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Sia Had an Epic Response to Paparazzi Trying to Sell Nude Pics of Her

Taking matters into her own hands.

Sia is known for being notoriously private (she often wears giant wigs to hide her face), so posting a nude photo of herself for her millions of followers to see is a pretty big deal.

There is rhyme to the “Cheap Thrills” singer’s reason, however. According to the 41-year-old songstress, paparazzi were threatening to sell naked photos of Sia to her fans. Rather than letting the paps take control, she took matters into her own hands, posting the photo on her social media channels before anyone else could.

“Someone is apparently trying to sell naked photos of me to my fans. Save your money, here it is for free,” she captioned the NSFW photo, adding “Everyday is Christmas!” at the end, referencing the name of her latest album.

What makes matters more disturbing, though, is the screenshot of the watermarked FameFlyNet photo, which reads, “If you make the purchase it will be unblurred and you will receive an additional 14 images,” meaning paparazzi was trying to sell 15 (!!!) unauthorized nude photos of Sia.

This should go without saying, but taking nude photos without someone’s consent is absolutely WRONG, as is trying to sell them for (presumably loads of) money. But somehow it still continues to happen. Some celebs, like Sia, though, are fighting back. Earlier this year, a French court fined photographers and gossip magazine executives over topless photos taken of Kate Middleton sunbathing on a terrace in 2012. The court also ordered the defendants to pay damages to Middleton and her husband, Prince William.

Many were quick to applaud Sia for her response, including fellow songstress Sara Bareilles, who called the “Chandelier” singer her “hero.”

But while we applaud Sia for taking control over the situation, really, she shouldn’t have had to. As The Independent notes, “No one should have to find themselves in this situation: caught between a rock and a hard place, forced, like Sia, to share photographs against their will.”

Here’s hoping the consent and privacy of others becomes more respected in the future.