Pictured above, Angie Varona and her father.
About four years ago, Angie Varona, then age 14 did something very stupid. She uploaded photos to her private Photobucket account. Among the photos, Angie posted photos posing in her bikini and a bra and panties meant only for her then-boy-friends to see.
“It was stupid,” Angie, now 18, says. “I guess I thought I looked appealing and sexy. My self esteem wasn’t what it should’ve been either.”
Plenty of her friends were doing much of the same. Posting provocative pictures on their Facebook walls. Sending images they would later regret to boyfriends who would one day become ex-boyfriends. But Angie’s account was hacked, and six months later a school friend emailed her an ominous note: Her pictures were appearing on porn sites.
At the time, her name did not accompany her photos. That would come later. That and people posing as Angie Varona on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and assorted forums and message boards.
Eventually, the nightmarish notoriety would land the Miami teen on ABC’s Nightline to warn other girls about the possible consequences of posting provocative photos — no matter how private the website. She also recounted her story in MiamiMontage, a publication produced by high school journalism students at a University of Miami summer program.
“All this time, I wish I had listened to my parents,” she says. “None of this would’ve happened and I would just be living through the regular drama of high school.”
Remembering that initial discovery still makes her shudder. “I was crying hysterically. I couldn’t believe it,” she says. And she didn’t know then how bad it would get. Over the next four years, she would become an unwitting and unwilling Internet sex symbol.
Read the rest of this fascinating story by clicking below. Also check out the clip of her interview on ABC’s Nightlinethe original article from Miami Herald, written by Ana Veciana-Suarez Aveciana