MUST READ: Emily Ratajkoswki’s “BUYING MYSELF BACK”
Over the past couple of years, Emily Ratajkowski has become a household name. Known primarily for her role in Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ video, Gone Girl, and laughably as Gibby’s cute girlfriend in iCarly, Ratajkowski has won the hearts of many. Having gained notoriety for her looks, Ratajkowski is the envy and desire of many.
Ratajkowski has always been vocal about social justice. Using her platform, the model-actress encourages her followers to vote, and speak out against sexual assault. In her in-depth essay for The Cut, Ratajkowski painfully details the fight for her own image. With many of her photos publicly available, Ratajkowski has seen “artists” profit off of her image, incorporating her photos in their “art.” Sadly, she often hasn’t seen the profits from these artists, nor has she gained justice for their misuse.
In her article, she details her experiences with exploitation, sexual assault, and her ongoing battle with photographer Jonathan Leder. Emily Ratajkowski’s story is one that highlights how men declare ownership over women’s bodies, and how it can be hard to be taken seriously if you’re deemed as “too sexy.”
You can read the article here: https://www.thecut.com/article/emily-ratajkowski-owning-my-image-essay.html