Model, actress, and author Emily Ratajkowski opens up about the backlash she faced in 2016 for wearing a dress that was deemed “vulgar.” In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Ratajkowski recalls the black dress with a plunging neckline, designed by Julien McDonald, as the most controversial outfit she has ever worn. Despite criticism from some who found it too sexy, Ratajkowski defended her choice, calling out the person who labeled it vulgar as sexist.
At the time, Ratajkowski was in her 20s and unaware of the impact the dress would have. She admits that she didn’t fully grasp its sexiness due to a panel in the middle, which created an illusion. The dress sparked a significant controversy, but Ratajkowski stands by her decision and still loves the outfit, expressing that she felt great in it.
Ratajkowski has been vocal about the issue of sexism and its effects on society. She believes that sexism is detrimental to everyone, including men, and emphasizes the importance of involving men in conversations about gender equality. In her book, My Body, she delves into her experiences with men in power and questions their understanding of gender dynamics.
While acknowledging that she has profited from her own sex appeal, Ratajkowski recognizes the complexity of participating in systems that reinforce beauty standards. She understands the challenges of sexualizing herself and the conflicting nature of her choices, but she also highlights the necessity of including men in discussions surrounding feminism.
Emily Ratajkowski’s candid reflections shed light on the controversies she faced and her stance on issues of sexism and gender equality.