Emily Ratajkowski explains why she defended Kim Kardashian West's nude selfie

The model also called Piers Morgan 'attention seeking'

Olivia Blair
Wednesday 18 May 2016 19:40
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Emily Ratajkowski
Emily Ratajkowski

Emily Ratajkowski has explained why she defended Kim Kardashian-West during the debate over her nude selfie.

In March, Kardashian-West posted a nude selfie which was met with fierce debate. Many supported the businesswoman for unashamedly expressing female sexuality but others criticised her. Ratajkowski, who has previously spoken out against women being shamed for expressing their sexuality and called for a space for women to be sexual, defended Kardashian-West.

In turn, she criticised Morgan, who wrote a column suggesting that Kardashian-West should no longer post such selfies on the grounds that she is 35 and a mother, and presumed that after Kardashian-West answered criticism from him, Bette Midler and Chloe Grace Moretz on Twitter, it might have been down to her husband Kanye West.

Speaking to ES magazine, Ratajkowski, 24, said: “[Morgan was] talking about the fact Kim is 34 and a mother and that we’re over seeing her in a sexual light, which I had a lot of problems with.

“He also implied that her husband was writing her tweets, as if she isn’t capable of writing them herself, which to me is incredibly sexist.”

Having created a bond, Ratajkowski and Kardashian-West posed topless with their middle fingers up, which Ratajkowski says “speaks for itself”. Unsurprisingly, Morgan had something to say on the post and pronounced feminism to be dead, which the model has labelled “attention seeking”.

“He criticises everyone. I think he’s also really attention seeking. It’s the Trump phenomenon. If you keep saying controversial things, then you keep trending on Facebook and that’s great for some people’s career.”

Ratajkowski, who rose to prominence after featuring in Robin Thicke’s controversial video for “Blurred Lines”, said she does not regret the video and, as an outspoken feminist, also rejected the idea it was anti-feminist.

“Like any art, there’s a million ways to interpret it. All I can say is that when a woman is naked, that’s not immediately anti-feminist. I have no apologies for it, and I’m not ashamed at all.”

Meanwhile, Morgan hasn’t responded to Ratajkowski’s thoughts directly but declared his column on “feminism” is coming soon.

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