Emily Ratajkowski is the proud owner of one of Instagram's hottest accounts, but she's not trying to prove anything with those body-positive bikini shots—other than the need to love yourself first. The actress, model, and social media starlet wants you to be emboldened by your sexuality, not ashamed of it or shamed for it, and she is personally spearheading the movement.
"Where can girls look to see women who find empowerment in deciding when or how to be or feel sexual? Even if being sexualized by society's gaze is demeaning, there must be a space where women can still be sexual when they choose to be," she wrote in a Lenny Letter early last year.
"I refuse to live in this world of shame and silent apologies," she continued. "I struggle to find the space between as an artist, as a model, and simply as a woman—a space where I can have ownership and enjoyment of my gender. Honoring our sexuality as women is a messy, messy business, but if we don't try, what do we become?"
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Preach, Em. Keep scrolling for seven more times the actress spoke your new life motto.