Emily Ratajkowski Slams Release Of Nude Polaroids From '12 As “A Violation"
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The polaroids, taken in 2012, made tabloid headlines in the last week (The Sun, The Mirror, Esquire, NY Post, the usual suspects etc) and show a then 21-year-old Ratajkowski in a series of nude and semi-nude poses in lingerie. NSFW, obvs.
Leder plans to show all 71 polaroids both in his upcoming art photography book and New York art show.
In a series of tweets, the now 25-year-old actress and outspoken feminist called the book and the images within them “a violation”, and the fact that they are being used without her permission “an example of exactly the opposite of what I stand for – women choosing when and how they want to share their sexuality and bodies.”
I've been resisting speaking publicly on the recently released photos by Jonathan Leder to avoid giving him publicity. But I've had enough— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) November 30, 2016
This book and the images within them are a violation.— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) November 30, 2016
5 out of the now 100s of released photos were used for what they were intended: an artful magazine shoot back in 2012— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) November 30, 2016
These photos being used w/out my permission is an example of exactly the opposite of what I stand for:— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) November 30, 2016
women choosing when and how they want to share their sexuality and bodies.— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) November 30, 2016
Leder has yet to respond, but judging by his Instagram he's pretty pleased with the bulk coverage his polaroids have received.
Ratajkowski – who obviously shot to fame after appearing in Robin Thicke’s video for ‘Blurred Lines’ (and whose own career plotted against Thicke’s is essentially a supply-and-demand graph) – has been outspoken in the past about owning her sexuality.
In an interview with feminist icon Naomi Wolf for Harpers Bazaar earlier this year, she spoke about the oft-seeming mutually exclusive concepts of ownership and sexuality being anything but.
Naomi: "We've gotten to ground zero of this whole conversation, which is that there's still the fear and contempt of female sexuality and the just intolerable cultural reaction when women take ownership of their sexuality and their bodies."
Emily: "Kim [Kardashian] said that to me. You know, when Lena Dunham takes her clothes off, she gets flack, but it's also considered brave; when Justin Bieber takes his shirt off, he's a grown-up. But when a woman who is sexual takes off her top, it plays into something."
Photo: Instagram / Emily Ratajkowski.