She's outspoken. She's strong willed. And she's naked—this time on the back of a horse.
In a new feature with Harper's Bazaar, Emily Ratajkowski sits down with feminist author Naomi Wolf to address "sexuality, shaming, and the notorious Kim Kardashianselfie," yet again. The brunette beauty speaks openly about being perceived as a woman at a very young age, her social approach to making political statements, and the fact that she believes sex, desire and attention are completely normal.
On looking like a woman at just 14-years-old: "I genuinely hit puberty before everyone. So I really was more sexual than my classmates. My teachers, my boyfriends, my parents' friends didn't understand how complex it all was. Because of third-wave feminism, I understood that there are all these f***ed-up ideals of beauty put on young women; that there was something to be scared about in the entertainment world. But yet the people I knew in my everyday life, they [didn't realize] their faux pas, their missteps, and since they knew me it was that much harder because the comments felt personal."
On never apologizing for being beautiful: "That's something we really forget in this world, especially in my industry and being in the public eye as a female. There's this idea that if a man enjoys a photograph of a nude woman or if he likes your short skirt, he's taking something away from you...It's not right. Sex is normal. Desire is normal. Attention is normal, and that's okay. That's really what slut shaming is, right? You talk about this in your book Promiscuities. A woman talks about having sex, and it's like, well, a guy got to have sex with you, so you're stupid. You've given something up."
Be sure to check out the full article when the August 2016 issue of Harper's Bazaar hits newsstands on July 19.
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