck. But so far there’s been no indication her phone was hacked, or that nude selfies were found there.
Still, stranger things have happened. Check out the photo that leaked in 2011 here (nsfw). Let us know whether you think it could be real or fake.
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