Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Emily Ratajkowski has a unique perspective on feminism and body shaming. The model and actress (her growing list of film credits includes Gone Girl and We Are Your Friends) is outspoken as a feminist celebrity, but Emily’s views aren’t in line with traditional feminists and that’s something that has alienated her from the movement. In addition to coming forward to explain her stance on using her body to fight for feminist issues, Ms. Ratajkowski stunned in a black gown that she chose to shed right on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival.
Emily Ratajkowski Strips Down To Her Knickers At Cannes
All eyes were on Emily Ratajkowski at the Cannes Film Festival, when she joined best friends and fellow models Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin for an unforgettable red carpet debut, reports The Fix. The Sports Illustrated model showed up in a sleek black dress that began with a lacy top portion with strategically placed floral designs, only to give way to a puffy black skirt. The top also had an inverted V-shape cutout to reveal portions of Ratajkowski’s cleavage.
Already, Emily’s outfit was enough to stun onlookers, but it seems Ratajkowski wasn’t quite satisfied with the attention, because she took it one step further.
In one swift move, Ms. Ratajkowski pulled the skirt aside and removed it altogether to reveal that the lacy top was just one part of a full body jumpsuit. Emily might have turned more than a few onlookers away with embarrassment, because she wore nothing beneath the lace jumpsuit. Again, well placed designs in the lace pattern hid Ratajkowski’s lady bits from view, but just barely.
Ms. Ratajkowski is no stranger to baring her body and some of her closest followers might think this outfit was tame in comparison to her Instagram posts, but it was revealing enough to get everyone talking. Onlookers might even have forgotten that they were there to watch films, not Emily.
Feminism Has A New Warrior In Emily Ratajkowski And They’re Not Happy About It
Emily Ratajkowski has sex appeal and she knows it. As The Daily Beast reveals, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model also isn’t above using her body to make statements about presenting a positive body image, even if feminists don’t agree with her bold approach.
Taking a look at Emily’s Instagram page, one will possibly see more selfies and posed photos than on any other model’s personal page, Hailey Baldwin and Bella Hadid included. Just this week, Ratajkowski shared a handful of new pictures from her time at Cannes. Aside from three images of herself showing off that controversial black outfit, Emily also shared two images of herself in a cream-colored evening gown, shimmering and slinky against her curvy frame.
“After the red carpet, stranded on a dock, watching the sunset barefoot #Cannes,” Ms. Ratajkowski captured one of those images.
Ratajkoswki also posted images of her fun on a yacht during the Cannes event. In those photos, Emily posed in a red two-piece bikini that leaves even less to the imagination than that lacy jumpsuit.
What does all of this have to do with feminism?
Ms. Ratajkowski begins to answer that by suggesting that the selfie is more than just an expression of one’s vanity. The model feels as though selfies help the subject become more than an object for ogling, taking the power back from the viewer and leaving it in the hands of the subject.
“We are more than just our bodies, but that doesn’t mean we have to be shamed for them or our sexuality,” adds Emily.
Taking it a step further, Emily refuses to accept the stereotype that women can’t be sexual and political. Ratajkowski angers feminists with her willingness to earn money by selling her body image, while also preaching the virtues of feminism, but for the model, it’s all one part of the same problem.
“It’s not our responsibility to change the way we are seen — it’s society’s responsibility to change the way it sees us,” says Emily Ratajkowski.
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