AP News came out with this news blot this afternoon about Vanessa Hudgens (Gabriella) about a nude photo she took of herself and was intercepted on the web.
AOL is circulating the news as well in this article.
My heart sank when I saw it, sad for this girl and her boyfriend, Zac Efron (also of HSM). While it was naive of her to a) try to send a photo to him via the internet and b) truly sad that she even thought of taking a nude photo in order to give to him I guess I’m not surprised.
In a way, it’s a good thing they’re both under Disney contracts. Disney is a powerful force and they have the resources to do whatever it takes to seize this image wherever it pops up to protect Disney’s reputation.
I’m disappointed in Vanessa, embarrassed for Zac, and hope this doesn’t mar their future in the business.
However, I must admit, the thought did cross my mind that she may be relieved to have this floating about her. Reminds me of Julie Andrews’ frustration of not being able to get ‘real women’ roles after her start. Maybe Vanessa thinks this will help her ‘goody 2 shoes, innocent’ image from taking hold beyond her Disney contract. I do wonder if this will make her even more popular/marketable (branching out from the teen mold).
I don’t know anything about her faith (if she professes any) but she needs our prayers right now, in hopes that she’ll learn something from all this (something morally correct).