Since she rose to fame as one of the topless dancers in Robin Thicke's controversial anthem 'Blurred Lines', Emily Ratajkowski has fought against her sexy stereotype.
Recently, she opened up to Harper's Bazaar Australia about the difficulties she often faces finding work, as she believes people find it hard to rectify her sexy persona with her feminist attitude.
'There's this thing that happens to me: 'Oh, she's too sexy',' explains Ratajkowski. 'It's like an anti-woman thing, that people don't want to work with me because my boobs are too big. 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.'
Indeed, Ratajkowski is just as known for her feminist essays as she is for her bikini pics on Instagram. She wrote a lengthy piece for Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter, talking about how she found empowerment through her sexuality.
'The implication is that to be sexual is to be trashy because being sexy means playing into men’s desires,' she wrote. '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?'
She also hit the headlines in March 2016 when she leapt to Kim Kardashian's defence after she shared a nude selfie. Posing topless together, Emily wrote: 'We are more than just our bodies, but that doesn’t mean we have to be shamed for them or our sexuality.'