Charges filed against model accused of secretly photographing, body shaming naked woman

LOS ANGELES — A former Playboy Playmate who photographed a naked 70-year-old woman at a gym, then shared the picture on social media with a body shaming message has been charged, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said Friday.

Dani Mathers, 29, was charged with one count of invasion of privacy, Feuer said in a news release. She faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted in the case.

“Body shaming is humiliating, with often painful, long-term consequences. It mocks and stigmatizes its victims, tearing down self-respect and perpetuating the harmful idea that our unique physical appearances should be compared to air-brushed notions of ‘perfect.’ What really matters is our character and humanity,” Feuer said.

“While body-shaming, in itself, is not a crime, there are circumstances in which invading one’s privacy to accomplish it can be. And we shouldn’t tolerate that.”

In July, Mathers, Playboy’s 2015 Playmate of the Year, posted the photo to Snapchat with the caption, “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”

In response to the photo, her membership to all LA Fitness gyms was permanently revoked, the health club said.

Matthews apologized after the photo was posted.