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NY Post
New York Post
24 Feb 2024

NextImg:Shutterbug sues Vera Wang over use of Emily Ratajkowski photo: suit

A Big Apple photographer is back in court for the second time in three years over his snaps of supermodel Emily Ratajkowski.

Queens shutterbug Edward Opinaldo claims celebrated designer Vera Wang’s company put his photo of model Ratajkowski wearing the fashion company’s eyewear on social media without his permission, according to a lawsuit.

Opinaldo took the snaps of the 32-year-old stunner — dressed in a chic black ensemble, black glasses and stylish chain black shoulder bag, and it quickly turned up on the Vera Wang Facebook page on March 13, 2020.

This photo of model Emily Ratajkowski is at the center of a copyright infringement case in Manhattan Federal Court. Edwin Opinaldo / Vera Wang Facebook

The company made a point of highlighting their product, using the hashtag #VeraWangEyewear, the shutterbug said in court papers.

Opinaldo’s original photo and a screengrab of the same photo from the Vera Wang Facebook are listed as exhibits in the Feb. 12 legal filing.

The photographer is seeking unspecified damages.

Opinaldo’s attorney did not return messages.

Reps for Vera Wang did not immediately comment.

A photo of Emily Ratajkowski in black leather bra top and black leather pants which bare her midriff, flicking her long brown hair as she arrived at a Victoria's Secret event during New York Fashion Week in September.
Ratajkowski is a mega-influencer who currently has 30 million Instagram followers. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

In 2022, Opinaldo sued the model for copyright infringement after she allegedly posted two of his shots of Ratajkowski on Instagram without his permission.

Opinaldo said he took the photos of Ratajkowski — who currently has 30 million Instagram followers and is the author of best seller “My Body” — leaving a Big Apple building on June 17, 2019.

The “Love Somebody” video star posted two of the images to her Instagram page that same day, garnering 288,000 likes, according to court papers.

Opinaldo had those shots copyrighted in July 2019.

He first noticed the pics on Ratajkowski’s Instagram story in September 2019, according to that seven-page suit, which was terminated in October 2022, according to court documents.