Emily Ratajkowski has spent much of her professional life as a model, appearing in magazines like treats! and Sports Illustrated, as well as participating in numerous fashion shows. However, following her appearance in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” music video back in 2013, Ratajkowski has been acting in more projects, including the upcoming Cruise. But it hasn’t always been easy for Ratajkowski to obtain acting jobs, and she believes that one of the reasons she hasn’t been cast in certain roles is because her boobs were considered to be too big. In Ratajkowski’s words:
There’s this thing that happens to me: ‘Oh, she’s too sexy’. It’s like an anti-woman thing, that people don’t want to work with me because my boobs are too big. What’s wrong with boobs? They’re a beautiful feminine thing that needs to be celebrated. Like, who cares? They are great big, they are great small. Why should that be an issue?
While addressing the backlash she’s faced over her career, including her topless selfie with Kim Kardashian, Emily Ratajkowski told Harper’s Baazar that she’s been turned down from acting jobs purely because of the size of her breasts. It’s certainly possible that there were other factors that played into why she didn’t obtain these roles beyond her physicality, be it skill or just not being the right person for the project. Nevertheless, the mere idea that breast size would be the sole determining factor on whether or not someone scored an acting role is enough to make one’s head shake. Even with the progress actresses have made towards equality in the 21st century, there’s still a lot of room for improvement, from placing less judgement on appearance to more often earning the same appropriate pay that male actors receive.
Despite her troubles getting acting jobs in the past, Emily Ratajkowski has done well for herself since her fame soared to new heights. Her notable roles in recent years have included playing Andie Fitzgerald in Gone Girl, Sophie in We Are Your Friends and Allison Lizowska in an episode of the Netflix series Easy, as well as cameoing as herself in the Entourage movie. Years before she appeared in the “Blurred Lines” music video, she also recurred as Tasha in the Nickelodeon series iCarly. Ratajkowski has also used her popularity as a platform to promote her brand of feminism on numerous occasions (including penning an essay in Glamour), which primarily revolves around women’s bodies and sexual empowerment.
You can see Emily Ratajkowski back on the big screen when Cruise is released sometime later this year, and her other upcoming projects include In Darkness and Welcome Home. In the meantime, be sure to check out our 2017 movie guide to see what is being screened in theaters for the remainder of the year.