Supermodel and actress Emily Ratajkowski stopped grooming her armpits ahead of a new photoshoot accompanying an essay on feminism and women’s empowerment.
The 28-year-old has penned an article on body hair for the September issue (2019) of Harper’s Bazaar – and the hammer home her message she displayed her own armpit bush.
“If I decide to shave my armpits or grow them out, that’s up to me,” she writes. “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.”
The Gone Girl star goes on to explain how deciding not to shave allows her to feel more in control of her body.
“On any given day, I tend to like to shave, but sometimes letting my body hair grow out is what makes me feel sexy,” she adds. “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 and professor) 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.”
Emily is also determined to embrace female sexuality, which she displays in her controversial and often risque Instagram posts, because she feels it is often suppressed culturally.
“As a culture, we are scared of women generally, but also, more specifically, of the innate power that female sexuality possesses,” she continues. “A woman becomes too powerful and thus threatening when she takes strength from embracing her sex. Therefore, we insist on shaming; we insist that a woman loses something when she flaunts or embraces her sexuality.”