Emily Ratajkowski has spoken out about her struggles to be taken seriously as an actor due to her ‘sexy persona’.
She first rose to fame after starring in Robin Thicke’ and Pharrell Williams’s Blurred Lines video and has since appeared in countless ‘sexiest women’ lists.
However, in an interview with the Evening Standard, the 24-year-old complained that her status as a sex symbol means she isn’t taken seriously by Hollywood casting agents.
She told ES Magazine:
If you’re a sexy actress it’s hard to get serious roles. You get offered the same thing that they’ve seen you in.
What’s so dumb is that women are 50 per cent of the population and they want to see movies where they’re portrayed as three-dimensional characters.
Although Ratajkowski is far from the most disadvantaged actor out there, her point is a fair one – complex female characters remain a rarity in Hollywood with the majority of actresses still ‘packaged’ as sex symbols.
As well as her views on Hollywood, Ratajkowski has also been outspoken on the topic of female nudity and feminism in general, reports Konbini.
She told ES Magazine, she believes women should be allowed to do whatever they want with their bodies:
I think there is a stigma attached to the word [feminism], but to me it means talking about the way we look at women and how we judge women differently than how we judge men.
Ratajkowski is also, now famously, pro-nudity – a point highlighted by her recent topless selfie with Kim Kardashian that she posted on Instagram.
The pair posted the photo in response to the backlash to Kim’s infamous nude mirror selfie which Ratajkowski captioned:
We are more than just our bodies, but that doesn’t mean we have to be shamed for them or our sexuality.
A photo posted by Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) on
Ratajkowski undoubtedly makes some very good points about both female nudity and feminism.
But stunts like the nude selfie – especially as it involved Kim Kardashian – are all too easily viewed as attention seeking self promotion although in fairness, they certainly encourage debate around an important topic.