Thursday 29 September 2016

Emily Ratajkowski defends 'appallingly vulgar' barely there black dress

Published 15/09/2016 | 09:19

Emily Ratajkowski attends Harper's Bazaar's celebration of
Emily Ratajkowski attends Harper's Bazaar's celebration of "ICONS By Carine Roitfeld" presented by Infor, Laura Mercier, and Stella Artois at The Plaza Hotel on September 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Harper's Bazaar)
Emily Ratajkowski attends Harper's Bazaar's celebration of "ICONS By Carine Roitfeld" presented by Infor, Laura Mercier, and Stella Artois at The Plaza Hotel on September 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Harper's Bazaar)
Emily Ratajkowski attends Harper's Bazaar's celebration of "ICONS By Carine Roitfeld" presented by Infor, Laura Mercier, and Stella Artois at The Plaza Hotel on September 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Harper's Bazaar)
TV personalities Heidi Klum (L) and Tim Gunn arrive at the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Emily Ratajkowski attends Harper's Bazaar's celebration of "ICONS By Carine Roitfeld" presented by Infor, Laura Mercier, and Stella Artois at The Plaza Hotel on September 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Harper's Bazaar)

Emily Ratajkowski is no stranger to courting controversy over her clothing, but her latest look takes the cake.

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The 25-year-old model attended Harper's Bazaar's annual New York Fashion Week party and outdid every barely there dress before her. The black shimmering Julien Macdonald number was slashed to the navel, completely exposing the sides of her midriff and featured two thick panels strategically placed over her chest.

The fashion police came out in their droves to slam the Gone Girl actress' choice, but none moreso than Project Runway star Tim Gunn.

Gunn described the dress as "appallingly vulgar" and "repugnant", saying: "Is this all driven by social media? Is this all just about [getting] everybody shocked? And I will tell you, I’m not shocked. I lived through the 1960s. No decade was more shocking than that, when it comes to fashion."

Emily Ratajkowski attends Harper's Bazaar's celebration of
Emily Ratajkowski attends Harper's Bazaar's celebration of "ICONS By Carine Roitfeld" presented by Infor, Laura Mercier, and Stella Artois at The Plaza Hotel on September 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Harper's Bazaar)

But Emily, who said she is often "shamed" for her sexuality, hit back on Twitter in a thinly veiled response to the fashion personality.

"Western men in 2016: Want to ban women abroad from voluntarily covering themselves at the beach then want women to cover up their “vulgar” bodies at home,” she swrote.

“Who controls women’s bodies in 2016? It’s 2016. Why keep trying to dictate what women can wear?”

"When I wrote my Glamour article, I was just thinking of men who call women attention seeking for being sexy. I wasn’t even thinking of the hosts of nationally televised shows who call women ‘vulgar’ because they can see their stomachs.”

Emily Ratajkowski attends Harper's Bazaar's celebration of
Emily Ratajkowski attends Harper's Bazaar's celebration of "ICONS By Carine Roitfeld" presented by Infor, Laura Mercier, and Stella Artois at The Plaza Hotel on September 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Harper's Bazaar)

The brunette beauty, who has strong ties to Ireland and visited Dublin last month, wrote an essay in Glamour's October issue, saying she is criticised for being "attention seeking", but wants to change society's attitudes towards women.

"Our society tells women we can’t be, say, sexy and confident and opinionated about politics," she wrote.

"This would allow us too much power. Instead our society asks us to declare and defend our motivations, which makes us second-guess them, all while men do what they please without question.

"We shouldn’t have to apologize for wanting attention either. We don’t owe anyone an explanation. It’s not our responsibility to change the way we are seen — it’s society’s responsibility to change the way it sees us."

TV personalities Heidi Klum (L) and Tim Gunn arrive at the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
TV personalities Heidi Klum (L) and Tim Gunn arrive at the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The only thing for certain is this is the most publicity Tim Gunn has received in some time.

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