Christie Brinkley practically invented the concept of the modern swimsuit model thanks to her many iconic shots for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. So when Emily Ratajkowski was looking for inspiration when designing her debut swimwear collection, Inamorata, it’s no wonder she found it in photos of the ageless. three-time Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model (who posed for the magazine as recently as … this year). So when Ratajkowski shared one of Brinkley’s SI Swimsuit shoot photos on Instagram, calling it her “vintage inspiration” for the collection, the legendary supermodel couldn’t resist a cheeky response.
“Pinterested this photo over 2 years ago and made a sample of it over a year ago. We all tap into vintage inspirations. ❤️,” Ratajkowski captioned the photo of Brinkley wearing a skimpy strapless leopard print one piece.
After Ratajkowski shared the photo, it didn’t take long for Brinkley to weigh in.
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The 26-year-old model had previously revealed that Brinkley wasn’t the only OG swimsuit model she pulled inspiration from when designing her six-piece collection. “There was a picture of Stephanie Seymour in Sports Illustrated where she has three or four [bows], and it was actually in the back,” Ratajkowski said. “I thought that was so pretty and such a nice way to show the figure. I loved the idea of turning it around.”
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That particular suit was one of two that has Ratajkowski under fire for allegedly plagiarizing designer Lisa Marie Fernandez’s designs. According to Business of Fashion, Fernandez sent a cease-and-desist letter to Inamorata, claiming that two swimsuits in the line closely resemble two silhouettes she first released over three years ago.
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According to a statement made by Fernandez and her team: “Lisa Marie Fernandez will continue to seek legal action against other brands that continue to blatantly plagiarize her registered and known designs. It is factually inaccurate for Ms. Ratajkwski to claim these designs as her own. Ms. Fernandez believes that it is the responsibility of all brands to protect their original designs.”
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