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Model and actress Emily Ratajkowski is sick of hearing people talk about her breasts.
Ratajkowski, who is on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Australia July issue, revealed that she’s received comments about her body, specifically her breasts, that imply that they might be the reason why she doesn’t get hired for jobs.
And she doesn’t see why that’s something to focus on.
“There’s this thing that happens to me: ‘Oh, she’s too sexy’,” she said. “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?”
This isn’t the first time that Ratajkowski, who’s probably best known for her role in the “Blurred Lines” music video and as Ben Affleck’s mistress in “Gone Girl,” has spoken out about the way people view women’s bodies in Hollywood. In 2016, she came to the defense of friend Kim Kardashian, who was attacked online for posting a topless selfie. Ratajkowski posed with Kardashian — also topless — in a response selfie.
“We are more than just our bodies, but that doesn’t mean we have to be shamed for them or our sexuality,” she wrote on Twitter. “Even if being sexualized by society’s gaze is demeaning, there must be a space where women can still be sexual when they choose to be.”
She’s also addressed her inability to land serious roles in Hollywood, saying it came down to her looks.
“If you’re a sexy actress it’s hard to get serious roles. You get offered the same thing that they’ve seen you in,” Ratajkowski said.
She’s also gone on the record previously about the attention she’s received because of her breasts. In a February 2016 Lenny Letter essay titled “Baby Woman,” she detailed her experiences having D-cups at 12 years old.
Ratajkowski’s brand of feminism is simple: why should a woman have to tone down her sexuality for others?
“I refuse to live in this world of shame and silent apologies,” she wrote. “Life cannot be dictated by the perceptions of others, and I wish the world had made it clear to me that people’s reactions to my sexuality were not my problems, they were theirs.”