Emily Ratajkowski supports PP: ‘Women’s healthcare is a fundamental right’


Here are some photos of Emily Ratajkowski at Thursday night’s Diamond Ball in Santa Monica. For the life of me, I cannot find the ID on her dress, which I actually love. It’s incredibly flattering on her, and she looks really great in these pics. I’m actually turning into something of an Emily Ratajkowski Apologist – she’s not my favorite person in the world, but I do like her and I think she’s more interesting than the typical model/starlet. Case in point: she’s co-designed a series of little dresses, and 25% of the proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood. She also gave an interview to W Magazine about her long-standing support of giving women access to affordable health care, birth control and reproductive choice. You can read the full W Magazine piece here, and here are some highlights:

Why she works with Planned Parenthood: “I’ve done PSAs and different things with Planned Parenthood before. They’re the main charity that I work with. I got involved before the recent Senate vote and the shooting in Colorado. It’s really insane that they’re under attack, basically, at the same time that we launched this dress. It was a coincidence. I chose Planned Parenthood and continue to work with them because I think they’re one of the most hands-on women’s health organizations in the country. I think women’s healthcare is a fundamental right that every woman in this country, and hopefully the world, eventually, should have access to.”

Why Planned Parenthood is important: “It’s really hard for young women coming into their sexuality to even talk to their parents, even if their parents are the closest people to them, or their family doctor whom they’ve known for a very long time. It’s really important for young girls and women of every age to have a safe place where they can go and get healthcare no matter what their insurance is, or what their background is.”

The responsibility she feels: “I mean, just being a woman, but also being a public figure. The first time I ever worked with Planned Parenthood, I was shocked at the reactions I got. Obviously, I had people who were really upset with me, but also I had a lot of people who were like, ‘Wow that’s so brave of you,’ which I think is so bizarre and says a lot about the state of the world right now—that people consider that to be such a ‘brave’ thing. I think it should just be a basic thing that every female celebrity and male celebrity supports. I’m hoping that this breaks down the taboo of Planned Parenthood, somewhat.”

Does she consider herself a feminist? “Yes!”

[From W Magazine]

It’s great to hear from a younger woman who is using her celebrity to support an organization like Planned Parenthood. PP has some significant celebrity support, but they aren’t always willing to do PSAs and give interviews about their support. Other names publicly supporting PP: Elizabeth Banks, Connie Britton, Julianne Moore, America Ferrera, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kate Walsh, Kristen Bell, Sarah Silverman, Lena Dunham and Scarlett Johansson.

Here’s the dress that Emily co-designed:


Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. CornyBlue says:

    That is really amazing of her. Hopefully the bigger stars will follow in her footsteps.

    • GlimmerBunny says:

      Yeah, I’ve never been a fan but I am now! She’s supportive of a cause I feel very strongly about myself (thank god women’s reporductive rights aren’t threathened in Sweden but it sucks they are in the US). The dress she designed is cute too 🙂

      • Serenity says:

        I know! She’s certainly got a new fan in me for life. Women’s rights – whether to reproductive health care, access to safe abortions, right to vote and an education – are all so very important to me (and as they should be to everyone out there)

        I admire her for supporting Planned Parenthood and saying she’s a feminist, when so many other celebrities are backing away from it or ignoring it.

        Brava Emily! I will now make sure I learn to spell your second name!

    • Anna says:

      She’s also made a few posts about her support for #blacklivesmatter so there’s definately more to her then meets eye lol

  2. astrid says:

    Count me in.

  3. Eleonor says:

    I usually do not like her, but kudos for working with and speaking of PP.
    For once we don’t even see her boobs, nice change.

  4. The Eternal Side-Eye says:

    I just can’t help but look at PP and everything regarding the constant attacks on it as proof were not in some post-femjnist utopia.

    You often hear women say, “I don’t have to be a feminist because I fight for myself and don’t need someone to help me.”, ignoring that they don’t face or even realize how horrifying it is for some women.

    We’re heading back to the world of coat hanger abortions while men wax poetic about theory and assumption. I’m really proud of her for willing to stand up and fight publicly.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Me, too, and agree that you need to be a feminist now more than ever. Things get better, then there’s a backlash. We are currently in a backlash, imo, and our reproductive choices are under serious threat.

    • Kitten says:

      All of this.

      Never been a fan of hers but I have nothing but respect for her work with PP.

      • Original T.C. says:

        Good for her. Sad that this in fact IS brave in today’s world where doctors are assassinated for this safe and constitutional protected medical procedure. She will no doubt start receiving death threats.

  5. Fiona says:

    Amazing. I’m so proud of you generation, stay woke! BTW @elanor dare we figure out she has boobs, then her message would be irrelevant?

  6. Fiona says:

    Amazing. I’m so proud of my generation, stay woke! BTW @Eleanor dare we figure out she has boobs, then her message would be irrelevant?

  7. foxface says:

    it is not about whether support pp or not.should taxpayers money be used for pp.

    • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

      Tax payer money is not used on abortions and was not being used on abortions when that ridiculous witch hunt was orchestrated.

    • Pedro45 says:

      Yeah, I would say the health of girls and women is a good use of taxpayer money. But I am just a simple woman waiting for the men of the GOP to tell me how to think and what to do.

    • Wren33 says:

      Taxpayer money is used to reimburse PP for patients on Medicaid getting cancer screening, pap smears, etc. Why should other health clinics get reimbursed for these patients, but not PP?

    • Original T.C. says:

      Tax payer money is used for many things that others do not believe in. Example: going to churches; some atheists and LGBT do not like their tax dollars going towards them. Some churches would spread hate towards these communities and organize as a political group to stop legislation or encourage votes against marriage and adoption rights for LGBT citizens.

      Atheists do not believe in religion but their tax dollars go towards them. Death penalty opponents have their tax dollars going towards the killing of inmates.

      Either way abortion is a legal medical procedure with every woman and couple having the constitutional right to this procedure. There are lots of medical procedures others object to, like paying millions of dollars for smokers. But we all do it. I’m tired of women being the only ones in society to have their access to medical procedures be prevented!

      • EOA says:

        Taxpayer money doesn’t go to churches. It may go to Church-funded charities – like, for instance, Catholic Charities – for social services they perform, but it is not going to churches, per se. (Churches, like all public charities and non-profits, are tax exempt).

        That being said, federal tax dollars also don’t go to Planned Parenthood to fund abortions but for other services they provide. And as I note above, there are Church-funded charities that also receive federal (and state) dollars for services they perform. So it isn’t as if Planned Parenthood is getting some special set of money that isn’t available to other non-profits. They perform important services for women’s health, and that’s what they get reimbursed for.

    • Merritt says:

      Taxpayer money should be used to support public health. Well woman exams, cancer screenings, etc, accomplish that. When states attempt to defund PP, poor women suffer and cannot get the care they need. And what is even more frustrating, is that some of the state programs that claim to take over, refer women to offices that either don’t take medicaid or don’t provide women’s health services.

    • Chaucer says:

      Foxface, while very little of taxpayer dollars are used to fund PP, not one bit of it is used for abortions. You’ll want to read up on the Hyde Act. It was a rider that was passed in the 70’s. A TON of people don’t know about it.

      • embertine says:

        But surely this is a distraction – taxpayer money doesn’t go towards abortions. Well that tacitly admits that abortion is wrong and I don’t accept that premise.

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        Personally I feel that taxpayer money *should* pay for all reproductive health care. Abortion services are a real part of reproductive health care, and no woman should have her body hijacked to someone else’s political views.

        But it is beside the point. People are arguing about abortion, but what is actually happening her is that poor women are having their health care taken away. This is going to have very real public health consequences– indeed it already has.

    • Arpeggi says:

      Much more of tax payer money goes into financing wars and polluting industries than what goes into financing PP. Since we live in a democratic system, tax payers that are against drilling or invading other countries still have to pay for all this crap, well others that are personally against PP (something I don’t understand, but anyway) will also have to pay to support it. And seriously, what is so bad about a place that will help with cancer screening, contraception counseling, sex education and sexual health? Are you willing to pay more taxes to support all the unwanted children that would be born if PP was not there to help? And their mothers/parents to deal with the financial, psychological and physical consequences of an unwanted pregancy?

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      Tax payer money does not pay for abortions. It pays for the medicaid reimbursements for other reproductive health care, specific procedures tat have already been performed. Cutting that funding essentially means cutting poor women off from their healthcare. It throws them completely under the bus. It does nothing else except that. Bear in mind that in many states, PP is the ONLY place where low income women can go for comprehensive reproductive healthcare.

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      I think the real question here is WHEN are we going to see that accessing health care and being treated with dignity and respect all along the way is an essential and BASIC human right– that, yes, even poor women, who our culture loves to demonize, should enjoy. This should not be subject to the whims of politicians trying to drum up votes or other people’s religious sentiments.

    • embertine says:

      Yes. Citizens of a country pay taxes to receive public services, including healthcare. Planned Parenthood provides healthcare that positively affects the welfare, economic and social standing of all people, particularly women. The fact that this is even in debate is the reason we in the rest of the western world look at the American healthcare system and wonder which freaking century your country lives in. Get it together.

  8. Miss Jupitero says:

    She is awesome, and I’m buying that dress. I hope other celeb take their cue from her. I’d also like to see some blokes speak up and do something besides wear tshirts.

  9. Susan says:

    Wow. I have a new favorite starlet!?

  10. vauvert says:

    Normally I find her so annoying but I can’t shade what she says here at all. Good for her to actually have a message and speak up about PP and their services, and how important it is for women to have a safe and affordable place to explore all their options for their sexual health, which they, and they alone, should control.
    And yes, also liking her dress.

  11. Tiffany says:

    As an fully formed adult ;), I will support Planned Parenthood for the rest of days.

    Planned Parenthood was ther when I was an uninsured college student who needed exams and birth control. Planned Parenthood offered a scale so I can get those services. Planned Parenthood was there as a counsil when I had a horrible morning after.

    Planned Parenthood was there for my choices, why not be there for theirs.

    • Pedro45 says:

      I’m glad you received the health care you needed, when you needed it. Girls and women deserve nothing less.

  12. Alex says:

    Don’t know who this is but I support her work with PP. I donate to PP when I can and its more important than ever. We are not in a post-feminist or post-racial world. At all. We are actually in a critical time

  13. Jay says:

    Emily is really surprising me. She’s more than just “that boobalicious bimbo from that music video.” I’m glad she’s using her celebrity for such a worthy cause.

  14. Merritt says:

    She is now less annoying to me. PP should be supported for all the important work they do to provide health care. Especially now that they are under constant attacks from both politicians and violent people. If you shop though Amazon, go through Amazon Smile so that you can set up your Amazon Smile for PP to get a small donation from eligible orders.

  15. Alicia says:

    “…giving women access to affordable health care, birth control and reproductive choice.”

    Reproductive choice? You’re talking about abortion. Just say it. These euphemisms are so juvenile.

    • Tarsha says:

      Abortion is a reproductive choice. What is it about that, you don’t understand?

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      Reproductive health care is not a “euphemism”. It is an entire branch of medical care, as legitimate as any other branch.

      Women have the right at this time to make their own medical decisions and to seek out the healthcare they need– including the decision to have an abortion. Taking that away effectively makes women second-class citizens. People are not all the same and their health circumstances and the needs of their families are not all the same. The best person to make this decision is the woman herself whose life is impacted. Whatever your feelings may be about abortion, there is no way to humanely enforce legal restrictions on abortion.

      Want proof? Do some research. All of it turns up the same thing. Legal restrictions on abortion do not result in abortion rates going down. They stay the same. The real result is: more later term abortions (which are riskier) due to the enforced delays; more back alley, do-it-yourself coat hanger abortions which KILL women; highly maternal death rates; higher infant mortality rates; more women needlessly incarcerated; and greater social inequality. And it is poor women who are the most impacted. Legal restriction on abortion do not result is less abortion or greater families– they just kill women.

      What does actually reduce abortion rates?

      Comprehensive, fact-based, medically accurate, shame free sex education reduces the rate of unintended pregnancy and reduces the rate of abortion.

      Effective, readily available, affordable, covered-by-insurance birth control (especially long term methods such as IUDs) reduces the rate of unintended pregnancy and reduces the rate of abortion.

      The demographics bear this out. I could make an argument and support it with data that Planned parenthood has prevented more abortions than all of these religious organizations put together.

      Try telling this to the anti-abortion lobby though. They don’t care about any of this. If they did they would also be campaigning for universal healthcare, income equality, housing equality, and other public policies that actually help poor women. This is precisely what leads me to conclude that they are not actually pro-life, but are authoritarian, religiously motivated, and feel threatened by what they see as unfettered and unpunished female sexuality, and they want turn the clocks back to the the pre-feminist era.

  16. Kezia says:

    Busy Philips bigged up PlannedParenthood on her Instagram before, love her!