Battle of the Sexes actress Natalie Morales is fighting back against a photographer who purposely took a photo up her dress at the premiere of her latest movie. In a thread posted to Twitter, the Cuban-American star explained she was asked to comment on a “wardrobe malfunction” she presumably had at the film’s debut. Said malfunction was anything but. Instead, the photos were images shot up the slit of her dress, exposing her underwear.
For Morales and many who quickly offered support to her on social media, this is no different than the paparazzi who “wait outside of the cars of female celebrities… getting out just to purposely take pictures up their skirts,” a possible reference to a string of up-skirt shots stemming back to public figures like Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan.
Morales also isn’t buying this was an accident, declaring in a public statement released Tuesday that “they could have done what they would have done had they taken an accidental shot of their daughter’s, mother’s, or sister’s vagina: deleted it.”
Morales maintains she isn’t embarrassed of her body. “It’s a vagina. We all come out of one.” And as further proof that she’s a model citizen, Morales attempted to rewrite the narrative for good, urging followers to help the citizens of Puerto Rico who are still suffering in the wake of Hurricane Maria’s destruction.
You can see Morales on-screen – and on her own terms! – as Salvadoran-American tennis star Rosie Casals in Battle of the Sexes.
Battle of the Sexes hits theaters everywhere on September 29.