Upon hearing that someone was attempting to sell naked photos of her on the internet, notoriously private Australian singer and songwriter Sia decided to take matters in her own hands – and publish them herself.
Sia, one of the most successful songwriters in the world, posted a nude photograph of herself to Twitter and Instagram yesterday, with the caption: “Someone is apparently trying to sell naked photos of me to my fans. Save your money, here it is for free. Everyday is Christmas!”
The photographs appear to have been taken from a distance, without Sia’s permission. The person selling them promised an “additional 14 images” to whoever chooses to purchase the nude photo of the star.
By posting the photos herself, Sia took back the power from those who were attempting to violate her privacy, her body and her reputation
Sia has always been vigilant about controlling her image, regularly wearing elaborate wigs, marks or, on one occasion, a paper bag when in public. Talking to The Guardian last year, she explained why she went to such extremes to cover her face: “It was about not having to deal with the unfairness of being a pop star,” she says. “Not having to worry about camera angles catching your double chin. Everybody in the entertainment industry is insecure. We have been tap-dancing our entire lives for your approval...”
By posting the photos herself, Sia took back the power from those who were attempting to violate her privacy, her body and her reputation. She expertly flipped the narrative of the vulnerable female celebrity being preyed upon by the paparazzi and instead made the story about one of the world’s best songwriters standing up to the people who tried to exploit her – even managing to promote her new Christmas album, Everyday Is Christmas, at the same time.
Ultimately, whether she’s veiled by a wig, or completely naked, Sia proved last night that she will always be the sole master of her own image.