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Vanessa Hudgens Nude Pictures

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Published on Sep 7, 2007

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Disney celebrity Vanessa Hudgens was involved in a nude photo scandal in 2007. The scandal affected the image of Hudgens as well as her employer the Walt Disney Company. Hudgens was best known for her role as an innocent young woman in the High School Musical movies, an image that was threatened by the leaked photos.

On August 31, 2007, the National Enquirer newspaper reported that Disney's Hudgens had taken both nude and scantily clad photos of herself which they were going to publish in an upcoming issue. The National Enquirer reported two different stories. The first story was that Hudgens had taken the pictures of herself as a surprise for her then and now boyfriend and HSM co-star Zac Efron (http://www.nationalledger.com). Numerous blogs criticized the story, giving it more legs than was expected. Blogs even speculated that Zac might have taken the photo himself as a publicity stunt for the couple (http://www.gossip.about.com). The second story presented by the National Enquirer was that Hudgens had taken the nude photo in January of 2004 and sent it to her boyfriend at the time Adam O'Neal. This would have made Hudgens 15 when the picture was taken (Hill, "When it comes to Disney's Vanessa Hudgens problem, no new nudes is good news," n.d.).

The scandal hit full force on September 6, 2007 while Hudgens was touring Australia with Zac during the promotion of his movie Hairspray (Jones, "Fans back Vanessa Hudgens over nude picture," 2007). PerezHilton.com was one of the first sites to leak the photo (http://www.seventeen.com), which Extra said was obtained illegally (http://www.extratv.warnerbros.com). Scott Goldberg wrote in the article "Vanessa Hudgens days at Disney numbered?" that "When the photos surfaced, the initial reaction was one of doubt in their authenticity," however this did not last long (http://www.dmwmedia.com). Vanessa Hudgen's publicist, Jill Fritzo, responded on the 6th, stating that the pictures were "taken privately. It is a personal matter and it is unfortunate that this has become public" (http://www.people.com). Hudgens seemed to have taken the photos in her bedroom, both in the buff and in skimpy lingerie.

While numerous magazines, including US and People, reported in their weekly editions that the Walt Disney Company was faced with the Vanessa Hudgens... Blogs also compared the scandal to the fall of Britney Spears (http://www.buddytv.com), making the future for Hudgens seem grim. A week into the crisis, blog sites began speculating that the pictures may have been meant for Nickelodeon star Drake Bell, who starred in the hit show Drake & Josh.

To make matters worse for Hudgens' reputation, Joe Francis, owner of Girls Gone Wild, extended an offer to Vanessa of $500,000 to join the GGW team (Santiago, "Disney reacts to Vanessa Hudgens nude photo," 2007). Francis said, "'Vanessa Hudgens is the classic girl next door gone wild. Being sexual is not a crime. She took a picture...it was leaked, and now it is time to move forward with her career'" (http://www.buddytv.com).

A second set of photos were rumored to have been found. Blogs and magazines all questioned how the Walt Disney Company would react to these second set of photos, as they had yet to react to the first grouping. It seemed apparent that the company was only willing to forgive one mistake, but another equally bad mistake would not be tolerated, especially with High School Musical 3 in the works. However, it turned out that the second set of photos that surfaced were much tamer than was expected. Both the National Enquirer and TMZ.com, which were both riding this scandal out from the beginning, realized that the second set of photos did not have much potential and they let the story fade away (Hill, "When it comes to Disney's Vanessa Hudgens problem, no new nudes is good news," n.d.). The pictures "just showed Vanessa with a bunch of her female friends, obviously camping it up for the camera" (Hill, "When it comes to Disney's Vanessa Hudgens problem, no new nudes is good news," n.d.). One picture showed "Hudgens touching tongues and grabbing breasts with a female friend" (http://www.machinist.salon.com).

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