Emily Ratajkowski recently published a book about her life and growth, titled My Body.
The model opened up about struggles and one incident that took place back in 2013 when she filmed BlurredLines video.
The song by Robin Thicke and Pharrell was an instant hit, partly thanks to sexy models parading in front of the singer, wearing pretty much nothing.
In the leaked excerpt, Emily described Thicke as "cupping her breasts" without consent. So, why didn't she call him out sooner, many people wonder?
Ratajkowski Sets The Record Straight
The model turned actress and designer explained to People what made her stay quiet for years:
"I was an unknown model, and if I had spoken out or complained, I would not be where I am today; I would not be famous."
Speaking about the book, the mother of one stated:
"I wrote a book about the evolution of my politics and that includes a lot of different experiences from my career and my life and the way that I felt and thought about those experiences have evolved."
"I hope people are able to read the essay and understand the nuance behind these kinds of situations."
The Incident On The Set
The excerpt published in Sunday Times wrote:
"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. He smiled a goofy grin and stumbled backward, his eyes concealed behind his sunglasses."
Emily recalled being saved by the video's director.
"My head turned to the darkness beyond the set."
"[The director, Diane Martel's] voice cracked as she yelled out to me, 'Are you okay?'"
"I pushed my chin forward and shrugged, avoiding eye contact, feeling the heat of humiliation pump through my body. I didn't react - not really, not like I should have."
As if the song was not problematic enough, this alleged incident truly puts things into perspective.
Emily's Powerful Message To All Women
Emily, 30, is waiting for Thicke to respond to the allegations. As for the book's title, as a sex symbol, Ratajkowski wrote:
"I think all women, we all play the game, capitalizing off of your image, commodifying their body, that's the world that we live in, and I would never tell a woman that she shouldn't."
"But I also would hope that they understand that that's sort of a double-edged sword."
"I would like the way that we think about women and men to change and the power dynamics that are unspoken to change."
Will you be reading My Body? Did Emily do the right thing by waiting for her star power to be strong enough, or do you think she should have spoken up sooner?