EMILY RATAJKOWSKI views social media websites as a pro-feminist as they enable women to control their own image.
The star’s striking looks and enviable figure has garnered her acclaim in the fashion world, earning Emily modelling gigs for Marc Jacobs and CR Fashion Book, before making the leap into Hollywood, starring alongside Ben Affleck in 2014’s hit movie Gone Girl and 2015 drama We Are Your Friends.
Following struggles to come to terms with her own sexuality, and instances of body shaming, Emily has become a passionate supporter of women’s right to portray their body in the way they see fit. And the 25-year-old insists that social media websites such as Instagram can be used as empowering tools because they allow women to portray or reclaim their image by their own design.
“It’s cool to have a format where you can be so direct with an audience,” Emily told feminist author Naomi Wolf in an interview for the upcoming issue U.S. Harper’s Bazaar magazine. “Social media is something women didn’t have 10 years ago, and that’s a big aspect in feminism today. I don’t have to be filtered by anyone. I choose.” And Emily certainly isn’t afraid to flaunt her body.
She famously appeared topless in the video for Robin Thicke’s controversial song Blurred Lines and is seen posing nude while sat on a white horse in the accompanying photoshoot for her Harper’s Bazaar interview.
The model turned actress also spoke about the uproar over the naked selfie Kim Kardashian posted on her Instagram account in March (16), with just black bars protecting her modesty. Emily fumed that the criticism aimed at the reality TV star that claimed she was attention seeking “infuriated” her, as she believes the selfie allows women to “reclaim” the male gaze.
“A woman can be seeking attention and also make a statement. They don’t need to be mutually exclusive,” she explained.