– While making a guest appearance on Ashley Graham’s podcast, Pretty Big Deal, Emily Ratajkowski spoke candidly about her “complicated relationship” with the label sexy.
– The model said that though she finds “being sexy” an empowering character trait, she also wants people to understand that she’s “so much more than just that.”
– Ratajkowski previously spoke about how she personally feels sexy in an essay she penned for Harper’s BAZAAR.
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Google “Emily Ratajkowski” and you’ll most likely be inundated with headlines flashing the latest “teeny-tiny” bikini she wore or some slinky, sultry minidress she stepped out in. For the supermodel, who has “always been known as a sexy girl,” being “sexy” can be a fun and even empowering feeling. Still, she admits that she has a “complicated relationship” with the label.
Speaking on Ashley Graham’s podcast, Pretty Big Deal, Ratajkowski candidly spoke about navigating the thin line between personally claiming her own sexiness and being objectified through a patriarchal lens.
“I think that I have a really complicated relationship to being sexy,” EmRata said. “I think that I have definitely found incredible power in it—just for myself. Like being empowered for myself. I’m not talking about power in how much money I made or my career—I mean in feeling good and powerful in my body. I’ve definitely been able to do that.”
Despite this, Ratajkowski still wants to be known for more than just her body. “I also think there’s another side of me that’s like every woman,” she said, “where it’s like I’m so much more than just that.”
In an essay she penned for Harper’s BAZAAR in August, the model expressed a similar sentiment, writing about the different ways each person can determine their own personal femininity and sexiness.
“If I decide to shave my armpits or grow them out, that’s up to me,” she wrote. “On any given day, I tend to like to shave, but sometimes letting my body hair grow out is what makes me feel sexy. And there is no right answer, no choice that makes me more or less of a feminist.”
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.