Is Emily the face of modern feminism?
Emily Ratajkowski: that naked girl from the Blurred Lines video, or a thoroughly modern feminist icon? The American model slash actress has been using her celeb status to speak out on modern feminism, and she’s got some pretty great things to say.
Before you start screaming at us, we get why that video appearance might make you question Emily’s status as an outspoken feminist – but as she told us herself at her September InStyle cover shoot, ‘are we seriously talking about a video from three years ago? It’s the bane of my existence’. We also wonder why the other two models in the video haven’t had half as much media attention as Emily…
These days, you’re more likely to find Emily penning a thought-provoking essay on being sexualised as a young girl for Lena Dunham’s Lenny newsletter, tweeting her support for women’s rights or supporting Kim Kardashian after that naked selfie (in fact, they even took one together). And about that bikini bod? Speaking to InStyle US, Emily revealed 'I always say, “Do you have a body? Then you’re swimsuit ready.” That’s all you need to worry about’.
Why demonising female sexuality isn’t helping anyone
"Why demonize female sexuality if only to keep us in the dark about the power and beauty of our bodies?" @guerrillafem— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) March 30, 2016
In defence of nude selfies, and owning your own body
However sexual our bodies may be, we need to hve the freedom as women to choose whn & how we express our sexuality. pic.twitter.com/1KK0MtXRuv— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) March 30, 2016
We are more than just our bodies, but that doesn't mean we have to be shamed for them or our sexuality. #liberated— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) March 30, 2016
Female empowerment, and the power of supporting each other
My ideas hve developed over time as a response to the criticism and yes, sexism my body & sexuality has generated— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) April 6, 2016
Why does evry1 worry abt what's done for attntion? Let's say when a wmn dresses sexy she DOES want attention.— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) April 6, 2016
Does that make her guilty of something? Is she working against female equality when she decides she wants to wear a sexy skirt?— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) April 6, 2016
Her own experiences of the lack of feminism in film
Pretty insane how few of the scripts I read pass the Bechdel test. I'd say one in twenty.— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) March 23, 2016
Not only that, Emily is standing up for racial equality and plus-size figures in fashion, making sure all types of women are a part of her feminist conversation. So has she changed your mind yet? You might not agree with everything Emily has to say, but you can’t deny her right to say it.