MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) Three (3) of Ellen Adarna’s unpublished photos showing her fully naked has been posted on an online image sharing website by unknown individuals. The photos were taken by Jake Versoza for the April 2014 issue of Esquire magazine.
According to Esquire Philippines, Ellen agreed to the photo shoot with the understanding that no nude photographs would be published or distributed.
In their official statement, Esquire Philippines states that:
The images in question … were never used in the magazine itself, and in most cases, were never even in the possession of the magazine – Esquire Philippines
With this line it appears that these were additional photos taken without the magazine’s knowledge. However, the next line states the following:
The images we did use … were treated to make sure any sensitive areas were artfully covered or obscured – Esquire Philippines
If we are to analyze this statement, it appears that the shoot was done with Ellen Adarna nude, and the photos were covered up later using post processing techniques.
In light of this scandal, Esquire Philippines has issued the following statement on Facebook:
ESQUIRE PHILIPPINES’ STATEMENT REGARDING UNAUTHORIZED DISTRIBUTION OF ELLEN ADARNA’S PHOTOS
Esquire Philippines and Summit Media condemn the unauthorized distribution of photographs of Ellen Adarna that were originally taken from a shoot the magazine had staged for its April 2014 edition. She had agreed to be featured in Esquire Philippines with the understanding that no nude photographs taken of her then would be published or disseminated. The recent circulation of such sensitive photos without her (or our) knowledge or consent is in blatant violation of her privacy, and her right to dignity. We share her outrage; we are deeply angry; we will not hesitate to take the appropriate legal action.
The images in question, staged with photographer Jake Versoza, were never used in the magazine itself, and in most cases, were never even in the possession of the magazine. The images we did use from the shoot were treated to make sure any sensitive areas were artfully covered or obscured, as had been the agreement.
It is apparent as well to Esquire magazine that its own rights, as well as that of photographer Jake Versoza, have been infringed. We will take the proper measured action to protect its rights. Most importantly, we urge all not to participate in the dissemination of sensitive images that were not intended for public by the one person whose rights and dignity above all else’s should be respected at this time.
As for Ellen Adarna, she has issued the following statement on her Twitter account (@ellenmgadarna):
Yesterday I received good and bad news. Today will be a fucking good day. Moving on… I’ll just keep… http://t.co/su4AdUIBcu
— Ellen Adarna (@ellenmgadarna) September 16, 2014
The full message, however, appears to have been posted on her Instagram account (@ellenmgadarna):
Yesterday I received good and bad news. Today will be a fucking good day. Moving on… I’ll just keep telling myself that in the end everything is gonna be okay, if it’s not ok it’s not the end (my mantra since 15) #neverfailsme hahaha Have a good day y’all! Good Morning! – Ellen Adarna (@ellenmgadarna on Instagram)