Emily Ratajkowski Calls New Book of Her Nude Photos "A Violation"

The photos were intended for a magazine, and she says the book was published without her permission.


Emily Ratajkowski is the subject of a new book of photos, but she's making it clear that she wants nothing to do with it. The book features a variety of nude and nearly nude photos taken by Jonathan Leder four years ago. Ratajkowski said on Twitter Wednesday that the book was put together without her permission. She called it a "violation" and said it goes against everything she's fighting for: the right for a woman to use her body on her own terms.

According to the New York Post, the book, Leder/Ratajkowski, features 71 explicit photos of Ratajkowski taken at a house in Woodstock, New York. The photos were taken in 2012, before her career took off. "We shot for two nights . . . Just her and I," Leder reportedly writes in the foreword to the book. "She was very, shall we say, comfortable with her body and as far as shoots go, I would say it was fun."

The Washington Post notes that Leder, who specializes in erotic photography, used a Polaroid camera to take about a hundred photos of Ratajkowski. The book's publisher, Imperial Publishing, advertises the book as "a rare glimpse at a natural-born star on the verge of exploding."

Ratajkowski tweeted Wednesday that she initially wanted to stay silent to avoid giving Leder attention, but she "had enough" and needed to speak out. "The book and the images within them are a violation," she wrote. She said the photos were initially intended for an "artful magazine shoot" and she didn't give permission for them to be published in a book.

The book is on sale for $80, and the photos will also go on display at a gallery in New York this February. Neither Leder nor Imperial Publishing has issued a statement in response to Ratajkowski's complaints.

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