Emily Ratajkowski is getting naked for a good cause. The model who appeared in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” music video posed fully nude for Lena Dunham’s Lenny and submitted an essay on sexuality.
The 24-year-old brunette beauty took to Instagram to share a photo from the shoot. The photo shows Ratajkowski standing completely nude in a doorway as she places one hand on her breast. Alongside the revealing photo, Ratajkowski explained that she shared a letter for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter newsletter.
“Tomorrow my @lennyletter essay entitled ‘Baby Woman’ is released! This piece of writing is near and dear to me. Sign up to day to have it in your email tomorrow AM! Link in bio. Many thanks to @lenadunham.”
Emily also took to Instagram to share an excerpt from her essay, which was what her dad would call her while going through puberty. She revealed that she was told by family and friends that she should hide her body after developing breasts at the age of 12.
“Their comments felt much more personal and thus landed that much harder. I was still figuring out how to put a tampon in, never mind how to understand some of the complicated aspects of womanhood. The implication is that to be sexual is to be trashy because being sexy means playing into men’s desires. To me, ‘sexy’ is kind of beauty, a kind of self-expression, one that is to be celebrated, one that is wonderfully female.”
She also addressed the unwanted attention she would receive from older men and that people outside of the modeling industry were quick to judge her mature body. She recounted the times when her friends, parents, and teachers would make her feel more uncomfortable about her developing body or her sexuality than those that she worked with in the fashion world.
The reason why Emily Ratajkowski stripped down for the newsletter was because she wanted to put an end to the slut-shaming and sexuality shaming she gets for her frequent nude photoshoots. These days, Ratajkowski refuses to apologize for her curves and for embracing her sexuality.
— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) February 8, 2016
Her essay comes after online commenters attacked the model and actress for supporting Bernie Sanders after she introduced the presidential candidate at a New Hampshire rally last week. Many of the trolls took to Facebook to hit Emily with sexist names, and saying that she should stick to getting naked and modeling instead of talking about politics.
During an interview with the New York Times, the Gone Girl actress addressed the criticism she receives from getting political while being regarded as a sex symbol.
“I think if you are a public figure, you have a responsibility to say something for a cause you truly believe in and help it on its course. It’s incredibly frustrating that society somehow feels that women can’t manage to be political, feminist, and a sex symbol.”
During her speech introducing Sanders last week, Ratajkowski said “just to make one thing clear, I’m here to support Bernie Sanders, not for the boys,” a reference to Gloria Steinem’s controversial comment that women are only supporting Sanders because “that’s where the boys are.”
Emily has admitted that she would love to see a female president, adding that she “believes in its symbolic importance.” But the reason why she supports Bernie is that she believes he is “offering the action we desperately need,” and addressed his plan to work on inequality in the United States.
“We are here because we know Bernie can bring real change. He gives us hope for equality.”
Ratajkowski is not going to let her looks or nude photoshoots discredit her from speaking out about politics. You can read her Lenny Letter in full on Wednesday, Feb. 17.
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