June 23, 2024

Supermodel Emily Ratajkowski stars in the cover story of Vogue Australia Magazine‘s December 2023 edition lensed bu fashion photographer Lachlan Bailey. In charge of styling was Christine Centenera, with set design from Rafael Medeiros, and production by Rosco. Beauty is work of hair stylist Luke Hersheson, makeup artist Ana Takahashi, and manicurist Laura Forget.

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Photography © Lachlan Bailey for Vogue Australia

Ratajkowski: The [news] that I was splitting from my ex had just gone public, And I was walking to meet him and it was an extremely emotional experience and so personal. And I was being papped and I just didn’t even register it. I was thinking about how absolutely insane that is – that I’ll remember what I was wearing for the rest of my life. I was wearing a red dress. And that there’s photos of that on the internet that nobody even has the context for. But I do.

Ratajkowski: I think I’ve basically been photographed every day of my life. Because even if I wasn’t getting paparazzi’d, I work so much as a model. Being documented that much is just a bizarre thing.

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Emily Ratajkowski poses for Vogue Australia, photography by Lachlan Bailey

Ratajkowski: I think that women now, there are so many digital images of them that are shared without their permission and it is completely violating. So I actually don’t think it’s specific to models at all. I mean, how many stories do you know about a high school girl, a picture circulating the internet?

Ratajkowski: The truth is that the reason that I was even able to publish my book and write about the things that I did was because I have 30 million followers from basically sexualising myself. So it is important to realise that there is a level that you can gain as a woman by playing that game and hustling the system.

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Photography © Lachlan Bailey for Vogue Australia