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Do Emily Ratajkowski's Sexy Photo Shoots Make a Feminist Statement?

Kelsey Patterson

12/07/2017

Emily Ratajkowski posed for day three of Love Magazine’s Love Advent calendar by writhing around in spaghetti wearing only her lingerie, but not everyone appreciated the flirty work of art.

Critics, including Good Morning Britain’s outspoken host Piers Morgan, criticized the model and actress for “taking her clothes off” under the guise of feminism.

Ratajkowski took to Twitter on Wednesday to clap back at her haters.

“Lol never said my love video was a feminist statement,” the 26-year-old wrote. “But now it’s worth saying that telling women what to do with their bodies & sexuality is actually just classic sexism.”

“I can have opinions about feminism & also do sexy photo shoots k thanks,” Ratajkowski concluded.

Her response was likely in response to Morgan’s comments calling her a “global bimbo” and telling her to “get some clothes on and get yourself a proper job.”

After Morgan blasted the “Blurred Lines” video star on-air, he continued to berate her on social media.

“Yes, what a wonderful testament to feminist empowerment! Here’s how to get on in life girls: strop off & writhe in pasta, then complain about men ‘objectifying’ you,” he wrote in response to his co-host Susanna Reid as she stuck up for Ratajkowski.

Ratajkowski’s original statement was attached to Love Magazine’s Instagram post revealing her sexy “carbo loading” shoot for its #StayStrong-themed advent series.

In it, she did mention feminism and her concept of the movement, writing that “personal choice is the core ideal.”

“I’m tired of having to consider how I might be perceived by men if I wear the short skirt or post a sexy Instagram,” the model wrote in part. “I want to do what I want to do. Feminism isn't about adjusting, it's about freedom and choice.”

“The way I dress, act, flirt, dance, have sex - those are my decisions and they shouldn't be impacted by men. Being sexy is fun and I like it. I should never have to apologize for that,” she added.

Ratajkowski is just one of the 25 high-profile women participating in Love Magazine’s seventh annual project. Other models include Ashley Graham, Kendall Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid and Karlie Kloss, among others.

For Graham’s shoot, she performed a sled pull across a New York sidewalk while dolled up in a sports bra and spandex shorts.

"Shooting the Advent calendar is a true expression of self-love and empowers women to embrace their own sexuality,” Graham said of the project. “This year we’re reminding women to #STAYSTRONG because we are powerful, we are resilient, and we run the world.”

A new video will be released every day leading up to Christmas and each will feature the model in a position of strength, meant to celebrate individuality, strength and confidence.

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