Please don’t let this be the start of a feud between Tim Gunn and Emily Ratajkowski because I love them both and have no interest in choosing a side.
Ratajkowski wore a very revealing gown to a New York Fashion Week party last week. Like, cutouts-on-both-sides-and-a-neckline-that-plunged-all-the-way-to-her-belly-button-level revealing. She looked completely smokin’, of course.
Gunn, however, was not here for it.
“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 said while critiquing the dress on Fashion Police. “This dress is so appallingly vulgar and revealing. Why wear anything? Why not just take it all off?”
He continued, “Is this all driven by social media? Is this all just about [getting] everybody shocked? 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.”
OK, everyone is entitled to their opinion. But come on, Tim. It’s 2016. We have to stop trashing women for embracing and showing off their bodies. It’s their choice to do that, and no one else’s.
But Ratajkowski doesn’t need me to defend her. She did just fine on her own, firing back at Gunn in a string of tweets.
“When I wrote my Glamour article, I was just thinking of men who call women attention seeking for being sexy,” she wrote. “I wasn’t even thinking of the hosts of nationally televised shows who call women vulgar because they can see their stomachs. Western men in 2016: Want to ban women abroad from voluntarily covering themselves at the beach 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?”
Are you on Emily Ratajkowski’s side, or Tim Gunn’s?
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