Emily Ratajkowski Is Writing a Book of Essays
She says the new book will be "like a memoir, but with added political thinking."
"I have probably ten [essays]. But I’m trying to perfect them; that’s one of the main things I’ve been doing [in isolation]," she told the magazine, adding that writing has been "the one benefit of corona[virus] that’s been interesting."
"I had planned to take until mid-April to edit these essays," she told GQ. "I have 160 pages, all in draft. I have an agent and I’m going through his one sheet of notes. All I needed was no distractions and I promised myself I was going to tell everyone to just leave me to work and get them done. Now look."
The book, she says, will be nonfiction, and will delve into her own self-image.
"I’d say it’s like a memoir, but with added political thinking," she says. "I’m trying to use my experience as a model and someone who has capitalized on their image and also someone who has been maybe a victim of their image. It’s complicated. I am looking at all that through a feminist perspective and just trying to decipher some of the answers. I don’t have them all yet; maybe I never will."
Since the coronavirus pandemic hit, Ratajkowski has been self-isolating with husband Sebastian Bear-McClard.
Ratajkowski also shared her writing process, which is at least somewhat relatable to anyone who has ever tried to write.
"The best writing I do is as I’m falling asleep," she said. "I take notes on my phone and I will write down anecdotes on a topic. I’ll just write them as they come; a flow of consciousness. And then usually I will look at them the next morning and, hopefully, some of it will make sense. Then I do a lot of really bad writing, where I basically fill out each of those sentences I took down as notes and hate myself. I’ll be like, 'Oh, this is terrible! What are you doing with your life?' But I will get to a rough draft. The next day I go back and read through and realize some of it isn’t actually too bad. I’ll line edit, rebuild paragraphs and reorder the structure. It’s a constant beating; exhausting and totally unrewarding, but I love it. Now, with my book due, I feel a lot more pressure to write well than, say, if I was doing a blog or an assignment for class."
In addition to writing, Ratajkowski has been spending her time in quarantine reading; last month she shared some book recommendations on Instagram that included bell hooks's All About Love: New Visions.
During her GQ interview, Ratajkowski also hit back at the assumption "that a woman who looks a certain way or presents herself a certain way can’t talk about politics or read books."
"I remember in an interview I gave years ago, I had mentioned I liked reading and in the piece the journalist explained how he went home and his girlfriend said to him, 'Do you think she’s really read all those books?'" she said. "I mean, that’s sexist! Nowadays someone would call that out. It just goes to show how deep some of our ideas about women run. You know, I fall victim to those ideas too."