"The world has to include all ideals, all bodies," says Emily Ratajkowski

By Gabrielle Olya
Updated July 07, 2016 08:00 AM
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Credit: Mona Kuhn

Emily Ratajkowski isn’t afraid to show a little skin.

The actress, 25, stripped down for Harper’s Bazaar‘s August issue, on newsstands July 19.

“The world should not be exclusive of the ideal body,” she told famous feminist Naomi Wolf, who interviewed Ratajkowski for the magazine. “It has to include all ideals, all bodies.”

Ratajkowski – who has posted her fair share of nude photos on her social media accounts – came to the defense of Kim Kardashian‘s infamous nude selfie once again.

“The whole idea is that when Kim takes a nude selfie, she’s just seeking attention. That’s not the issue,” she said. “A woman can be seeking attention and also make a statement. They don’t need to be mutually exclusive.”

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The model noted that society reacts to different people’s bodies in different ways.

“When Lena Dunham takes her clothes off, she gets flack, but it’s also considered brave; when Justin Bieber takes off his shirt, he’s a grown up,” she said. “But when a woman who is sexual takes off her top, it plays into something.”

Ratajkowski also opened up about going through puberty at an early age, and how that affected how others reacted to her own body.

“My teachers, my boyfriends, my parents’ friends didn’t understand how complex it all was,” she said. “Because of third-wave feminism, I understood that there are all of these f——up ideals of beauty put on young women; that there was something to be scared about in the entertainment world.”

“But yet the people I knew in my everyday life, they [didn’t realize] their faux paus, their missteps,” she continued, “and since they knew me it was much harder because the comments felt personal.”