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Emily Ratajkowski Refused A Paid Trip To Saudi Arabia Due To Human Rights Concerns

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By Jeff Mazzeo

Emily Ratajkowski is a model with a mission and her mission is to bring attention and awareness to the things that she finds important.

Last week, she walked the red carpet with the words, "F**k Harvey" written on her arm to express her disappointment that Harvey Weinstein settled with his numerous victims. Turned out he did not have to spend a dime of his own money and that pissed the 28-year-old off.

This week, she revealed that she turned down a paid appearance in Saudi Arabia because she has several concerns about human rights about the government.

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Turning Down 'Six-Figures'

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Emily stated she turned down a huge payday to appear at the MDL Beast Festival in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Saudi government has been allegedly paying big bucks to influencers so they can "create content" and improve the public perception of the country. Saudi Arabia has received a lot of negative attention recently due to the killing of journalist, Jamal Khashoggi and arrest of women's rights activist Loujain Alhathloul in 2018, according to the fashion Instagram page, Diet Prada.

“It is very important to me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community, freedom of expression and the right to a free press,” Ratajkowski told Diet Prada. “I hope coming forward on this brings more attention to the injustices happening there.”

Khashoggi's Washington Post Editor Speak Out

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The music festival had a ton of famous attendees including Irina Shayk, Luka Sabbat, Ryan Phillippe, Sofia Richie, Winnie Harlow, Alessandra Ambrosio, Armie Hammer and Joan Smalls, according to Fox News.

Karen Attiah, Khashoggi's editor at the Washington Post, praised the Instagram page for pointing out all of the influencers that took the cash to travel to Saudi Arabia and has even pleaded with Mariah Carey to stop performing there in the past.

"Thank you @diet_prada for calling this out. I was Jamal Khashoggi’s editor at Washington Post. Jamal believed in social media to be used for good. It’s shameful that many of Saudi Arabia’s own influencers and activists have been jailed under Mohammed bin Salman. Thank you for using this platform to call out the shamelessness. I’m disgusted."

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