Nude photos of Emily Ratajkowski are being used without her permission and we’re all SO fed up

Alim Kheraj
Nude photos of Emily Ratajkowski are being used without her permission and we’re all SO fed up

Seriously, 2016 has got to have been the most exhausting year on record. And now we’ve learned about another moment of douchery, too. Model and actor Emily Ratajkowski has had nude photographs of herself used without her permission.

Now, Emily Ratajkowski is not strange to a sexy photoshoot. In fact, it’s part of why we love her. The star has used her platform to express how women can make a statement and still be sexy. She’s also been pretty outspoken about sexism and misogyny, too, and talked about how it’s empowering to be sexy.

Well, now Emily has been subjected to what she is calling a “violation” and it’s not okay.

Taking to Twitter on Wednesday night (November 30th), the 25-year-old told how nude pictures of her were being used in a book without her permission.

According to a report in USA Today, the Ratajkowski was involved in a photoshoot with Jonathan Leder in 2012 for an “artful magazine shoot.” However, Leder has now incorporated never-before-seen Polaroids from the shoot in a new book of over 100 picctures, Emily Ratajkowski: Collector’s Edition, set to be published this month.

“I’ve been resisting speaking publicly on the recently released photos by Jonathan Leder to avoid giving him publicity. But I’ve had enough,” Ratajkowski wrote on Twitter.

“This book and the images within them are a violation. 5 out of the now 100s of released photos were used for what they were intended: an artful magazine shoot back in 2012.”

According to Ratajkowski, she wasn’t informed of the decision to publish the book, wasn’t paid for the picture, and didn’t sign a release form.

In fact, she said, the use of the pictures goes against everything that she’s campaigned for.

“These photos being used w/out my permission is an example of exactly the opposite of what I stand for,” she wrote, “women choosing when and how they want to share their sexuality and bodies.”

“She was very, shall we say, comfortable with her body,”  Jonathan Leder writes in the forward of the book  “And as far as shoots go, I would say it was fun.”

Indeed, the publisher then goes on to say:

“By the looks of it, she was having a good time, too.”

“To be clear: I signed no release & was not paid,” Ratajkowski wrote on Twitter. “That said, the legal side of this is private and I would appreciate it if people waited to base their opinions on facts rather than speculation or assumptions.

“My body, my choice,” she finished.

According to, Leder’s original Polaroids will also be in an exhibition at the Castor Gallery in Chelsea, New York City, in February next year.

We have to say, this is SO unacceptable. While Emily Ratajkowski might have been complicit in having her picture taken with Leder, as she said it was for a magazine shoot. The fact that these images are now being used without her permission for a book and exhibition is not okay. We’re proud of her for speaking up about it, and we hope that she can get the issue sorted with her legal team.

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