Warning: this episode contains dialogue of rape and sexual assault.
Emily Ratajkowski’s body was well-known earlier than she was. When she was solid as a dancer within the 2013 Blurred Strains video, her picture was shortly related to one of probably the most infamous and controversial songs of the last decade – and simply as shortly, her physique grew to become an object of hypersexualised media scrutiny.
She went into that video as a jobbing mannequin. She got here out of it tasked with making sense of what this peculiar model of fame would imply – and with making a reputation for herself. Since then, she has been vilified and idealised, develop into one of probably the most wanted model endorsements on this planet, amassed an Instagram following of greater than 28m, and established herself as an actor.
All through all of that, she has tried to come to phrases with how the world sees her. Now she has carved out a brand new identification: author. You may need already heard about her new e book, My Body, as a result of of the allegation that the singer Robin Thicke groped her on the set of the Blurred Strains video – however it’s about rather more than that: how she makes use of her body to make cash, how others have sought to use it for their very own ends, how it carries the burden of her teenage traumas, and how it’s carried her son.
On this interview with Hannah Moore, Ratajkowski talks in regards to the Thicke allegation, and how an try to type the world into “good” and “dangerous” males is certain to fail. She explains how troublesome the modelling trade made it to keep a wholesome relationship together with her body. And she examines her difficult, ambivalent relationship to the tradition that made her wealthy and well-known – insisting: “In fact younger women need to acquire energy from how they give the impression of being. It’s the best way of taking management over one thing that’s going to occur a method or one other.”
You may pay attention to a earlier episode prompted by Ratajkowski’s essay, ‘Buying Myself Back’, right here.
My Body by Emily Ratajkowski (Quercus) is out now. Order it at the Guardian bookshop.
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