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Fashion Feen Model Emily Ratajkowski gives shoutout to Bantry in Cork at Met Gala

The model and actor has strong family links to the West Cork town and made headlines earlier this year when she sponsored a local teenage basketball team there

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Emily Ratajkowski. Photo by: Ian West/PA

Emily Ratajkowski. Photo by: Ian West/PA

Emily Ratajkowski. Photo by: Ian West/PA

Emily Ratajkowski gave a shoutout to Bantry, Co. Cork at the Met Gala last night.

The model and actor has strong family links to the West Cork town and made headlines earlier this year when she sponsored a local teenage basketball team there.

Bantry Basketball Club announced in July that the Hollywood star’s clothing brand, Inamo Rata (which means ‘being in love’), will be sponsoring the jerseys for its under-15/16 team.

Emily’s father John played for Bantry Basketball Club in the 1980s and her family regularly visit the town.

And she continued to show her support for Bantry at last night’s Met Gala event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City after bumping into Cork woman and editor-in-chief of Glamour Magazine Samantha Barry.

Samantha grabbed Emily as they were headed into the elite fashion event and shared a little video of the pair to her Twitter account.

“So, I’m at the Met Gala with Bantry’s sporting’s biggest supporter,” the 39-year-old said.

Emily, who was wearing a red lace dress by Vera Wang, replied: “That’s true. It’s me! Hello everyone!”

Samantha tagged the model in the video and captioned it: “With Bantry’s most fabulous celeb sporting sponsor at #MetGala”

International model Emily is no stranger to West Cork and recently spoke to her 28 million Instagram followers about the summers she spent there as a child.

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The 28-year-old revealed that she loved cow tipping as a kid but one of her absolute favourite memories was getting stuck while playing in a bog and shared a photo with a friend covered in mud.

She added that she loved her summers spent in Bantry and fondly called it her “second home.”

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