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 sites, humor sites where people trade and comment on photos of underage girls — even on advertisements.
There are also numerous unauthorized Facebook profiles, Twitter accounts and YouTube channels, all claiming to be Varona — one Facebook fan page has more than 41,000 likes.
A recent Google search of “Angie Varona” turned up 608,000 original search items, including 63,000 photos tagged with her name. 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,” she said. “I have the original and everything. They Photoshopped the top off.”
For four years Angie kept hoping the online obsession would stop, but it’s only gotten worse.
“People wish to exploit me and I guess stalk me in a way…they want every picture that has ever been taken of me,” she said.
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 in 2007.
It was decision that she said has ruined her life.
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.
Someone found out my address and everything … threatening me, saying that they know where I live.’
The threats she said became so severe that her family had to contact the FBI.
Unable to escape the humiliation and to stop the photos from spreading, Miss Varona said she became depressed and turned to drugs, ran away from home and even thought about suicide.
Sobbing she said: ‘I would run away so my parents had to come find me, I just wanted some love because all I was getting was criticism all the time.’