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Ratajkowski Tries to Break the Internet

The Daily Beast logo The Daily Beast 2017-03-20 Tom Sykes
Emily Ratajkowski © Getty Emily Ratajkowski

She famously posed for a naked selfie with Kim Kardashian, with both women flicking the camera the bird.

Now "Blurred Lines" dancer and model Emily Ratajkowski is making her own best effort to break the internet single-handedly, by posting a vacation shot on Instagram last night of her swimming nude in a seaside bathing hollow in Mexico.

Ratajkowski, who describes herself on her Instagam page as, “Model, actress, activist” has previously defended ‘naked selfies’ as a form of female empowerment.

In an interview with the feminist author Naomi Wolf, she said: “The whole idea is that when Kim takes a nude selfie, she’s just seeking attention. That’s not the issue. A woman can be seeking attention and also make a statement. They don’t need to be mutually exclusive.”

She added, “When Lena Dunham takes her clothes off, she gets flack, but it’s also considered brave; when Justin Bieber takes off his shirt, he’s a grown-up. But when a woman who is sexual takes off her top, it plays into something.”

Of the infamous naked selfie with Kim, Ratajkowski said: “A selfie is a sort of interesting way to reclaim the gaze, right? You’re looking at yourself and taking a photo while looking at everyone.

“But also who cares? Kim’s allowed to do what she wants. So I issued a series of tweets; she sent me flowers, thanking me, which was very sweet. We ended up running into each other and had this idea to take a similar selfie with our middle fingers up.”

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