Emily Ratajkowski graces the cover of Glamour and opens up about double standards and sexism in a powerful essay. The actress and model defends her right as a woman to be sexy and to be taken seriously.

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The 25-year-old rose to fame, as the model in Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ who, in the uncensored and You-Tube-banned version, was completely bereft of clothing. While she has since gone in to costar in such movies as ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Entourage,’ nonetheless, that’s quite a debut to go from obscurity to being in the nexus of the cultural wars as that video from 2013 sparked the usual firestorm and outraged and heated discussion on exploitation of woman and so forth and so on and so on.

in a refreshing essay for Glamour she makes no apologies for flaunting — some would say — her sexuality. She is a beautiful woman with a stunning physique and has no plans on hiding it.

She speaks about criticism she’s received about being outspoken in her political views and accusations that she is an “attention whore” and says that “as women we are accused of seeking attention more than men are, whether for speaking out politically, as I did, for dressing a certain way, or for even posting a selfie.”

She continues, adding, “Our culture has a double standard that runs so deep, many women have actually built up an automatic defense—attempting to be a step ahead of potential critics by making sure we have “real” reasons for anything we say or do.

She takes women to task, too, for not supporting and affirming each other and says, “Think about how many times you’ve heard a woman say about another woman, “Oh, she’s just doing that for attention.” We’ve internalized this trope.”

Continuing, she says, “Our society tells women we can’t be, say, sexy and confident and opinionated about politics. This would allow us too much power. Instead our society asks us to declare and defend our motivations, which makes us second-guess them, all while men do what they please without question.”

It’s not the first time she’s spoke out, and, no doubt, it would be the last. Last year, well before the current political campaign and her visible participation that sparked some of the pseudo-controversy, she said of her burgeoning career, “I’m not looking to play the pretty-girl type that you would expect from a model turned actress. I want to surprise people. Maybe play the weird girl. It takes fighting for, which I’m prepared to do.”

And as time goes on, it’s clear she’s up for the fight. You can see the full essay in Glamour UK here. It’s well worth reading, as she speaks with eloquence, clarity and doesn’t back down from what some will see as a “controversial” stance.

And be sure to check out Emily Ratajkowsk’s Glamour cover photo and some of her recent Instagram pics below!

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