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Thursday 18 October 2018

Emily Ratajkowski: 'I was a 12-year-old, but people looked at me as a 21-year-old'

Actress Emily Ratajkowski attends the Marc Jacobs Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week at Park Avenue Armory on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
Actress Emily Ratajkowski attends the Marc Jacobs Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week at Park Avenue Armory on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
Emily Ratajkowski says critics who see a conflict between her feminism and her sexual confidence are prejudiced
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Emily Ratajkowsk has reflected on being sexualised from a young age due to her early-developed body.

The model and actress (26) had D-cup breasts when she was just 12 years old and praises her mother for helping her come to terms with accepting her figure.

Emily Ratajkowski filming DKNY commercial on January 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
Emily Ratajkowski filming DKNY commercial on January 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)

"I was a 12 year old [with D-cup breasts] but people looked at me as a 21 year old," she told Harper's Bazaar Arabia.

"It was really difficult for me to understand and to come to terms with – that identity, people’s perception of me... It’s hard for a 12-year-old girl, who is basically feeling like,'Why don’t you just leave me alone’, because I don’t see men having to justify what they wear or how they express themselves."

"She [her mother] told me, 'wear whatever you want, do whatever you want, it doesn't matter, that’s just your body and that’s who you are so it’s not your issue.’ There was an acceptance there."

Emily often comes under criticism for showing off her body, both with semi-nude posts on Instagram and with the most daring outfits on the red carpet, but every time she comes out swinging and defends her right to wear whatever she likes.

"I think a lot of people really feel that the idea of a woman being sexual or being sexualized is the opposite of feminism," she added.

Last year, she said she said the criticism she faces is "anti-woman", because she's considered "too sexy" for certain roles and jobs.

Emily Ratajkowski shared this sultry photo on Instagram
Emily Ratajkowski shared this sultry photo on Instagram

“There's this thing that happens to me: 'Oh, she's too sexy.' It's like an anti-woman thing, people don't want to work with me because my boobs are too big’,” she said.

“What's wrong with boobs? They're a beautiful, feminine thing that needs to be celebrated. Like, who cares? They are great big, they are great small. Why should that be an issue?"

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