Emily Ratajkowski defends her ‘vulgar’ 2016 dress

Actress and sex-positivity advocate Emily Ratajkowski has defended her choice to wear what she considers “the most controversial dress I’ve ever worn”.

In Harper Bazaar’s Fashion Flashback, the model looked back at the sheer cut-out black dress she wore to the 2016 Harper’s Bazaar Icons party that stirred up substantial controversy.

“I had no idea what a scene this would cause. It was a dress,” she said in the video. “I can’t remember – somebody called it ‘extremely vulgar’ and it became this huge controversy on the internet.”

Watch the video above.

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Emily Ratajkowski defended her most controversial look. (Harper’s Bazaar)

Ratajkowski mentioned that even her agents were “mad” at her for wearing the dress as it was “too sexy”

“I know this sounds whatever, but I was in my 20s and just hadn’t registered that it was so sexy – because there is a panel in the middle, but it looks like there isn’t.”

“It caused this whole thing. And then I basically called the person who said it was a vulgar dress ‘sexist,’ and there was drama.”

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Tim Gunn called Emily Ratajkowski’s dress “vulgar” in 2016, sparking backlash. (Getty)

The critic in person was fashion consultant Tim Gunn. On an episode of Fashion Police, he said the dress was “so appallingly vulgar and revealing. Why wear anything? Why not just take it all off?”

This was right around the time Ratajkowski had penned an op-ed for Glamour in which she denounced men for creating a double standard for “attention-seeking” women.

She doubled down on her point after Gunn’s comments in a tweet. ”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.”

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Emily Ratajkowski attends Marc Jacobs Fall 2022 at the New York Public Library on June 27, 2022 in New York City.
The model still stands behind the outfit. (Getty Images for Marc Jacobs)

“I was basically called out for wanting attention, which I think is interesting – because you go to red carpets for attention. Essentially, it’s part of your job as a celebrity,” she reflected in the video.

“I personally still stand behind it. I like that look,” she added.

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