Emily Ratajkowski has never been afraid to speak her mind when it comes to the expression of female sexuality and body positivity. And when she recently saw one of her former photographers crossing the line, she certainly didn't hold back in speaking frankly about the very important topic of consent.
Jonathan Leder apparently took photos of the model in 2012 and is now releasing a book full of her nude images from that particular shoot without permission. Apparently, the pics were all taken with a Polaroid camera and shot at different locations showing Emily in various stages of undress.
And understandably outraged, Rataikowski went on a Twitter rampage, arguing that the book and the images printed within it are a violation of her rights. She said:
Adamant that the photos taken four years ago — before she rose to fame in Robin Thicke's controversial "Blurred Lines" music video — were never intended for public viewing, Emrata slammed the photographer for crossing her personal boundaries:
She then added:
This isn't the first time that Emily Ratajkowski has defended women's rights to do what they want with their bodies — whether it be to release nude pictures or in this case, to choose to keep them hidden from the public eye. Earlier this year, she notably supported Kim Kardashian's polemical naked selfie by appearing topless with the reality TV star. She accompanied her snap with a powerful message that sparked feminist debate around the world:
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Additionally, in a newsletter recently written for Lena Dunham's 'Lenny,' the model/actress pushed this viewpoint even further, arguing:
“To me, ‘sexy’ is a kind of beauty, a kind of self-expression, one that is to be celebrated, one that is wonderfully female. Why does the implication have to be that sex is a thing men get to take from women and women give up? [...] Even if being sexualized by society’s gaze is demeaning, there must be a space where women can still be sexual when they choose to be.” The key word being “choose.”
Ultimately, Emily is right in every respect – after all, why should anyone else have the right to determine how her sexuality is portrayed?