‘I wasn’t just famous; I was famously sexy’: Model Emily Ratajkowski on the dangers of being sought after
Female celebrities are deemed sexy in a different way now than they were even a few years ago. But, as Emily Ratajkowski discovered, these are unique challenges that come with being an up-and-coming performer.
At 25, Ratajkowski has built a very successful career around her talents as a model, actress and model, and has even crossed over into the world of clothing designers and brands.
In a bid to share her experience of female sexuality, Ratajkowski has penned a piece for the US Magazine Wonderland, where she discusses the hazards of living and breathing fame: she wrote that she had to learn to change the subject as quickly as possible, even if it meant offending people.
“I don’t want to sound naive, but there are some things that aren’t that complicated – and some things that aren’t that complicated at all,” Ratajkowski begins.
“The difference between how women are portrayed and represented today and in the past is so vast. It goes beyond what magazines have printed.”
Ratajkowski, who has recently appeared on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, was also featured in a shoot for the upcoming Elle UK fashion issue as part of their 2018 September issue, where she strips to her underwear.
Her frank approach is borne out by the fact that while she remains uncharacteristically private about her personal life, she does point to social media as a whole as having a side effect of making it harder for women to negotiate the image they portray for press, as it gives them more leeway to avoid compromising personal ideals.
“The idea that we can be beautiful and sexy and still do our jobs well is a reality… And that doesn’t mean that I’m good at everything, but it means that I’m able to take risks. So I’ll be brave, even if it means not knowing what’s going to come out on top.”
Also in the magazine interview, Ratajkowski is candid when talking about her admiration for both beauty queen Kylie Jenner and singer Taylor Swift.
And it’s clear that the determined, self-made woman is at the same time exasperated by the fact that she can’t please everybody:
“In my family, we’re all very different, from a very normal Italian Catholic family to a very bohemian Jewish family to a Muslim family. I love a variety of people… I’m not just famous; I was famously, famously sexy. That was my brand. So if something upsets me, it has nothing to do with my people, it has to do with my sphere of influences.”
“It’s no surprise that I would look up to two very powerful women in my life, both of whom are in the public eye. I never set out to be famous. I just wanted to make movies, one at a time, play golf, and save the world.”