EMILY RATAJKOWSKI WRITES ABOUT HER CHILDHOOD AND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE SEXY

Emily Ratajkowski

24-year-old model, actress, and budding mogul Emily Ratajkowski recently took to Lena Dunham’s platform for females and feminism – Lenny – to open up about her childhood and what it means to her to be “sexy”. Specifically, she talks about how her family tried to protect her from the outside world, believing that her looks would get her into trouble:

“Growing up, my father would lovingly refer to me as a “baby woman.” And that’s what 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 […] When I was 13, a close family member came to see my performance in a play. I remember feeling pretty — tanned, wearing lip gloss and a red button-up ribbed top over my bra and a mod-style zip-up miniskirt from Forever 21. Our family member sobbed to my mother and me at dinner after; she was worried for me, worried about the looks I got from men, because I was wearing what I was wearing. I needed to protect myself, she explained.”

She also goes on to expresses that to her, sexiness is a kind of beauty, “a kind of self-expression, one that is to be celebrated, one that is wonderfully female.”

“The implication is that to be sexual is to be trashy because being sexy means playing into men’s desires. To me, “sexy” is a kind of beauty, a kind of self-expression, one that is to be celebrated, one that is wonderfully female. Why does the implication have to be that sex is a thing men get to take from women and women give up?”