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Emily Ratajkowski divides opinion after posting bath photos with one-year-old son

Gregory Robinson

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Emily Ratajkowski divides opinion after posting bath photos with one-year-old son

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Emily Ratajkowski has divided opinion with a set of nude Instagram pictures taken with her young son.

The model, actress and author shared the images - which sees her posing nude in a bathtub with her one-year-old son Sylvester - on Friday (23 September).

The post has since attracted 1.3 million likes since it was uploaded, and while some social media users called the pictures adorable, others thought the shots were 'inappropriate'.

One concerned Instagram follower wrote: “Why always naked why?? Overproud or just need attention..??”

Another Instagram user branded the mother and son images ‘weird’ because of the nudity.

“This is so weird,” they began. “Ok if u wanna take a shower with ur [sic] son cute but to pose naked with him and post it. So so weird."

One woman commented: “Another naked kid on social media…”

A fourth commenter asked: “Why on earth taking pictures with your naked son... What do you do just for 'likes' and attention."

However some Instagram users came to Emily’s defence, with one person writing: “Can everyone stop hating this is a beautiful mother and son relationship”.

A second person dubbed the images: “Pure joy.”

While a third commented: “Omg sooo cute.”

One social media user joked: “Everyone stressed out about the nudity but am I the only ma thinking it’s all fun and games till there’s a poop in the bath.”

And someone else spoke about their beliefs around parents bathing with their children.

“Bathing together with the preservation of invisible bonds,” they said.

Furthermore, other Instagram users appeared to be more conflicted and argued that while the images were innocent, they should have been kept private.

Emily and her husband Sebastian have separated. Credit: Sipa US / Alamy Stock Photo.
Emily and her husband Sebastian have separated. Credit: Sipa US / Alamy Stock Photo.

“I’m not saying it's not OK for mothers to document having innocent moments with their children, since these moments eventually become beautiful memories,” one comment said.

“However, is it really okay to post a naked child while posing like that next to him on the internet?

“Not everybody has good intentions, not everyone looks at pictures like this in an 'aww so cute' way and pretty much everyone knows that.”

Similarly, another account wrote: “These are very loving pictures, but they should have been kept private. 

“Not because we're sexualising him, as someone is implying (though some people might do), but because your son's not old enough to decide whether he wants to share this kind of pictures with such a wide audience. 

Emily has divided the internet. Credit: Sipa US / Alamy Stock Photo.
Emily has divided the internet. Credit: Sipa US / Alamy Stock Photo.

Emily, 31, shares her son with her estranged husband Sebastian Bear-McClard, 41.

The Gone Girl star said in a conversation with Interview Magazine she’s ‘protecting’ her son from ‘toxic masculine culture’.

She said: “My son, babies, have this genderless quality to them, and so I love affording that to him right now.

"I’ve just been treating him as this wonderful little human who’s being introduced to the world.”

She added: “I see it in my life, the ways that it limits men, and how depressing their existence and their lives can be when they have to adopt this toxic masculinity. So I also feel incredibly protective of him in the same way I would with a daughter, from this culture.”

Topics: Celebrity

Gregory Robinson
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