Emily Ratajkowski is being called out for a photoshoot that fans are labeling “fatphobic.”
Ratajkowski, 32, wore several different outfits while posing for French magazine Le Monde this week. However, there was one particular photo that made onlookers disgruntled.
In the photo posted by Ratajkowski on Instagram as part of the series taken by photographer Oliver Hadlee Pearch, the dark-haired beauty stands entirely in one leg of a pair of jeans. She also hold the waistband out to the side as if to emphasize her toned figure and show off the noticeable size difference.
The image was reminiscent of an early weight loss advertisement form the past, which created a buzz with many of her followers for her bizarre choice for the fashion editorial photoshoot.
“Designers won’t make plus sizes unless it’s for a photo opp where a thin person can be quirky,” a commenter pointed out.
A second person chimed in, “What in the fatphobic hell is that second picture … so distasteful and disgusting…. how did anybody okay that.”
And one commenter even called her a “yassified Jared Fogle,” referring to the man who lost nearly 300 pounds eating Subway sandwiches and became a spokesperson for the company, often posing next to his former pants in commercials and photoshoots.
The “My Body” author, whose 2021 book discusses body image, beauty standards, and the societal pressure placed on women’s bodies, was also labeled a “hypocrite” for taking part in the shoot.
Many fans were shocked as to how she could have wrote a book about body image and then sabotaged her own message with the photoshoot.
“The fact a whole team of people worked on this and thought this was cool is so f—ked up,” a critic added.
Plus-size model Tess Holliday commented, “I’ve been looking for those jeans in the second photo if you could just please return them that would cool. Tysm.”
Holliday is among the high-profile figures who have criticized the fashion industry for its reluctance to produce garments in larger sizes.
“I have to wear fast fashion and high street to major red carpet moments, and that’s great, but I want the option to wear high end items of my choosing and it’s not available,” she said during a recent interview. “But it’s either that or I run around naked. Plus-size fashion is not there yet.”
Ratajkowski has also been vocal about the modeling industry’s pitfalls, and has candidly discussed her struggles with body image through the years.
“You have this idea, this goal of being a type of woman, being beautiful … and now everyone is putting out an image of themselves. We all have Instagrams,” she said. “I think that I realized that my experience was maybe more relatable than I even realized.”