Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I'm Not Ashamed of Posing Naked I'm a Feminist; Emily on That Kardashian Selfie, Never Apologising for Blurred Lines and Her Struggle to Get Serious Film Roles

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I'm Not Ashamed of Posing Naked I'm a Feminist; Emily on That Kardashian Selfie, Never Apologising for Blurred Lines and Her Struggle to Get Serious Film Roles

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Byline: Elaine Lipworth and Lizzie Edmonds

SHE danced semi-naked in a thong in the music video that catapulted her to fame and, more recently, courted the wrath of Piers Morgan by posing for a topless selfie with Kim Kardashian.

But Emily Ratajkowski, 24, who has been named one of the world's sexiest women by both GQ and Esquire, says she is a committed feminist who has "no apologies" about posing nude.

The model and actress was propelled into the spotlight in 2013 after appearing in Pharrell and Robin Thicke's video for their single Blurred Lines. In it, the male artists performed fully clothed as Ratajkowski and two other female models danced topless. The song was banned at universities across the UK.

Speaking about the video to ES Magazine, she said: "Like any art, there's a million ways to interpret it. All I can say is that when a woman is naked, that's not immediately anti-feminist. I have no apologies for it, and I'm not ashamed at all."

In March, Ratajkowski posed topless with Kardashian, who had been criticised earlier in the month for posting a censored but fully naked selfie to her 70 million Instagram followers.

Media commentators including Morgan, 51, criticised the reality TV star but Ratajkowski leapt to Kardashian's defence, tweeting: "Love when a man comments on a woman's decision to post a nude photo. Her body, her career. Sexist bullshit."

Speaking to ES Magazine, she said: "[Morgan was] talking about the fact Kim is 35 and a mother and that we're over seeing her in a sexual light, which I had a lot of problems with.

"He also implied that her husband [Kanye West] was writing her tweets, as if she isn't capable of writing them herself, which to me is incredibly sexist.

"There are lots of [criticisms] I can understand one might have about the Kardashians and reality TV. …

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