Angie Varona Sex Symbol – Angie Varona is one of the most recognized young sex symbols on the Internet, not because she is an aspiring model, or even asking for the attention, but because her private photo account was hacked four years ago.
The 18-year-old said her likeness has shown up on porn and humor sites. A recent Google search of her name turned up 608,000 original search items, including 63,000 photos tagged. Many of the photos out there now, Varona said, are not her originals, but are remakes or women pretending to be her.
“They Photoshopped one of my bikini pictures,” Verona said. “I have the original and everything. They Photoshopped the top off.”
This summer, in an effort to spread awareness about the dangers of photo hacking, she decided to tell her story to the “Miami Montage,” a publication put together by high school journalism students at a University of Miami, then decided to tell her story to “Nightline.”
Varona was just 14 years old when she uploaded some provocative photos of herself wearing lingerie and bikinis — no nude pictures, she said — to the image-sharing website, Photobucket.com in 2007. She said it was a decision that ruined her life.
“When you’re 14 you don’t realize that the things you do really do matter at that point,” she told “Nightline” anchor Terry Moran in an exclsuive television interview. “No one ever thinks that, ‘yeah, I’m going to take these pictures and it’s going to end up all over the Internet.’ You just do it for yourself.”
At the time, Varona said the photos were intended for her then-boyfriend’s eyes only, but when someone hacked her private account, suddenly her private photos were everywhere online.
“We started emailing all the websites that had it already,” she said. “It just progressed instead and exploded way too much.”
Angie immediately told her parents, who were “dumbfounded” when their daughter came to them crying. It’s a problem for many teenage girls who have been hacked. All teenagers should never post images on the Internet or in their public email accounts.