It should go without saying but everyone should have a reasonable expectation of privacy. In the case of celebrities, there does seem to be a tacit agreement with the public that we all understand that people are likely to stop and gawk at them when they appear in public. Hell, the most famous of people must have even realized by now that if they are somewhere a telephoto lens can capture their image, that they may want to be careful about what they do. It is sad but true but as of late things have gotten even worse for celebrities as the nude photo leak has become a more and more regular occurrence.
It is truly awful that a celebrity can take intimate photos of themselves in the privacy of a private residence or hotel room and even that may be seen by the masses. All of us do things in the privacy of our homes that we’d never want a rabble of strangers to look at and obsess over, but that has become a reality for several celebrities. Still, let’s be honest with one another here, most of us are going to have a look, aren’t we? After all, the majority of the people who’ve gained the attention of the masses are extremely beautiful so we’re all a little bit interested to see what they’re working with. Furthermore, even in the case of less attractive people who we see entertain us regularly, curiosity takes over and we feel compelled to see what is going on under those clothes. While the gentlemen who’ve had their nude image spread to the world are worthy of inclusion, we didn’t want our list to become excessively long so maybe they can make up a list of their own one day. Instead, right now, we bring to you our list of fifteen female celebrities that had private photos leaked.
In order for someone to be included in this list, they have to meet some very basic criteria. They have to be a woman who has become well-known to at least a significant group of people for any reason. It doesn’t matter if they are predominantly known for acting, music, being a reality show star or any other profession, as long as their name or face is known. The only other thing that needs to have happened is that photos of them with at least some of their privates showing need to have been spread among us regular folks. So, without any further ado, let’s get to the list.
Known for songs like “We Found Love”, “Live Your Life”, “Love The Way You Lie”, “Umbrella” and “Disturbia” to name but a few, Rihanna is one of the most successful singers in the world today. Also a budding actress, she has appeared in movies like Battleship, This Is the End, Annie, and is set to play a part in Ocean’s Eight. One of the sexiest women alive in a lot of people’s view, Rihanna has shown a level of confidence in herself that very few people can even imagine. Still, even she had difficulties dealing with nude photos meant for her boyfriend at the time becoming widely available. Having previously had a photo of her taken for evidence purposes in relation to the Chris Brown domestic abuse case leaked, she seems to have seen it as one more blow. Asked about it, she said this “Oh great, so now there’s nothing they don’t know about me and my private life”. Also explaining how it felt, she revealed this, “It was humiliating and it was embarrassing – especially my mom having to see that”.
14 Brie Larson
Opinions of actors can generally run the gamut, meaning the person I like you may hate and vice versa, but most people seem to see Brie Larson as fantastic at her craft. Fantastic in the series United States of Tara, her greatest success is a movie star as evidenced by films like 21 Jump Street, The Spectacular Now, and Room. On top of that, she is set to appear in potential blockbusters including Kong: Skull Island and Avengers: Infinity War, both of which seem like can’t miss projects. A target of hackers that found nude photos of her against her will and released them to the public, they made it possible for any schmoe to see her fantastic figure.
13 AJ Michalka
A multitalented performer, AJ is an actress and part of a pop music duo with her sister Aly, who also had nude photos of her leaked at the same time along with the duo’s mother. Seen in movies like The Lovely Bones, Secretariat and Super 8, despite that, her greatest success has been on TV, where she is one of the stars of The Goldbergs. Cast as Lainey Lewis, the best friend of the titular family’s daughter and girlfriend to their son, she appears in almost every episode of the popular sitcom that takes place in the eighties. We can only imagine how it might feel to have nude photos of every woman in your immediate family released to the world, and it doesn’t seem great, but at least they could lean on one another.
12 Krysten Ritter
If you are anything like us, the first time you really took note of this talented actress came when she play Jane, Jesse’s girlfriend, on the show Breaking Bad. Going on to starring roles in the show Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 and appearances in movies like She's Out of My League, Veronica Mars and Big Eyes, she continued to do great work. However, in our minds, the role that made her a star was when she was cast as the titular character in the Netflix series Jessica Jones, which is part of The Marvel Cinematic Universe. The victim of a nude photo leak in 2014, she had a nuder of images of Krysten released, which cumulatively appeared to reveal pretty much all of her body.
11 Mary Elizabeth Winstead
An actress that has been making an impact in Hollywood for more than a decade now, Mary somehow still seems to very much be on the rise. Initially known for roles in movies like Sky High, Final Destination 3, Death Proof, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Thing prequel, and the Die Hard franchise, she slowly but surely has built a career for herself. Between recent appearances in movies like Swiss Army Man, The Hollars, and Swiss Army Men, as well as an upcoming part in the third season of Fargo, however, she seems to be becoming a bigger star all the time. Involved in a nude photo leak that happened in 2014, she responded to her private photos being released quickly. Tweeting about it, she wrote this: “to those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves,". Further Tweeting about the effort that had to go into finding the pictures to begin with, she wrote this: “knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this”.
10 Christina Hendricks
A woman that seems very strong-willed and sure of herself and who she is, Christina seems like the perfect person to play Joan, her memorable character from the beloved show, Mad Men. Also memorable for playing a small part on the cult show Firefly, and appearing in movies like Drive, God's Pocket, and Lost River, our only desire is to see more of her on our television screens. A woman that is well known for her curvy figure, clearly, someone wanted to see more of her body too as she had naked pictures of her leaked online.
9 Lizzy Caplan
An actress that has played memorable parts in shows like Freaks and Geeks, The Class, and Party Down, she seems to have a history of appearing in beloved shows that came to an end far too early. Fortunately for fans of Lizzy, she has started to make an impact in the film world due to roles in movies like Hot Tub Time Machine, Save the Date, Bachelorette, The Interview, and Now You See Me 2. The victim of a nude photo leak that saw many images of her in various stages of undress hit the internet, the photos were sexy and filled with personality which seemed fitting for her.
8 Yvonne Strahovski
A statuesque blonde who was cast in the show Chuck where she played a secret agent that was notable for her incredible looks gaining her access to private locations, she was perfect for the role. Also well-known for her supporting role in later seasons of the show Dexter, she ended up being the girl of the titular serial killer’s dreams and many of ours. An actress that initially claimed the images were fake, that was quickly debunked by people on the internet who compared the images to ones she knowingly released. Speaking about having nude photos leaked, Yvonne didn’t mince words in the slightest, saying this, “the bottom line is it's just such a crime, it's a criminal act”.
7 Gabrielle Union
One of the most stunning actresses of her generation, Gabrielle seemed to be predestined towards stardom from the moment we saw her and her seemingly endless poise. She is most famous due to roles in movies like She's All That, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Brothers, Think Like a Man, Bad Boys II, Cradle 2 the Grave, and the series Being Mary Jane. Involved in an event where many famous women had nude photos leaked in 2014, she wrote a response to it that was far more revealing than her photos ever could have been. Decrying the violation and referring to it as a “hate crime against women”, her thoughts were made all the sadder when it came to light that she learned about what happened the day after being married while on honeymoon.
6 Jennifer Lawrence
Arguably Hollywood’s “it girl” for a few years, it seemed like everything Jennifer touched turned to gold. Whether that meant Oscar nods, as was the case for Winter's Bone, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, or Joy, or huge box office hits like with The Hunger Games films, she always seemed to kill it. Also recognizable for her role as Mystique in the X-Men franchise and films like Passengers, she certainly seems to have a huge career in front of her too. Known for her charming personality and not taking herself too seriously, her attitude towards her privacy being taken from her was uncharacteristic but entirely justified. Jennifer was quoted as saying, “I can’t even describe to anybody what it feels like to have my naked body shot across the world like a news flash against my will. It just makes me feel like a piece of meat that’s being passed around for profit.” Also referring to the incident as a “sex crime” it is clear that she was hurt and angry which we totally understand.
5 Kate Upton
One of the most famous models in the world today, Kate Upton has posed for a long list of publications. Most associated with the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which she has appeared on the cover of in the past, it is a huge deal to appear in the pages of that highly anticipated annual publication. Also, famously featured on the cover of an issue of Vanity Fair that celebrated the magazine’s one-hundredth anniversary, she is a go-to model for major events. Even trying her hand at acting in movies like Tower Heist, The Three Stooges and The Other Woman, she is a star in a variety of mediums, including serving as the face of a video game called Game of War: Fire Age. One of the women that were involved in a massive dump of private photos in 2014, her agent called it an “outrageous violation of privacy”.
4 Kat Dennings
A lot of people first became aware of Kat Dennings due to her supporting role in the movie The 40-Year-Old Virgin and it seems like she has been omnipresent ever since. Also appearing in movies like Charlie Bartlett, The House Bunny, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, Defendor, and the first two Thor movies, she has definitely made her mark. On top of that, she became the star of a show called 2 Broke Girls in 2011 and continues on in that role to this day. The victim of two separate photo leaks, at first there were three photos of her released online but several more became available afterward, although the new images featured far less nudity.
3 Scarlett Johansson
Arguably the biggest female star in the world today, Scarlett Johansson seems to be everywhere these days and most of us probably wouldn’t have it any other way. Most famous for playing The Black Widow in The Marvel Cinematic Universe, that role alone would be more than enough for a lot of actors around the world. Scarlett, however, has been in many more memorable films like Ghost World, Lost in Translation, The Prestige, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Her and Under the Skin to name but a few. The victim of a nude photo hack in September of 2011, she revealed in an interview that “it feels wrong”. Also speaking about celebrity privacy, she stuck up for herself by saying “just because you're an actor or make films or whatever doesn't mean you're not entitled to your own personal privacy”. At the time of the release of the images her lawyers also sent out cease and desist orders to websites carrying them but it was a losing battle as once something hits the internet it is likely never going anywhere.
2 Blake Lively
Coming to the world’s attention as one of the stars of the high school drama Gossip Girl in between 2007 and 2012, Blake Lively became a star due to the controversial show. Going on to appear in movies like The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and its sequel, Accepted, The Town, Green Lantern and The Shallows, her career seems to have endless potential going forward. The victim of a nude photo leak in 2011, the images were released at the same time as several pictures of Olivia Munn who quickly admitted that the photos were of her. Blake, on the other hand, denied the veracity of her photos through her agent but eagle-eyed internet sleuths compared her camera, surroundings, and even freckles to other photos of her. The results were pretty conclusive so any question that the pictures were of her have been put to rest.
1 Kaley Cuoco
One of the stars of The Big Bang Theory, a show that has become a ratings behemoth, Kaley Cuoco went from having a relatively low profile to being a massive star in recent years. Slowly making the move into the film world with comedies like The Wedding Ringer, there is no telling how big of a star she will become but we’re guessing the sky is the limit. Having previously starred in another sitcom, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, she was well prepared for the grind of weekly television but the increased attention she has received may have been more daunting. Unfortunately, possibly due in part to her higher stature, she caught the attention of the hackers that were responsible for the dump of nude photos of celebrities that came to be known as 'The Fappening'. One of the women that had a lot of private images of her released as part of the event, she has rightfully referred to that as “disturbing.
Sources: axs, businessinsider, nydailynews, tmz