I always have to do a double-take whenever I see a new Emily Ratajkowski interview, because I’m always like “damn, did we already cover this?” It’s because she talks about the SAME things in interview after interview. I could have predicted the quotes from Emily’s new Elle Australia cover interview in my sleep: she’s going to talk vaguely about how feminism is about her right to post sexy Instagrams, she’s going to talk about Kim Kardashian and she’s going to talk about her boobs. Let’s see if I was right!
She’s smart, she swears: “No matter what we look like, all women are put into stereotypical boxes really quickly. I’ve definitely experienced that. I mean, most profiles written about me are like, ‘We’re so surprised she’s smart!’ On one hand, I get that it’s natural instinct to have an idea about someone, but also, f–k you.”
About being “bold & beautiful”: “I don’t think I’ve ever been known to play by the rules. I’m not afraid to speak my mind, but with that being said, I do hope that what I put out there is positive. When a woman is comfortable with her sexuality and doesn’t need validation from men, she kind of makes a lot of things irrelevant that people really care about, and it pisses people off.” But accepting her body, says Ratajkowski, “makes me feel powerful. If people are that scared, then there must be something to be scared of.”
On her critics: “I think it’s really bad for women, this competition and ‘judginess’. It’s something I deal with every day when I get dressed, like are you being objectified or are you being empowered? And I truly believe that no matter who looks at me and thinks, ‘Oh God, she’s wearing a tank top and look at her boobs, how sad that she’s a victim of the patriarchy,’ I’m thinking, ‘Well, f–k you, I feel great. And I like what I’m wearing, and I like how I look. That’s more important than your idea about that.’”
The women she defends: “I was like, ‘This is funny that these are the people that I end up fighting for.’ But I kind of feel like they’re the most important people, too. Like, don’t differentiate, don’t change your politics because you don’t think a person with a sex tape deserves protection or you discount somebody because of their sexual history. I think Kim Kardashian is actually an incredible feminist. I channel her when I’m having a bad day. I’m like, ‘Here’s someone who really doesn’t give a sh-t what anyone thinks.’ I would like to be that person who is above it all, and she is that way.”
For the love of God. It’s not that Emily doesn’t have a right to feel how she feels or speak her truth, but I just wish she would get off this particular subject, because it makes her seem so vapid and superficial. Yes, it’s her right to post naked photos of herself. Okay. We get that. What else do you have? Is there any other feminist issue you want to take up beyond “hot girls choosing to show their bodies can be a feminist choice too”? That’s literally been her “cause” for about four years.
Photos courtesy of Elle Australia, Emily’s Instagram.