Everyone who isn't Emily Ratajkowski might assume that her particular combination of wit, brains and unearthly beauty equal an ideal existence.
In a recent interview Ratajkowski—a.k.a. EmRata on Instagram—sought to pour some cold water on the idea that her extraordinary good looks have made things easier for her. Even one of the sexiest women imaginable has encountered social and emotional challenges related to her looks.
Speaking to the UK's Evening Standard, Ratajkowski said she hit puberty around age 12. Right away, she told the magazine, she "started to realize that I was being perceived differently. It was confusing."
"Basically," she continued, "it was more about the way that people had a problem with a girl looking like a woman because it confused them, it made them feel uncomfortable and I think there was a lot of guilt that they wanted to induce."
Ratajkowski told ES that things didn't improve in high school, either:
Later, in the high school in San Diego where her father taught, there was a group of "older mean girls who would say, 'Here comes the daughter of the painting teacher… and she models.' I guess it was jealousy," she says, tossing back a stray lock of hair with a flick of her elegant fingers. "It was like 'you should be a part of this group of popular girls,' and I didn’t want to be. They had sex and boyfriends and I was 14 and barely knew anything."
Ratajkowski goes on to affirm her staunch feminism, and says that taking naked photos in no way detracts from that. "All I can say," she told ES, "is that when a woman is naked, that’s not immediately anti-feminist. I have no apologies for it, and I’m not ashamed at all."
We're down with Emrata's powerful ownership of both her beauty and her right to show whatever she wants to the world. We look forward to her scorching web pages and fashion shoots as well as her forthright and independent approach to life for as long as she's willing to keep taking us along for the ride.
h/t Evening Standard