Emily Ratajkowski Defends Her Dress After Tim Gunn Calls It ‘Appallingly Vulgar’


Fired up. Emily Ratajkowski looked smokin’ hot in a sexy black gown with cutouts at a New York Fashion Week 2016 party on Friday, September 9, but Tim Gunn begged to differ.

The Gone Girl actress, 25, showed off plenty of skin in a Julien Macdonald gown that was flanked with two illusion cutouts on each side and featured a plunging neckline that reached her belly button. E’s Fashion Police weighed in on the sexy dress on a Monday, September 12, show, and the jury’s verdict was split. 

"If I saw this at a party, all I could do would be to drink. I couldn't eat. There's absolutely no way," Gunn, 63, said. "This dress is so appallingly vulgar and revealing. Why wear anything? Why not just take it all off?"

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NeNe Leakes defended the model, comparing her look to those of a certain family’s. "Tim, you guys have seen the Kardashians walk around with their nipples out and all of that stuff," the Real Housewives of Atlanta alum, 48, argued. "At least, she doesn't have her nipples out!"

But the Project Runway cohost refused to back down. “That's my point. Is this all driven by social media? Is this all just about [getting] everybody shocked?” he replied. “And I will tell you, I'm not shocked. I lived through the 1960s. No decade was more shocking than that when it comes to fashion. This is just vulgar and repugnant.”

Ratajkowski, who’s called herself a feminist, spoke up in a series of tweets Monday, September 12. “When I wrote my Glamour article, I was just thinking of men who call women attention seeking for being sexy,” she began, referring to her October 2016 cover essay. “I wasn't even thinking of the hosts of nationally televised shows who call women vulgar because they can see their stomachs.”

The “Blurred Lines” video model continued her clap back with some further food for thought. “Western men in 2016: Want to ban women abroad from voluntarily covering themselves at the beach,” she wrote. “then want women to cover up their 'vulgar' bodies at home. Who controls women's bodies in 2016? It's 2016. Why keep trying to dictate what women can wear?”

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