Famous PeopleEmily Ratajkowski, 31, one of the most famous models of her generation, knows it can be “difficult” to post “sexual” pictures of herself almost daily on Instagram. According to her, this reinforces an unrealistic model of beauty, which is exactly what she always criticizes. But she says she knows what she’s doing.
Is Emily part of the problem she likes to bring up herself, asks Harper’s Bazaar in an interview with the model this week. The American, who gained worldwide fame thanks to her role in the music video for the song Blurred lines by Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, has written a much-discussed book about her modeling experience. Money is made in it by a beauty ideal that is completely unattainable for most women. As long as the pictures are beautiful – especially to the male eye.
Pictures of people who look perfect can have very detrimental effects on the mental health of young people, especially girls. There are links with suicidal thoughts and worsening eating disorders. Emily criticizes the industry and this brought her back to criticism. She works against a world she voluntarily remains a part of and always shares photos with perfect poses and post-processing. Not on a small scale, but with nearly 30 million followers on Instagram.
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How do you feel responsible? “I totally understand that it’s hard to make myself sexual and to share images that promote the ideal of beauty,” she says. I’m not trying to get out of that responsibility. But I don’t think I would have sold a lot of books if I hadn’t. That’s how the world works.” “I mean, we’re all involved in systems that we don’t get along with.”
If I stop myself from sharing pictures of myself, will that change anything?
Emily believes that you can realize the harmful sides of the fashion world and still use your body to make money in this world. When asked if she “could do more,” she replied, “I don’t know. If I stopped sharing pictures of myself, would that change anything?”
Thanks to her modeling success, she can now also do other, more objective work for a large audience. You’ve already seen, and now you’ve heard too, is the idea. There is the book — Emily is proud not to have a picture of her on the cover — and now a podcast, with topics like feminism. It’s not about her looks either, after all, you can only hear her. “I want to enjoy the way I present myself,” Emily said. “Without feeling like a good or bad feminist.”
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