Emily Ratajkowski Reveals How Self-Conscious She Was As A Teen
The last thing you’d expect a world-famous supermodel to be is self-conscious. After all, if you were named Woman of the Year by Esquire magazine in 2013 and acted alongside heart-throb Zac Efron, you probably have nothing to be self-conscious about.
However, some of us were helplessly self-conscious when we were teenagers, especially when puberty hit and all we wanted to be was beautiful, loved and desired. Like the adult women you see on TV, right? More often than not, our 14-year-old selves felt extremely isolated from the shiny, glossy magazine models.
Supermodel Emily Ratajkowski wishes that the world had encouraged her 14-year-old self to be more than just her body. She wrote about this, self-consciousness, and more in a heartfelt Instagram post.
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I used to like showing people this photo of me at 14 to prove that my body is natural. Now I’m a little sad it exists at all. I was just a kid in this picture and I wish the world had encouraged my 14-year-old self to be more than just my body. All of that said, I do still feel like I’ve been empowered through my body and my sexuality via modeling and platforms like Instagram. Luckily I have discovered the parts of me that are so much more important than “sexiness”, but if you’re a 14-year-old girl reading this, don’t worry about any of that for now. Read lots of books and know that what you see on Instagram is just a very small fraction of complete and beautifully complex human beings.
“I used to like showing people this photo of me at 14 to prove that my body is natural. Now I’m a little sad it exists at all.”
Ratajkowski feels fortunate to have discovered parts of herself that are more important than just sexiness. She advises young girls to “read lots of books” and hopes they understand that what they see on Instagram is just a very small fraction of people.
Even as an adult and celebrity supermodel, Ratajkowski’s self-confidence has its share of dark moments.
“There are days when I don’t like how I look or I want to change certain things about myself. It’s important to remember that those times where we feel ‘stuck’ inside our body are going to come, but the next day you might feel amazing.”
The model wants women to understand their sexuality outside the patriarchal gaze.
“We’re sexual beings and that should be celebrated rather than attacked.”