If you look at Emily Ratajkowski's Instagram feed, you'll find the model posing in everything from pretty Reformation dresses to flirty bikinis, but in her latest editorial spread, she's wearing nothing at all. Ratajkowski posed for Harper's Bazaar's August issue and discussed her thoughts on body image and shaming in the cover story.
“The world should not be exclusive of the ideal body. It has to include all ideals, all bodies. The whole idea is that when Kim (Kardashian) takes a nude selfie, she’s just seeking attention. That’s not the issue. A woman can be seeking attention and also make a statement. They don’t need to be mutually exclusive.”
She also discussed the use of social media, a tool which is practically a requirement for models in today's technologically driven world. "A selfie is a sort of interesting way to reclaim the gaze, right?" she stated. "You're looking at yourself and taking a photo while looking at everyone."
Read on for a look at the images, then head to Harper's Bazaar to read the interview in full!
Emily Ratajkowski on social media strategy:
“Some posts are more intentioned than others. That selfie with Kim was very intentioned, very direct. I had the tweets lined up for when it launched because I wanted those things to be what came with the image when the media started covering it. But then other times, it’s just a tool, you know? I’m a young woman who lives in a world of social media; I’ll post boring things too!”
Emily Ratajkowski on the reaction to women taking ownership of their sexuality:
“You know, when Lena Dunham takes her clothes off, she gets flack, but it’s also considered brave; when Justin Bieber takes off his shirt, he’s a grown up. But when a woman who is sexual takes off her top, it plays into something.”
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Opening Image: @emrata