Emily Ratajkowski has claimed she had a ‘sexualised childhood’ in her upcoming book, ‘My Body’.
The model, who recently alleged she was ‘groped’ by Robin Thicke when filming the 2013 ‘Blurred Lines’ music video, says she was ‘an expert in detecting male desire’ from a very early age because of her good looks.
According to the New York Post, she wrote: “I was a child, but somehow already an expert in detecting male desire, even if I didn’t completely understand what to make of it.”
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The 30-year-old claimed she was always made to feel ‘special,’ adding: “Beauty was a way for me to be special. When I was special, I felt my parents’ love for me the most.
“I tried to gauge where my parents thought I belonged in the world of beauties. It seemed important to them both, especially to my mother, that their daughter be perceived as beautiful.”
She then claimed she began to get attention from men at just 12 years old.
Reflecting on the time, she said: “It had never occurred to me that the women who gained their power from beauty were indebted to the men whose desire granted them that power in the first place.
“Those men were the ones in control, not the women the world fawned over.
“Facing the reality of the dynamics at play would have meant admitting how limited my power really was – how limited any woman’s power is when she survives and even succeeds in the world as a thing to be looked at.”
This isn’t the first time that the model has addressed being ‘sexualised’ from a young age.
Previously, Ratajkowski was interviewed by Harpers Bazaar Arabia and discussed the issue.
She recalled: “I was a 12-year-old [with D-cup breasts] but people looked at me as a 21-year-old.
“It was really difficult for me to understand and to come to terms with… that identity, people’s perception of me.
“It’s hard for a 12-year-old girl, who is basically feeling like ‘Why don’t you just leave me alone,’ because I don’t see men having to justify what they wear or how they express themselves.”
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