Go Ahead and Call Emily Ratajkowski an Attention Whore—She's Used to It by Now

Emily Ratajkowski Used to Being Called an Attention Whore

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In a candid new essay about sexism, "Blurred Lines," and her at-first-accidental support of Bernie Sanders (opens in new tab), Emily Ratajkowski reveals that she's gotten so accustomed to a malicious, woman-specific sort of criticism that it barely registers anymore—barely.

"I realized then that I've been called an attention whore so often that I had almost gotten used to it," she wrote in Glamour's October issue (opens in new tab). "And as women we are accused of seeking attention more than men are, whether for speaking out politically, as I did, for dressing a certain way, or for even posting a selfie. Our culture has a double standard that runs so deep, many women have actually built up an automatic defense—attempting to be a step ahead of potential critics by making sure we have 'real' reasons for anything we say or do."

If you'll recall, there's perhaps no better (worse) example of this than when Ratajkowski leapt to Kim Kardashian's defense (opens in new tab) after she posted a nude selfie, later appearing in a defiant "f*ck-off" double selfie alongside the reality star (opens in new tab). At the same time, this could be read as a personal note to Piers Morgan, one of Ratajkowski's biggest detractors/trolls (opens in new tab). But then again, you would need him to have at least some self-awareness for that to work.

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Chelsea Peng
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Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at MarieClaire.com. She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.