Hailey Bieber Discusses Recent Fear Of Being ‘Upskirted’ By The Paparazzi

Ata Owaji Victor
·2-min read
Photo credit: Sean Zanni - Getty Images
Photo credit: Sean Zanni - Getty Images

Hailey Bieber has opened up about her relationship with the paparazzi and concerns over being 'upskirted'.

On an episode of TikToker's Dixie D'Amelio's YouTube series The Early Late Show, released on April 11, the model discussed being photographed by the paparazzi.

During the interview, the star admitted that she hasn't quite gotten used to the presence of cameras constantly surrounding her and her husband Justin Bieber, describing some photographers as often being 'disrespectful'. She also recalled a recent incident in which she felt like she may have been 'upskirted'.

'Upskirting' describes the act of someone taking a sexually intrusive photograph up someone's skirt without their permission.

In February 2019, the Voyeurism (Offences) (No.2) Bill, known as the 'Upskirting Bill' received Royal Assent in the UK, following an 18-month campaign by activist Gina Martin. From April that year, 'upskirting' became a criminal offence which is punishable by up to two years in prison.

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Photo credit: Rachpoot/MEGA - Getty Images

'I was leaving a place with my husband, and we were coming out of this place and there were like curtains on either side of the entrance, and I had noticed that someone had stuck the camera under the curtain from the ground angle,' Bieber recalled.

'I was wearing a really short skirt, so when we got in the car I was like, "I feel like it's a tricky angle, because I'm concerned they would have shot up my skirt." Like, what else are you going to see?'

The incident in question occurred last month outside the popular West Hollywood restaurant and lounge The Nice Guy. In a video taken during the incident, the model's husband is seen confronting nearby paparazzi about their photos, according to E News!. The paparazzi can later be heard denying any wrongdoing in the clip.

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Photo credit: Marc Piasecki - Getty Images

In the interview, Bieber discussed the paparazzi industry. She noted that she struggles to 'understand it' and that she feels like 'it's a really weird, invasive thing'.

However, the model admitted that she does understand why the paparazzi take photos of people in the media.

'What I understand is people trying to capture clothing and get these outfits shots, because that's good for the people who designed the clothes and for the stylists, that I understand,' she noted.

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