Emily Ratajkowski's 'My Body': Key Moments From Her New Book

Emily Ratajkowski's new book of essays My Body shares revealing insights into the model's life and career.

In the anthology, Ratajkowski tackles feminism, the male gaze, exploitation within the modelling industry and her complicity in the selling of her image and capitalism.

Celebrating it's release, she posted on Instagram: "I wrote this book to better understand the experiences that have impacted my beliefs and politics."

"Some of the most valuable, insightful and open conversations I've ever had have been with my close female friends. I tried to tap into the vulnerability I've known in those moments in these essays."

Her first essay, Buying Myself Back, was published in New York Magazine last year, taken from the book's proposal.

In it, she mused on the power dynamics between photographers and models, who really owns her image and alleged that photographer Jonathan Leder sexually assaulted her on a shoot, which Leder denies.

Dubbed by critics as one of the book's most powerful essays, it became the most read on the magazine's website in 2020.

Here are some of the other key revelations from her book.

Robin Thicke and Blurred Lines

Ratajkowski, 30, first shot to fame when she featured in Robin Thicke's now infamous music video Blurred Lines in 2013.

In the song Thicke sang "I know you want it / But you're a good girl," as a then 21-year-old Ratajkowski and other models featured semi-nude alongside the fully clothed male artists.

The song and video both proved controversial with many referring to both as a symbol of "rape culture."

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Emily Ratajkowski pictured in New York. She has recently released a collection of essays in the book "My Body." Gotham/Getty Images

Ratajkowski previously defended the video but has since revealed her more complicated feelings towards it in her book.

In an essay named after the song, she alleged that Thicke groped her on the set of the music video.

"Suddenly, out of nowhere, I felt the coolness and foreignness of a stranger's hands cupping my bare breasts from behind. I instinctively moved away, looking back at Robin Thicke," she wrote.

She added that Thicke responded with a "goofy grin," as she "felt the heat of humiliation."

She alleged that Thicke had been "a little drunk."

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Emily Ratajkowski pictured in New York. In her new book "My Body" she alleges that Robin Thicke groped her on the set of "Blurred Lines." MediaPunch/Getty Images

"I felt naked for the first time that day," she added, though it took her years to call it sexual harassment.

The video's director, Diane Martel previously told Newsweek: "Robin did something impulsive, he had been drinking which is not unusual on a music video set. He grabbed her breasts with two hands."

She added that Thicke "apologized sheepishly."

Robin Thicke has not responded to the claims.

The Male Gaze

Throughout the essay collection, Ratajkowski detailed her difficult relationship with her image as a model and how much control she has over it.

"On a good day, I'd call people sexist who condemned a woman for capitalising on her body; on a bad day, I'd hate myself and my body, and every decision I'd made in my life seemed like a glaring mistake," she wrote.

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Emily Ratajkowski, pictured in New York, wrote in a post about her new essay collection: "I wrote this book to better understand the experiences that have impacted my beliefs and politics." Raymond Hall/Getty Images

Having previously implied that she found engaging in sexualised photoshoots empowering, she explained her more nuanced feelings in one essay: "In my early twenties, it had never occurred to me that the women who gained their power from beauty were indebted to the men whose desire granted them that power in the first place.

"Those men were the ones in control, not the women the world fawned over."

In the essay, Men Like You, she acknowledged the power men have had in putting her where she is today: "I did get a lot of attention from well-known, powerful men. That was how I got opportunities to work, to make money and also build a career."

Elsewhere she wrote: "I so desperately craved men's validation that I accepted it even when it came wrapped in disrespect."

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Emily Ratajkowski attends WSJ Magazine 2021 Innovator Awards. Her new book "My Body" explores themes around capitalism, exploitation in the modelling industry and sexual assault. Theo Wargo/Getty Images