April 24th, 2021

In September 2020, model and actress Emily Ratajkowski published an essay in The Cut which details her experience with ownership (and more often, her lack of it) over her own image. Her stories detail how her likeness has been used, distributed, and abused, often by men with more power than she does under our legal system.

In one anecdote, she details her experience being sued by a paparazzo for posting a photograph he took of her to her own Instagram stories. The photograph itself was taken without Ratajkowski’s consent - in the photo, she can be seen hiding her face from the creeping photog. Later on in the piece, she details a number of more upsetting stories, many of which overlap with themes of sexual consent, harassment, and abuse.

This image is the subject of O’Neil v. Ratajkowski et al. Source: Robert O’Neil, republished in The Cut.