Emily Ratajkowski Says Bodyshaming Almost Stopped Her Posting Photos

  • Emily Ratajkowski said the “controversy” nearly prevented her from posting photos from the CFDA awards.
  • The model and bestselling author told her fans that she was not going to “bow down to shame.”
  • In her book, “My Body,” she explores how her body empowered her and reduced her to a sexual object.

Emily Ratajkowski said she hardly posts CFDA Awards photos on Instagram because she knew the images of herself would “cause controversy.”

The model and mother of one posted two photos Wednesday from the fashion awards, where she is seen in a two-piece Miu Miu outfit consisting of a cropped sweater over a blue dress shirt and a long, low skirt.

According to People magazine, Ratajkowski said in a caption edited since then that he was initially hesitant to release photos from the event, which took place earlier this month on November 10, due to the controversy it would provoke.

“But hey, it’s my body and I’m not going to rely on shame,” he said. “God bless you!”

Since then, Ratajkowski has shortened the caption to thank Miu Miu and congratulate Elle’s editor, Nina Garcia, to whom she presented an award, but shared the full comment of her Instagram story that was still available to view on her profile on at the time of writing this article.

Ratajkowski became one of the New York Times best-selling authors after the release of her first book, “My Body,” on November 9.

In the book, which consists of personal essays she wrote, Ratajkowski explores life experiences through conversations with close friends, according to an Instagram caption she posted on the day of its release.

Ratajkowski, who is married and shares a child with Sebastian Bear-McClard, also said in the book that singer Robin Thicke played her on the set of the controversial music video for “Blurred Lines” in 2013.

“Suddenly, out of nowhere, I felt the coldness and strangeness of a stranger’s hands cupping my bare breasts from behind. I instinctively turned away, looking at Robin Thicke,” Ratajkowski wrote, according to The Sunday Times. In the essay, she described feeling like she wanted to “minimize” the incident despite “feeling naked” and the “heat of humiliation.”

Ratajkowski spoke candidly about her life in her new book, “My Body.”

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Speaking to Amia Srinivasan for Interview Magazine about “My Body” on November 16, Ratajkowski said she “definitely didn’t feel in control very often” while working in her twenties.

“Instagram was one of the places where I first experienced feeling some kind of control,” he added. “I was the one who was able to choose the images and take them out.”

Representatives for Ratajkowski did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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