British politician Gloria De Piero would appreciate if the media stopped trying to dig up topless photos of her when she was a teenager.
De Piero, the shadow minister for women and equalities, doesn’t deny the existence of the photos. The Labour MP said that she posed for a few topless photos when she was about 15 and said that it would be “humiliating” if they were brought back into the public spotlight.
The Labour MP writes: “I have talked about why I posed for these pictures in interviews before. I thought at the time it was a way of improving my circumstances. This is part of my story and part of who I am. I can’t change it now but this happened over twenty years ago.”
De Piero said that she grew up in poverty and that she decided to pose nude so that she could earn some money for clothes.
The Labour MP said: “I’ve got an amazing mum and dad, but after the age of about 10, no-one worked in my household due to my father’s ill health. My parents had jobs, they never had careers, and they were very, very ambitious for their daughter to have a better life than them. I wanted some money, like my friends… There are reasons why I thought that they might be a way out for me, but I would respectfully say that I hope they are not published. I would find it embarrassing, humiliating.”
De Piero writes in a blog post that the media should stop its hunt for her topless photos. The politician said that in addition to causing her distress, publishing the photos could also discourage young men and women from running for office.
De Piero writes: “I don’t think anyone wants politics to be open only to those people who were planning their political careers in their teens. I would like to see a politics that represents our country, including many more women from all walks of life, and that is something I am passionately committed to help bring about. No one should have to worry that something they did when they were young might prevent them from serving their community or getting involved in politics at a local or national level.”