In August’s cover story for Harper’s Bazaar, Emily Ratajkowski opened up about her feminism, her work, and her relationship. Even though she made her way onto the scene as a topless model in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” video and is known for her sexy Instagrams, that’s totally her choice — women should be allowed to control the narratives surrounding their bodies. Yet, she said in the new interview that it’s her body that sometimes prevents her from getting work.
She opened up to Harper’s Bazaar Editor in Chief Kellie Hush, saying, “There’s this thing that happens to me: ‘Oh, she’s too sexy.’ It’s like an anti-woman thing that people don’t want to work with me because my boobs are too big. What’s wrong with boobs? They’re a beautiful, feminine thing that needs to be celebrated. Like, who cares? They are great big, they are great small. Why should that be an issue?” That’s actually a great question. There have been entire articles written solely to answer the question, “Why did my boyfriend like a picture of Emily Ratajkowski on Instagram?” While we’d like to think that feminism has become a more mainstream movement, it’s clearly much more nuanced than that, and women are frequently judged for their bodies — often by other women.
Ratajkowski had previously expressed frustration to The New York Times about similar issues, saying, “It’s incredibly frustrating that society somehow feels that women can’t manage to be political, feminist, and a sex symbol.” So true.
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