Emily Ratajkowski Grew Out Her Underarm Hair For a Photoshoot

"If I decide to shave my armpits or grow them out, that’s up to me"

Emily Ratajkowsi just totally normalised women's body hair in her latest shoot for Harper's Bazaar's US, where she opened up about her personal experience with feminism, sexuality and self-expression.

The 28-year-old who is often criticised for her naked Instagram posts, wrote a candid essay for the September issue on what it means to be 'hyper feminine'.

The actress explained that a gender studies class she attended at university broadened her mind, but she was later offended when a friend described her as incredibly feminine.

However, she came to realise that it was actually other people's attitudes to her femininity that made her feel uncomfortable.

"Sure, I’m positive that most of my early adventures investigating what it meant to be a girl were heavily influenced by misogynistic culture. 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?"

Noting how the world tends to shame women who dress, or act sexually, Emily defended her to choice to wear and post whatever the hell she wants, and we couldn't agree with her anymore if we tried.


"As a culture we are scared of women generally, but also, more specifically, of the innate power that female sexuality possesses. A woman becomes too powerful and thus threatening when she takes strength from embracing her sex. Therefore we insist on shaming; we insist that a woman loses something when she flaunts or embraces her sexuality."

"Personally, I have found the opposite to be true. I feel powerful when I’m feeling myself, and sometimes feeling myself means wearing a miniskirt."


Not only is Emily empowering all women to be their true selves, but she is also following in the footsteps of Miley Cyrus and Emma Watson by encouraging us to embrace our body hair. Showcasing her unshaven underarms in the accompanying photo shoot.

"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."

All the clapping hand emjois to @Emrata for inspiring us to