In case you haven’t noticed, Emily Ratajkowski is a very sexy woman. So sexy in fact, that her sexy sex appeal and sexy boobs have kept her sexy self from having the sexy career she deserves. Now Emily is taking a stand for sexy women everywhere with a message that it’s OK to be sexy. No longer will sexy women be forced to subvert their sexy impulses in the name of decency or feminism. Even if those sexy impulses include occasionally NOT shaving your armpits. Emily wrote a sexy essay for Harper’s Bazaar, and because she took a gender studies class when she was a freshman at UCLA, which she “became obsessed with”, she knows it was OK for her to not wear a bra under her white tank top when she was protesting the Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the supreme court. Just as she also knows that her armpit hair is for her, and her alone, to groom or not groom as she pleases.
Along with Emily’s essay titled Emily Ratajkowski Explores What It Means to Be Hyper Feminine is a photo of her demurely pelted pits. Harper’s says “In a candid essay, the model makes the case for why every woman deserves to be treated with dignity and respect—regardless of how they choose to present themselves to the world” but that’s not really what I read. What I read sounded more like a B-/C+ freshman gender studies essay. Referring back to the some negative feedback she apparently got about her nipples showing at that Kavanaugh protest, Emily said:
If I had chosen not to wear that tank without a bra, that would have been okay too. If I decide to shave my armpits or grow them out, that’s up to me. 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 Roxane Gay. 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.
This is what she said about being sexy:
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?
And here’s Emily being sexy with an armpit full of fur:
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“Give women the opportunity to be whatever they want and as multifaceted as they can be.” I wrote an essay for @harpersbazaarus about the importance of women’s right to choose (how she dresses, what she posts, if she decides to shave or not) no matter what influences have shaped the way she presents herself. Do your thing ladies, whatever it might be. Link in bio.
Has Emily actually read Roxane Gay? Perhaps, perhaps. Has she thought deeply on the subject of the presentation of the female body hair through a historical, cultural, multi-ethnic, lens? It’s possible. Has she ever had an ingrown armpit hair that got infected requiring a hot compress and a good squeeze? If so, she’s never going to talk about it or show us. It’s just not sexy!