Like Ratajkowski, many other stars have made bold comments about nudity, sexuality, empowerment and feminism, so Billboard pulled together some of their strongest statements. Take a look at what they had to say below:
Despite Emma Watson’s gender-equality HeForShe campaign and ambassador title at the United Nations, her feminism was attacked following the release of her March 2017 Vanity Fair cover story. In the regal spread, one photo featured the Beauty and the Beast star partially exposing her breasts, which caused a social media debate questioning her feminism.
In an interview with BBC, Watson responded: “It just always reveals to me how many misconceptions and what a misunderstanding there is about what feminism is. Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality. I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it.”
Michael Jackson’s daughter and model Paris Jackson bares skin for shoots often because it’s her job, and she’s not too shy to say why she thinks it's important. On Instagram in May, she wrote an extensive message to her followers explaining just what her stance on nudity is and why it’s feminist to dress however one chooses, whether that means keeping their blouse buttoned up or showing some skin.
“It’s actually a beautiful thing and you don't have to make it sexual the way many Hollywood stars (and the media) do," Jackson wrote. "Not only is your body a temple and should be worshipped as so, but also part of feminism is being able to express yourself in your own way, whether it's being conservative and wearing lots of clothes or showing yourself."
Kim Kardashian is the selfie queen and known for her revealing pics on Instagram and in major magazine spreads. With one of the largest social media followings, Kim K is well aware of the power she has and utilizes that power to share what she believes is empowering.
If her photos weren't enough, to make her views more clear, in 2016 Kardashian wrote an honest letter to her fans on her website about what makes her feel good about herself. “I am empowered by my body," she wrote. "I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin. I am empowered by showing the world my flaws and not being afraid of what anyone is going to say about me. And I hope that through this platform I have been given, I can encourage the same empowerment for girls and women all over the world.”
During Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz and Dead Petz days, the pop star was known for her scandalous outfits and wild performances, but she only made these power moves because it was part of who she is and embodied her self-expression.
To accompany her nude 2015 Paper magazine shoot, the singer said, “I’m singing about empowerment while I’ve got my tits out, and it’s like, 'What the f---?' But that is empowering because the other night I was playing with Joan Jett in Dallas and I was in nipple pasties, like, 'F---, maybe I shouldn't go out. These people in Dallas are going to be really offended.' And then I thought, 'No, there are people that need to see it.' They need to see a woman standing next to another chick playing guitar, f---in’ singing a rock ’n’ roll song with their tits out.”
Amber Rose is one of the most unapologetic celebrity activists, and she devotes her platform to raising awareness to a number of sex-positive causes. She refuses to be silent and has long equated her feminist views with sexuality, making dynamic statements by just posting a picture because she knows how influential it is.
?At the 2014 MTV Music Video Awards, Beyoncé appeared in front of an emboldened sign that read “feminist” as she gave a “***flawless” performance. As Queen Bey danced suggestively in front of the sign, she proved in the most iconic way possible that feminism and sexuality do not have to be mutually exclusive concepts, but that one could be in control of her agency, and empowerment and sexuality can be one in the same.