Emily Ratajkowski wants you to know there's more to her—and any woman—than just her body. The model and actress has spoken out a lot about in the past year about body positivity, as she's defended nude selfies, denounced sexism, and invited women to be comfortable with their sexuality and stop thinking of sex as a bad thing. From standing in solidarity with rape victims to defending a woman's freedom to choose, she's also proven herself a rising figure on the modern feminist scene.
Below, take a look at her best body-positive, sex-positive and all-around girl-positive moments, in quotes and photos. What to wear tonight? Kim's naked selfie yielded an onslaught of body-shaming an criticism, but the model supported her decision to go nude for the 'gram. She even posted her own stripped-down version of Kardashian's photo to show she was serious. Love when a man comments on a woman's decision to post a nude photo. Her body, her career. Also love that when a woman stands up for herself everyone thinks it must be her dude speaking for her.
Ratajkowski also vented about the backlash on Kim's photo in a few sarcastic tweets. In a later interview, it was revealed that her comments targeted Piers Morgan, who deeply criticized Kim's decision to go nude on camera as a year-old mother of two. She "had a lot of problems" with his comments, she told The Evening Standard. We are more than just our bodies, but that doesn't mean we have to be shamed for them or our sexuality. Kardashian thanked Ratajkowski for her support by sending a bouquet of white roses to her house, which the model gratefully posted on Instagram.
The two later joined forces to take a topless photo together in the name of sex positivity. Clothes off, middle fingers up. Tomorrow my lennyletter essay entitled "Baby Woman" is released! This piece of writing is near and dear to me.
Sign up today to have it in your email tomorrow AM! Link in bio. In February, the model penned an essay for Lenny about her experiences of being sexualized, which started out when she was a young teen. She also urged that women shouldn't feel guilty or afraid to be sexy, redefining the term as one that equates with female beauty rather than male desire.
In one section she wrote:. To me, "sexy" is a kind of beauty, a kind of self-expression, one that is to be celebrated, one that is wonderfully female.
Why does the implication have to be that sex is a thing men get to take from women and women give up? Most adolescent women are introduced to "sexy" women through porn or Photoshopped images of celebrities. Is that the only example of a sexual woman we will provide to the young women of our culture? Where can girls look to see women who find empowerment in deciding when and how to be or feel sexual?
Even if being sexualized by society's gaze is demeaning, there must be a space where women can still be sexual when they choose to be. Although Ratajkowski made her breakthrough as a featured role in Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" music video, looking back at it, she disapproved of the video which as since then been labeled as misogynistic. I think I came off as a bit annoyed in the video. Now, it's the bane of my existence.
When anyone comes up to me about "Blurred Lines", I'm like, are we seriously talking about a video from three years ago? As a guest on Lena Dunham's "Women of the Hour" podcast, Ratajkowski opened up about her struggles with body image growing up. And I basically had a really great mom, who celebrated my sexuality and made it very clear that I was not to be embarrassed, or that anything I wore was something I should feel bad about," she said.
In a recent interview with The Evening Standard , Ratajkowski opened up about the "interesting paradox" that is being type-casted as a sexualized actress. People are like sheep and they're like 'Oh, that's what she does well.
The model and her mother posed together poolside in matching bikinis and dad hats last month. Besides being a cute mother-daughter pic, the photo was Ratajkowski's subtle hat-tip to the woman who taught her to love her body. Ratajkowski made a bold statement about how girls are taught how to dress in school.
She posted this poignant message on Twitter and Instagram, which reads:. Instead of shaming girls for their bodies, teach boys that girls are not sexual objects. I think that there is a stigma attached to the word, but to me it means talking about the way we look at women and how we judge women differently than how we judge men," she told Evening Standard.
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