Just as fame beckons K-pop singer Ailee (above), nude pictures taken of her before she became well-known have surfaced to haunt her.
The sexy Korean-American broke down when she found out last week about the leaked pictures, which she had posed for fully naked, South Korean media reported.
Hardly surprising since such pictures usually lead to scorn and even career suicide, especially for K-pop stars.
Then came the big surprise: Instead of the expected backlash, the starlet, who made her K-pop debut only last year, found herself gaining in popularity.
So much so that the 24-year-old is now on the brink of being voted Best Female Artist at the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards (Mama), which will be held in Hong Kong tonight.