Emily Ratajkowski Sounds Off on Usage of Unapproved Nude Photos

Emily Ratajkowski Sounds Off on Usage of Unapproved Nude Photos

"These photos being used without my permission is an example of exactly the opposite of what I stand for."

"These photos being used without my permission is an example of exactly the opposite of what I stand for."

Text: Ian Monroe

Yesterday, model and actress Emily Ratajkowski took to Twitter to comment on the release of photographs that show her in various states of undress—some completely nude. The photos were taken in 2012, at the house of the photographer Jonathan Leder, who has done extensive promo around the images, which had a photo book release in 2015.

While many of the photos have been published on the Internet since the book's release, it seems that an upcoming exhibition of them in February has sparked Ratajkowski’s response.

As a model, Ratajkowski has appeared nude in photographs before, most recently in Harper’s Bazaar. It’s clear that Ratajkowski is not uncomfortable with having her body put on display, but instead understandably upset that she did not consent to their release. Specifically, she’s upset that they are being used in a context outside of their original purpose: for an art magazine shoot in 2012.

It’s unclear what arrangement was made in terms of usage rights between model and photographer, if one was made at all, but basic human decency would call for agreement by all parties. Read her tweets below.

Credits: Cover photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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