Yes, Emily Ratajkowski Is Allowed to Be a Feminist and Pose Naked on a Horse
Emily Ratajkowski is becoming an outspoken force for feminism and girl power and we love it.
She’s unabashedly sexual, fearlessly political, and not afraid to preach the feminist gospel while sitting naked atop a white stallion.
In this month’s edition of Harper’s Bazaar, Emily Ratajkowski dishes about double standards, how it’s okay for women to want attention, and how that topless selfie with Kim Kardashian came to be.
On women seeking attention:
“A woman can be seeking attention and also make a statement. They don’t need to be mutually exclusive,” Ratajkowski posits, adding, “It’s not right. Sex is normal. Desire is normal. Attention is normal, and that’s okay.”
On double standards:
“You know, when Lena Dunham takes her clothes off, she gets flack, but it’s also considered brave; when Justin Bieber takes his shirt off, he’s a grown-up. But when a woman who is sexual takes off her top, it plays into something.”
On taking that selfie with Kim:
“I don’t know her personally, but Kim posted this naked selfie in March, and there were black bars on her private areas. And there was this uproar, especially from Piers Morgan, who wrote this whole thing about “she’s a mother, she’s 35, it’s ridiculous,” Ratajkowski explained. “That really made me angry. She wrote a few tweets responding to all the hate she was getting from this post, and then Piers said Kanye [West] had written those tweets, which also infuriated me to no end.”
After a brief pause in which her interviewer, who obviously does not stay abreast of pop culture news, interjected, “Oh, my God! Jesus,” Ratajkowski continued:
“A selfie is a sort of interesting way to reclaim the gaze, right? You’re looking at yourself and taking a photo while looking at everyone. But also who cares? Kim’s allowed to do what she wants. So I issued a series of tweets; she sent me flowers, thanking me, which was very sweet. We ended up running into each other and had this idea to take a similar selfie with our middle fingers up.
She then ends the interview by making what might just be her most salient point: for all the shit we talk about social media, it’s one of the most important feminist tools we have right now.
“It’s cool to have a format where you can be so direct with an audience. 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.”
We’re with her.
Read the full interview here.