Emily Ratajkowski Says She's Been Body Shamed Because of Her Breasts
"People don't want to work with me because my boobs are too big."
Emily Ratajkowski is mostly known for her successful modeling career, but she's recently made waves in Hollywood by scoring roles in movies like Gone Girl and We Are Your Friends. That doesn't mean landing jobs is always easy.
"There's this thing that happens to me: 'Oh, she's too sexy.' It's like an anti-woman thing, people don't want to work with me because my boobs are too big," she explained in a recent interview with Harper's Bazaar Australia. "What's wrong with boobs? They're a beautiful, feminine thing that needs to be celebrated. Like, who cares? They are great big, they are great small. Why should that be an issue?"
Emily has long been open about how her breasts have made her a target for body-shaming, ever since she was a young girl. Growing up, she was expected to conceal her body-something a lot of women with larger chests can relate to.
In an essay penned for Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter, Emily revealed how she was nicknamed "baby woman" by her father because of her mature body-type. "I was a 12-year-old with D-cup breasts who still woke up in the night and asked her mom to come and sleep in her room," Emily says. (Related: Study Finds Body Shaming Leads to Higher Mortality Risk)
"The implication is that to be sexual is to be trashy because being sexy means playing into men's desires," she explained in the Lenny Letter. "To me, 'sexy' is a kind of beauty, a kind of self-expression, one that is to be celebrated, one that is wonderfully female."
It's no secret that we live in a society that objectifies women, but speaking out is the first step to change. "I refuse to live in this world of shame and silent apologies," she says. "Life cannot be dictated by the perceptions of others, and I wish the world had made it clear to me that people's reactions to my sexuality were not my problems, they were theirs." Preach.