Discrimination is, rightfully so, a hot button topic in the media. Often people are discriminated for their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, way of dressing, attractiveness or lack thereof, among a plethora of other things. There are different ways that one may suffer this bias based on superficial attributes. Tragically, an individual may be more likely to be gunned down by law enforcement due to their race such as Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Dontre Hamilton, Ezell Ford, John Crawford III, Dante Parker, Akai Gurley, Tanisha Anderson, Tamir Rice, Jerame Reid, Rumain Brisbon, Phillip White, and Freddie Gray to name not even a small sliver of the population of African American individuals who have been unarmed, and unjustly murdered by law enforcement. How many more innocent African American men and women’s lives will be stolen from them before every race will wake up and realize that these murders are hate crimes, and that black lives matter? An individual who is overweight is more apt to be paid less than an individual who is systemically smaller. Women make on average $0.78 to a man’s dollar.
Model, and actress, Emily Ratajkowski believes that she has been discriminated against due to the size of her breasts. She stated, “There’s this thing that happens to me: ‘Oh, she’s too sexy.’ It’s like an anti-woman thing, that people don’t want to work with me because my boobs are too big. 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?”
This was said in regards to her modeling career which is suffering due to the size of her chest. Historically, this is very true as the fashion industry, only now beginning to slowly crack after an enormous amount of social pressure to celebrate a variety of body types, has only provided images of individuals with a body type that is naturally possessed by 5% or less of the population.
Emily Ratajkowski, who previously modeled for Sports Illustrated, Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton, has more recently taken to acting and has been featured in movies such as Cruise, In Darkness, Gone Girl, and an episode of the Netflix comedy Easy.
She has received criticism in the past for posting, and posing for, photos that society has been conditioned to view as racy. Some individuals have difficulty understanding how she can consider herself a feminist, and open herself up to the potential of objectification. If a woman feels empowered, consensually poses for these photographs, or benefits from the consensual viewing of the aforementioned photos very simply put, she is still a feminist, and quit judging her for her decision to do as she pleases with her body.
Emily Ratajkowski boasts about her healthy, happy relationship with musician Jeff Magid stating, “My boyfriend is super confident and was raised by his mum, so he also genuinely loves and admires women. Not just ‘Oh yeah, women are cool.’ He deeply loves and respects women, so he loves what I’m all about.” We can all be happy for Emily knowing that she has a partner who is supportive as it makes the strenuous job of modeling, and acting a bit easier.
We all need to wish Emily Ratajkowski continued success, and hope that she is no longer discriminated against. Additionally, we need to continue educating ignorant individuals about discrimination within our society, including the fashion industry, and promoting body positivity, an accurate understanding of feminism, and having a higher standard of not shaming individuals for their personal decisions that in no way effect your life. Good luck Emily!