Lauren Goodger: model feels "violated" by Essex star 'swiping' photo

Published Wednesday, May 14 2014, 10:02 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Lauren Goodger has left a model feeling "violated" after she was accused of lifting a photo from the model's Instagram picture, altering it, and then reposting it on her own account.

The former TOWIE star, 28, shared a sexy snap with fans last week, showing a glam woman baring her backside while straddling a stool.

Lauren Goodger shares a no make-up selfie while in bed - 12 May 2014

© Instagram / laurengoodgerofficial


US model Carmen Ortega poses for a selfie on Instagram, May 2014

© Instagram / @carmenortega


Eagle-eyed viewers soon realised the picture was actually of glamorous US model Carmen Ortega, who was none too happy to see her image on Lauren's page.

Carmen had posted the original photo, showing off her fabulous booty, to her Instagram account before a version appeared on Lauren's own account. Fans believed the image on Lauren's account was altered to make the woman's behind look wider.

It was later removed from Lauren's account.

Speaking in today's issue of The Sun, 27-year-old Carmen expressed her anger at the situation, accusing Lauren of altering her original image and being an "imposter". She also said she wanted Lauren to publicly apologise.

"I feel violated. I honestly feel sad that she would be so desperate to do such a thing. I work really hard on my body and looks, and my modelling career is on the rise because of my hard work," she added.

Carmen suggested she is now speaking with a lawyer.

Lauren Goodger indirectly responds to claims she altered an Instagram image from US model Carmen Ortega, 14 May 2014

© Instagram / @laurengoodgerofficial

Lauren has now responded – indirectly – via an Instagram post, saying: "As soon as you put a picture out there online you lose control of that image.

"I have this with images all over the internet and people use them for malicious postings. Personally, I would never do that. The only time I ever use images that are not mine is for inspiration or motivation. Namaste."

Carmen has yet to reply.

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