Emily Ratajkowski got candid about why she stayed silent for years!
The 30-year-old model and entrepreneur recently made headlines when she opened up about a sexual assault involving Robin Thicke. In an excerpt from her upcoming debut book My Body, Ratajkowski revealed that the 44-year-old singer groped her while on the set of the music video for Thicke’s 2013 hit “Blurred Lines.”
She Kept Silent For Years
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Recently, the Gone Girl actress opened up about why she didn’t initially come forward about the incident.
“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,” Ratajkowski told People at the CoinGeek Conference cocktail party this week.
According to her, she credited her decision on speaking out to her growth and change in perspective over the years.
“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,” she explained. “I hope people are able to read the essay and understand the nuance behind these kinds of situations.”
That Horrible Feeling
Despite her experience, Ratajkowski revealed that she initially enjoyed working on the music video, which featured an all-female crew, as shown on the excerpt from My Body, published by The Sunday Times. However, her feelings of excitement went down when she was alone on set with Thicke.
“Suddenly, out of nowhere, I felt the coolness and foreignness of a stranger’s hands cupping my bare breasts from behind,” Ratajkowski wrote. “I instinctively moved away, looking back at Robin Thicke.”
She also gave details on what happened after he groped her.
“He smiled a goofy grin and stumbled backward, his eyes concealed behind his sunglasses. 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?'” she continued.
Inspiring Other Women With Her Story
The model also told the outlet that she hoped that her story served as an example to all women who experienced similar situations.
“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,” Ratajkowski said.
The publication also noted that Ratajkowski is working to change the narrative. Additionally, as a mom to 6-month-old son Sylvester “Sly” Apollo, whom she shares with husband Sebastian Bear-McClar, she hopes to start by teaching her child about feminism.
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“I would like the way that we think about women and men to change and the power dynamics that are unspoken, to change,” Ratajkowski stated.
Ratajkowski’s collection of essays, My Body, will be launched on November 9 from Macmillan Publishers.
Thicke has still not responded to the allegations made by the model.