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S'pore model's nude photos hijacked
by Liew Hanqing

YET another woman has had her nude pictures exposed, joining a growing list of young, wired and brazen, and indiscreet Singaporeans who are causing a stir online.

Singaporean model Daphne Ang, 22, is the latest to have her pictures hijacked and posted on an overseas-hosted website.

She joins a string of at least five Singaporean women whose racy pictures have been featured on the website in the past year.

In largely conservative Singapore, one would expect such women to regret having their pictures posted when shame hits home.

Did Miss Ang now feel ashamed that Singapore netizens are circulating and talking about her pictures?

When contacted, Miss Ang declined comment.

In the website's write-up on Monday, Miss Ang was described as a former FHM model. FHM is a men's magazine which offers pictures of scantily-clad women.

The online pictures were taken for publication in Met Art, a US-registered erotica website.

She is partially-clothed in some of the photos, but completely naked in most.

In a number of photos, she is seen in various acrobatic poses.

Former gymnast

The source who provided the pictures on the website also described her as a former gymnast, which led to her being 'very flexible'.

The New Paper understands that the pictures currently being circulated are not new. They were featured on another website in 2005.

Most of the pictures currently being circulated were shot by Sydney-based photographer Alexa Star, who has herself posed for artistic nudes - including one where she is posing naked with Miss Ang.

In a personal statement on her website, Miss Star wrote: 'I do many conventional fashion, glamour and artistic photos, but also dare to use nudity and occasional erotic content where it is appropriate to the feeling and image being portrayed.'

How does Miss Ang view nudity? She's not telling.

But Singapore bloggers are letting their fingers do the talking by uploading them on online forums and posting them on their personal blogs.

One blogger wrote: 'I do not find her photos particularly objectionable as they were more on the artsy side, rather than pornography.'

Others were more personal, criticising Miss Ang's looks and her modest assets.

Another added that she was 'not a real looker' but 'had a nice body'.

Other netizens who posted comments on the website recognised the model as a blogger who became infamous about two years ago with a website showcasing her extensive body art - which included a tattoo across her chest, several face piercings and mutilations, including ear-lobe cutting and tongue splitting.

At the time, she frequently posted pictures online of the body art, including scarification.

Scarification is the creation of scars in a controlled manner, resulting in intricate designs on a person's skin.

The pictures she posted online then caused an uproar because of their gory nature.

Many of the pictures were taken immediately after she had got her body art done - and included a picture which showed a lump of flesh which had been cut from her ear-lobe during a procedure.

Her body mutilation was reported in The New Paper on Sunday in 2006.

Miss Ang had then engaged Spanish body artist Oscar Navarro to carve the body designs, which consisted of a seven-star motif on her calf.

The four-hour procedure was done without anaesthetic - and involved the flesh within an initial outline being clamped and sliced away.

It is understood that her tattoos and scars were digitally removed from the erotic photos.

Miss Ang also appeared in a 2005 report in The New Paper on teenage drinking.

She said she took her first sip of alcohol at a family function.

She started drinking heavily in Sec 3, and, by 17, was a regular at clubs like Zouk and the now-closed China Black.

The heavy drinking took a toll on her school work but she still managed to make it to a top junior college.

The New Paper had then asked Miss Ang's father, a lawyer, whether he was worried about his daughter.

He replied at the time: 'I am sure she can take care of herself. I hope she finds satisfaction and happiness in whatever she chooses.'

This article was first published in The New Paper on Jan 18, 2009.

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