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Victoria’s Secret model Sara Sampaio says she’s pressured to pose naked as she slams industry sex harassment

VICTORIA’S Secret angel Sara Sampaio has admitted she often feels pressured to strip naked on photoshoots and slammed the industry for a “hypocritical” response to disgraced photographer Terry Richardson.

Speaking at the Web Summit in Lisbon, the Portuguese-born 26-year-old said even at the top of the fashion industry she feels bullied into getting naked while working.

 Victoria's Secret model Sara Sampaio says she is still pressured to pose naked for photoshootsGetty – Contributor Victoria’s Secret model Sara Sampaio says she is still pressured to pose naked for photoshoots

“I’ve definitely had throughout my career a lot of times that I’ve got pushed into some things I didn’t want to. Or things that people are like ‘oh that’s just part of the business’,” she said.

“I’m fed up and I’m in a great position in the fashion industry so I can’t imagine all these new girls just coming in. Especially when you’re a new face it’s a lot of s**t you go through.

“Underage girls being forced to do topless photos, underage girls being sexualised very early and even older girls being bullied into getting naked. It doesn’t need to be like that.”

Speaking about her recent experience with French men’s magazine Lui, which she outed on Instagram after it published pictures against her will, Sampaio revealed how she came under pressure to strip despite agreeing to shoot the Autumn cover on a no nudity contract, news.com.au reported.

 The 26-year-old hit out at the sex harassment scandal engulfing the entertainment industryGetty Images – Getty The 26-year-old hit out at the sex harassment scandal engulfing the entertainment industry  Sampaio is one of the brand's leading supermodelsGetty – Contributor Sampaio is one of the brand’s leading supermodels

The 10-year industry veteran said a crew member approached her with previous nude photos she had posed for, saying: “‘But this is no different than this,’ and I’m like ‘yes it is.’ It’s about choice.

“Just because you’ve kissed a lot of guys in the past, it doesn’t give anyone the right to come and kiss you without your permission.”

She told how the magazine broke her trust by publishing “accidents” she had marked as not for publication.

“While you’re shooting it’s really hard to make sure everything is always covered,” she said. “You really have to trust the team they’re not going to use the photos you don’t want them to use.

“To my surprise, one of those accidents was on the cover and one was inside with the story. And I felt very hurt because for me, the one time that I made sure this was not going to happen, they still did it.”

 She also claimed a publication recently posted photos of her that she did not approveGetty Images – Getty She also claimed a publication recently posted photos of her that she did not approve  She also referenced the Terry Richardson scandal, saying people must be named in order to make them accountableGetty – Contributor She also referenced the Terry Richardson scandal, saying people must be named in order to make them accountable

Sampaio said speaking up is still a fine line for models who rely on social media success to book jobs and command top dollar.

“Being vocal about these things doesn’t really get a lot of engagement,” she said. “A selfie might get 400,000 likes and if I post a post about [an issue], I might get 50,000.”

As for whether the industry will start to change, given the revelations following the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the voice social media has given to so many, Sampaio said fashion “desperately needs” people to start being called out by name to make them accountable.

She referenced the scandal surrounding famous fashion photographer Terry Richardson, who was finally black-listed by top magazines including Vogue, GQ and Glamour last month, after years of sexual harassment and assault allegations against him.

“Everyone knew about Terry Richardson and all these people looked the other way and kept working with him. And now this whole Weinstein thing happened and all of a sudden yeah, it’s, ‘let’s use him as a scapegoat.’

“That’s kind of hypocritical. You guys knew this was happening. You still chose to work with him year after year and you’re putting these girls into a bad situation.”

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A version of this story originally appeared on news.com.au.

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