Reigning Miss New Jersey Amy Polumbo told reporters Thursday that someone has threatened to go public with years-old, not salacious pictures of her if she doesn't give up her crown…. Polumbo said that she received copies of between six and a dozen photos—which she and her attorney would only describe as not revealing—in the mail on June 25, accompanied by a letter threatening to publish them unless she relinquished her crown to first runner-up Ronica Licciardello.Given the fact that this story comes out mere months after also-from-New-Jersey American Idol contestant Antonella Barba's steamy pictures made their way into the public discussion, we here at Public Eye feel the need to supply something along the lines of a Public Service Announcement. Because we're always looking out for the kids.
I, [state your name], being of sound mind and lithe body:
We here at Public Eye understand that photographers are ubiquitous, whether they're carrying a Canon around their neck or holding a cell phone in their hand. Walking anywhere on Earth nowadays can turn into a wicked game of "Candid Camera." (Even when the images are as innocent as track and field photos.) But there's simply no need to flirt, cavort or perform before every camera that you come across. Just because the person taking the picture may be a friend, the picture itself is not.
Remember: You've got about twenty years until you're allowed to have youthful indiscretions.