Supermodel and actress, Emily Ratajkowski, has never shied away from making a statement. Aside from her glowing modeling and acting career, she is also a huge champion for feminism and hasn't ever been afraid to make this side of her known (remember when she completely obliterated Piers Morgan?).
While she's usually appearing in glossy print with polished looks and pristine, well, clean-shaven skin, the model has now taken a refreshing approach to the beauty ideals that typically come with fronting a high-profile magazine.
The star has penned an essay for Harpers Bazaar's September issue in which she opens up about her identity and feminism, and, true to the theme of the piece - appeared on the cover donning armpit hair.
Keep scrolling to find out what made her take the plunge, hair-and-all, and why some people have noticed something strange about the shot.
Emily Ratajkowski is a world-famous supermodel and actress.
via: GettyThe twenty-eight-year-old has a pretty impressive resume, posing for the likes of Allure, Vogue, Marie Claire, and LOVE, to name a few.
Although you may remember her from this famous music video.Yep, she starred in the 2013 music video for Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." The gig bagged the model her big break and cemented her as the latest sex symbol of the celeb-o-sphere.
And any iCarly fans out there will probably recognize her, too.
via: TwitterNow, this is some serious nostalgia. The model has had a successful stab at acting, landing a recurring role as Gibby's girlfriend in Nickelodeon's iCarly.
She may have only been in 2 episodes, but the internet went into meltdown when the realization hit.
emily ratajkowski was gibby’s girlfriend in icarly n idk how to process it https://t.co/PzY6SVyfMT— nicholi (@nicholi)1557406997.0
If that doesn't ring a bell, she was also in the 2014 movie, Gone Girl.
via: imdbRemember Ben Affleck's mistress in the thriller? Well, that was Ratajkowski too.
But, in recent years, she's really put her all into modeling.
Although it hasn't been an easy ride.
via: GettyIn 2017, the star said she struggled to get breaking into the industry because her body didn't fit the typical mould of a model. What? Ratajkowski admitted that her body was deemed too "sexy" to work with, due to the size of her boobs. "There’s this thing that happens to me: ‘Oh, she’s too sexy.’ It’s like an anti-woman thing, people don’t want to work with me because my boobs are too big."
However, now, she's pretty much living her best life.
But, aside from being a model and an actress, Ratajkowski is also a self-proclaimed feminist.
She has a very strong stance on the subject.
It's 2016. Why keep trying to dictate what women can wear?— Emily Ratajkowski (@Emily Ratajkowski)1473718646.0
She's even been arrested for speaking out for what she believes in.Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, a man who was accused of sexually assaulting university professor, Christine Blasey, in 1982. “I demand a government that acknowledges, respects and supports women as much as it does men," the model wrote on her Instagram.
But the star came under fire for what she wore to the protest.
via: GettyRidiculously, instead of focusing on the important reason for the protest, people decided to focus on what the model was wearing, instead. Critics began trolling her for not wearing a bra to the protest, arguing that going braless, wearing a tank top, took away from her political motivations.
Which brings us back to the original point that Ratajkowski made.
"If you can't take a woman seriously because you've seen her body, that's on you"— Emily Ratajkowski (@Emily Ratajkowski)1488541222.0
She's also a huge advocate for the #MeToo movement.Twitter to express how "tired" she is of having to worry about what men will think if she wears a short skirt. “I’m tired of having to consider how I might be perceived by men if I wear the short skirt or post a sexy Instagram. I want to do what I want to do. Feminism isn’t about adjusting, it’s about freedom and choice."
And for women's right to choose if they want an abortion.posed nude as a stand against the controversial Alabama abortion law. Her message was simple, "My body, my choice."
But there's one critic who has never understood the star's "feminism."
My only issue is Ms Ratajowski's claim that her stripping's in the name of feminism. It's in the name of money. https://t.co/UrwzsqUoNJ— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1467908193.0
But the model always claps back in the best way.
Lol never said my love video was a feminist statement. But now it’s worth saying that telling women what to do with… https://t.co/imw7g1F8Y8— Emily Ratajkowski (@Emily Ratajkowski)1512614851.0
Despite the critics, the star is continuing to champion feminism, something her latest move is proving.
Oh, and she also sported her natural armpit hair on the cover shot.wrote.
She started off her candid essay by acknowledging her privilege.
via: Getty"Before I go any further, let’s state the obvious: I’m a cis white woman. I’m well aware of the privilege I receive as someone who is heteronormative, and I don’t pretend to act like my identity hasn’t made some things easier for me." Despite recognizing her privilege (which is obviously important), the model wrote that she still wanted to speak out about her experience as a woman.
Recounting an experience with a friend, she writes that she was left feeling "self-conscious" by being labeled as "hyper femme."
Although she later realized that, occasionally, being "hyper-feminine" made her feel powerful.
The star probably expected some backlash from the shot, but some people are going as far as to say it's fake.
EYE. ROLL. I’m sorry, but you expect me to believe Emily Ratajkowski walks around with unshaved armpits? Sis makes… https://t.co/rqN8vKzwlG— KOB (@KOB)1565278390.0
But, of course, people did praise the star for the feminist statement.People thought that the star's message was powerful and many people are slamming the star because they are "scared" of a powerful woman who embraces her sexuality.
We're sure that this isn't the last that we'll hear from the model when it comes to feminism.
via: GettyAnd we'll definitely await Piers Morgan's inevitable tweet about her latest move. Speaking of Morgan, the pair have had quite the feud of the last few years; the journalist regularly calls out Ratajkowski, which has seen him label her a "global bimbo" amongst other things. Keep scrolling to find out how the model reacted because it's pretty epic...