Emily Ratajkowski defends right to go braless at protest

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Emily Ratajkowski has defended herself against trolls who criticised her for not wearing a bra to a protest against Donald Trump's Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. At the time of the rally in October, Kavanaugh - who was at the centre of sexual assault allegations - was only a nominee and had not yet been voted in.

Ratajkowski and Amy Schumer were among 302 people who were arrested and held for demonstrating. They were later freed.

The model and actress has since voiced her annoyance that her decision not to wear a bra under her tank top that day received such airtime, over the cause that she was fighting for.

"I knew being there would be important and I knew some people would find it controversial but I never expected anyone to talk about why I wasn’t wearing a bra under my tank top," Ratajkowski told Stellar magazine.

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"It was 32 degrees, I was marching through D.C. in jeans; my outfit seemed completely normal to me," she added. "And I was there making a political point. Why would people focus on what I was wearing?"

Schumer previously defended her friend against the criticism, noting that she didn't wear a bra either and no one noticed.

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"People are trolling @emrata for not wearing a bra while she got arrested," wrote Schumer on Instagram. "Well for starters I wasn’t wearing a bra either,” Amy said on Instagram following the incident. “Your comments are synonymous with saying what a woman wears insights bad behaviour."

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Ratajkowski, who has been told on numerous occasions, often by men, what to wear, said she refuses to let such comments bother her.

"I’ve learnt to separate social media comments and trolls from real life,” she said. “And I don’t let the validating, flattering comments impress on me too much, which makes it easier to [ignore] the negative ones, as well.”

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