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Emily Ratajkowski Spoke About Her Changing Attitudes Around Her Body And Choice Feminism

Emily Ratajkowski spoke about getting Botox and her changing attitudes toward her body in a new profile.

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The model and writer has been candid about using Botox in the past, saying on her podcast that she first used the injectable at age 27. "It's so normal. I mean, I was terrified. But I was also like, everybody looks fucking great. My best friends were getting Botox and I wanted to try it," she later told Refinery29. She further denied trying any other injectable or surgery, adding, "I have a particular face and look and don't like the idea of messing with it. But I like Botox."

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“I get Botox,” Emily said in a recent interview with Glamour when discussing the topic of aging. "But I like my face to move, though."

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"My face still moves, which I am quite proud of, but I’m not scared to use what’s out there," she continued.

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Since giving birth to her son almost three years ago, Emily noted that her relationship with her body has broadly changed. “It changed the surface-level relationship I had with my image and my body, where it was just this thing to be looked at and it was either doing a good job or a bad job in that regard," she said. "Now I see it as this amazing vessel that actually knows a lot more than me in some ways.”

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Part of this aligns with Emily's broader reevaluation and ultimate criticism of the idea of choice feminism. “In the past two years, how I feel is I just care a whole lot less what people think,” she said.

Choice feminism is essentially the idea that any choice a woman makes is inherently feminist. “I [now] don’t agree with choice feminism,” she said elsewhere. “When I was in my early twenties that’s something I talked about, but that’s also what I correct in the book. … God, I was saying that because I wanted to protect myself and believe something, because the alternative was too terrifying and too depressing.

Emily continued, "So, if I am in a certain type of mood where I want to post something or wear something that I could be judged for because it’s quote-unquote ‘desperate,’ I’m a little bit like, ‘Well, that’s where I’m at.’ I’ve learned to prioritize my own happiness, probably because of my son. I feel I have bigger fish to fry than caring about the politics of whether or not I’m appealing to the male gaze in a given moment."

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You can read the full interview here.