The Victoria's Secret Angel has been relaxing in the South of France with her boyfriend Oliver Ripley, and she recently ditched her bikini top to avoid tan lines while sunbathing onboard a private boat.

However, an eagle-eyed photographer recognised the topless beauty and snapped away from a distance, and now the images have surfaced online, much to Sara's disgust.

The 25-year-old Sports Illustrated Swimsuit star took to Facebook over the weekend (27-28Aug16) to address the controversy, claiming she was "privately minding her own business" when the pictures were taken.

"I had no idea that there was someone far away with a big telescopic lens taking pictures of me," she explained to fans. "Some of you may say that I'm a public figure and it comes with my job. Others that I'm used to being photographed in swimsuits. There is a difference though."

She then addressed the paparazzi directly, fuming, "How would you feel if you woke up one morning to find pictures of your 25yr (year) old daughter topless all over the Internet?"