Emily Ratajkowski Shows Off Her Armpit Hair: ‘It Feels Good To Me’

Emily Ratajkowski is making a bold new statement in the name of body positivity.

The 28-year-old model-actress has penned a new editorial for Harper’s Bazaar, showing off her armpit hair and exploring her own femininity.

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Early in the essay, Ratajkowski acknowledges her privilege in discussing issues of feminism.

“Before I go any further, let’s state the obvious: I’m a cis white woman. I’m well aware of the privilege I receive as someone who is heteronormative, and I don’t pretend to act like my identity hasn’t made some things easier for me.”

She also discusses her love of being feminine.

“It started young—I remember being 13, maybe even 12, and having a distinct desire to try on lacy bras and thick gooey lip gloss. It felt fun and exciting,” she says. “Sure, I’m positive that most of my early adventures investigating what it meant to be a girl were heavily influenced by misogynistic culture.”

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Ratajkowski adds, “Hell, I’m also positive that many of the ways I continue to be ‘sexy’ are heavily influenced by misogyny. But it feels good to me, and it’s my damn choice, right? Isn’t that what feminism is about—choice?”

On her body hair, she says, “If I decide to shave my armpits or grow them out, that’s up to me. For me, body hair is another opportunity for women to exercise their ability to choose—a choice based on how they want to feel and their associations with having or not having body hair.

“On any given day, I tend to like to shave, but sometimes letting my body hair grow out is what makes me feel sexy.”

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