This is my first attempt so be nice.
Actress and model Emily Ratajkowski has shown off a fresh patch of armpit hair in a bid to promote her message of female empowerment and women “exercising their ability to choose.”
In an essay for the September edition of Harper’s Bazaar, the Gone Girl actress showcases a patch of armpit hair while wearing a black lace bra.
“If I decide to shave my armpits or grow them out, that’s up to me,” Ratajkowski contended. “For me, body hair is another opportunity for women to exercise their ability to choose—a choice based on how they want to feel and their associations with having or not having body hair. On any given day, I tend to like to shave, but sometimes letting my body hair grow out is what makes me feel sexy.”
“And there is no right answer, no choice that makes me more or less of a feminist, or even a ‘bad feminist,’ to borrow from [writer] Roxane Gay,” Emily Ratajkowski continued. “As long as the decision is my choice, then it’s the right choice. Ultimately, the identity and sexuality of an individual is up to them and no one else.”
Despite building a career out of her willingness to disrobe and share risqueé photos, Ratajkowski also argued that young women were being “ripped apart” for failing to meet conventional beauty standards.
“Young women are ripped apart from every angle as they grow up. In the era of selfies and social media, they are prone to immediate feedback and criticism,” she explained. “More than ever, they are doubting and questioning everything about their identities.”
While admitting that she’s “positive that many of the ways I continue to be ‘sexy’ are heavily influenced by misogyny,” the model says “it feels good to me, and it’s my damn choice, right? Isn’t that what feminism is about—choice?”
And Emily Ratajkowski often choses to display her version of female empowerment in the form of high-end and sexualized photoshoots.
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