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Emily Ratajkowski Proudly Rocks Armpit Hair and Talks Feminism



Model / Actress Emily Ratajkowski is showing armpit hair in a new editorial and says it makes her feel sexy and its her choice.

“For me, body hair is another opportunity for women to exercise their ability to choose. Isn’t that what feminism is about—choice?,” the model shared with Harper’s Bazaar.

She also talks a lot about feminism. “There is no right answer, no choice that makes me more or less of a feminist, or even a ‘bad feminist,'” Ratajkowski notes, quoting author Roxane Gay. “Ultimately, the identity and sexuality of an individual is up to them and no one else.”

She then shared that social media has enlightened her on feminism. “Let’s state the obvious: I’m a cis white woman,” Ratajkowski says in the beginning of the essay. “I’m well aware of the privilege I receive as someone who is heteronormative, and I don’t pretend to act like my identity hasn’t made some things easier for me. That being said, I want to take this opportunity to speak up about what my experience as a woman has been.”

She also talks about that gender studies class she took at UCLA. “This class was my first introduction to a bunch of ideas I had never been exposed to: queer theory, the concept of sexuality as being on a sliding scale, and the important distinction between gender and sexuality,” Ratajkowski writes. “At the time I considered myself a staunch feminist and had signed up for the class assuming that I’d learn a lot about women’s lib, feminist rhetoric, and so on. I was shocked by how little I understood about gender, and it made me start to examine my own identity as a woman.”

But you know being sexy is her choice. “Sure, I’m positive that most of my early adventures investigating what it meant to be a girl were heavily influenced by misogynistic culture. Hell, I’m also positive that many of the ways I continue to be ‘sexy’ are heavily influenced by misogyny. But it feels good to me, and it’s my damn choice, right? Isn’t that what feminism is about—choice?”

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