Vanessa Hudgens: Nude Photo Scandal Still Haunts Me
If Vanessa Hudgens had her way, the past would stay in the past.
After a third set of nude photos taken in 2007 surfaced online just last month, the 22-year-old actress opened up to The L.A. Times about the effect it's had on her career.
"It's just silly because I'm a very present person, and that's so in the past," Hudgens said. "The fact that somebody keeps bringing up the past is just selfish. I mean, it sucks. I already released a statement the first time it happened. It's just unfortunate that it keeps reminding people about the past and not the present."
"A woman's body is a beautiful thing," she reasoned. "There's no reason why we shouldn't, like, be our best in our costumes."
"It has honestly changed me, almost," Hudgens said. "You really have to stay strong, because times get tough. Especially in this business. It's a dog-eat-dog world. There's so many amazing actresses who got taken advantage of."
"A lot of women get walked all over on by not standing up for themselves, and that's just not what I'm about," she continued. "I'm figuring myself out now as a young adult more than I ever have. It's like my eyes are opening and I'm awakening to controlling my future."