When Emily Ratajkowski writes a beautiful and inspirational reflection of growing up and defining sexuality, you can be sure a lot of people’s inner feminist (including mine) is going to be unleashed. The model and actress, who was once referred to as a ‘baby woman’ by her father, explains how she struggled to find her place in womanhood due to the clash between her innocence and reaching puberty early. Ratajkowski believes “sexy is a kind of beauty, a self expression, one that is to be celebrated, one that is wonderfully female”. She writes about social standards taking this celebration of the woman figure away from not only her, but also women everywhere, because of the ideology of it being “trashy” and “playing with men’s desires”.
The self-written thoughts of Emily Ratajkowski is an interesting and very personal exploration of female sexuality and is a must-read for everyone. Not only will you be taken on a walk down Em Rata’s memory lane, but you might also question your own sexuality and the social conventions that come with it. You can (and should) check out her full essay here.
- Words: Mikaela Ortolan