Emily Ratajkowski is notoriously not shy about getting undressed in front of the world. (Just take a look at exhibits A, B, and C, to start.) The model turned actress is known, in part, for proudly posting nude pictures — er, nearly nude ones, since Instagram has a rather infamous no nudity policy, after all — to social media, arguing that they are an important part of body-positive self-expression.
“It’s cool to have a format where you can be so direct with an audience. Social media is something women didn’t have 10 years ago, and that’s a big aspect in feminism today,” Ratajkowski told Harper’s Bazaar of her provocative posts last year. “I don’t have to be filtered by anyone. I choose.”
But now, the body-positive beauty has taken it one meta-step further: Ratajkowski hung a blown-up picture of one of her own scantily clad Instagrams in her living room and shared the scene with the world via another — you guessed it — Instagram picture, revealing her unique choice of decor.
A photo posted by Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) on Jan 7, 2017 at 2:11pm PST
She captioned it simply, “Saturday at home.” The picture does more than showcase her interior design skills, however; it also showcases her amazing sense of humor.
The framed Instagram in question is a 2014 shot taken by Walter Iooss for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue that Ratajkowski initially shared with fans some 20 months ago.
A photo posted by Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) on Apr 23, 2015 at 1:13pm PDT
The version of the image framed in Ratajkowski’s home appears to be a re-gram from a follower whose name is hard to decipher but whose caption read, “when you have to go 23 weeks into her Insta feed to find the perfect pic.” But did the model/actress stumble on the re-gram and decide to print and frame it herself, or is it a Richard Prince?
Last year, painter and photographer Prince infamously mounted an exhibition entitled “New Portraits” at the Frieze Art Fair in New York, comprised entirely of blown-up screenshots of other people’s Instagrams. Almost all of the prints reportedly sold for $90,000 a piece. While we can’t tell for sure whether or not the framed Instagram hanging next to Ratajkowski’s sofa is indeed a Prince, its framing is consistent with that of the photographs featured in his exhibition, which debuted at the Gagosian Gallery before moving on to — and almost selling out at — the aforementioned Frieze Art Fair.
Either way, Ratajkowski is truly a work of self-aware art. May we all possess even a modicum of your amazing confidence.