Not even 24 hours after topless and fully nude photos of Audrina Patridge taken nearly five years ago surfaced online, and just hours after four more equally saucy shots of her began circulating, the "Hills" star took to MySpace, to defend the racy snaps and to impart some wisdom to her young fans.
"I intended them to be artistic and not in any way provocative," Patridge wrote in a blog posted to her MySpace Celebrity page. "I was naive, overly trusting of people and inexperienced. I thought that to be a model you had to be comfortable in front of the camera."
The photos — taken not long after Patridge's high school graduation and well before her gig on "The Hills" — feature the brunette completely topless, sporting a pink plaid schoolgirl skirt. Others depict her nude in a bathtub, surrounded by candles, wearing an orange cowboy hat. There are several others of her frolicking naked in an infinity pool. Patridge had sent the photos to Playboy for consideration.
In her blog post, Patridge confessed that she'd once dreamed of becoming a model, but trusted the wrong people. "I'm not ashamed of these photos, but I don't want my young fans to think they have to do what I did," Patridge wrote. "I hope people can learn from my inexperience."
The blog post is similar to the statement Patridge released yesterday to TMZ.com. "I took these photos years ago, when I was just out of high school and beginning to model," she told the site. "I was young and very trusting of others, and I didn't know to protect myself. It is a lesson learned, for myself, and hopefully for the young girls who look up to me."