Emily Ratajkowski Doesn't Get Why 'People Are So Offended by Breasts'

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Emily Ratajkowski photographed at The Plaza Hotel on Sept. 9, 2016 in New York City.  

The star of the racy 'Blurred Lines' video speaks out on why boobs need to be celebrated.

Emily Ratajkowski thinks America has a problem with breasts.

Speaking to Allure for her August 2017 cover story, the actress and model who had her breakout feature in Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" video -- in which she strutted around naked -- says she's "bothered" that some find big breasts offensive. In fact, she thinks it reflects a larger problem with how we view women's bodies.

"It really bothers me that people are so offended by breasts,” Ratajkowski says. “That’s when I realized how f---ed our culture is. When we see breasts, we don’t think of beauty and femininity. We think of vulgar, over-sexualized images.” The 26-year-old later added, "Any expression that is empowered and is your own as a woman is feminist. If a woman decides to dress sexy, it doesn’t mean she’s not a feminist. [We] should be doing things for ourselves. If that is the woman’s choice, and it makes her feel good, then that’s great. Good for her.”

It's not the first time Ratajkowski, who recently signed on to star alongside Aaron Paul in the thriller Welcome Home, has spoken out about societal constraints on women's bodies. In her August cover story for Harper's Bazaar Australia, Ratajkowski addressed her now-viral topless selfie from last year with Kim Kardashian, complaining that she's been denied jobs because her "boobs are too big."

"There's this thing that happens to me: 'Oh, she's too sexy,'" she says. "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?"

Last February, the model also penned an essay on the subject for Lena Dunham's feminist newsletter Lenny Letter, where she reflected on growing up as a 12-year-old with D-cup breasts, writing: "'sexy' is a kind of beauty, a kind of self-expression, one that is to be celebrated, one that is wonderfully female." She's also called the naked unrated version of the "Blurred Lines" video that catapulted her to fame "the bane of my existence."

Read the full Allure interview here.