So, the question still stands: can you support feminism and sexualize yourself?
When Kim Kardashian posted possibly the most controversial selfie on March 7th, it opened the floodgates of some deep feminist discussion. She posted a nude selfie with her most private areas hidden with small black boxes and the world started to talk about the selfie, slut-shaming and feminism. Oh, who ever knew that a selfie would start so much conversation? (Kim K, of course.)
There are different sides to the argument. Some women think that sexualizing yourself is giving in to the male gaze and not really what feminism is all about. They point out that cashing in on your looks is not a great example for young women. The other camp argues that if you put out a risqué photo of yourself, you are in control of yourself as a sexual figure and that is really actually empowering.
Basically, who the hell knows who is right in this argument? It is cool to point out that, while Kim Kardashian may not be the world’s greatest activist for feminism, many famous women who have proclaimed themselves to be feminists have also taken it all off.
The women on this list are extremely varied. Some are actresses with commercial success and others are Academy Award winning actresses. Others are comediennes, supermodels, and world famous singers. The two things that these women have in common are that they are feminists and they have appeared nude (or mostly nude).
We can all still debate if taking it all off is degrading or empowering but these fourteen women have made their choice: they can be empowered feminists and nude if they really want to.
14 Kristen Stewart
While some women in Hollywood shy away from using the F-word, Kristen Stewart stands on the other side of the spectrum. She has spoken out about being a feminist herself and has gone as far to say that “it’s a really ridiculous thing to say you’re not a feminist.” Alright, K Stew!
The 26-year-old actress gained world-wide fame by starring in the Twilight series. Though she was associated with a YA series, this didn’t stop the actress from taking it all off. In the 2012 film On the Road, Stewart bared all in a sex scene that shockingly didn't involve a single vampire.
13 Claire Danes
Claire Danes has been around the Hollywood block. The 36-year-old actress got her start on the show My So-Called Life. For this role, she was nominated for a Golden Globe. Since then, she has starred in films such as Romeo + Juliet and The Hours as well as the hit show Homeland. On top of this, Danes is no dumby. She spent some time at Yale before returning to acting.
In an interview with Glamour, she had stated that she is a feminist. She went on to state that it’s “f***ing crazy” that things in Hollywood aren’t equal. Preach, Danes!
Her feminism doesn’t mean she’s prudish. Dane took it all off in the films Stage Beauty and Shopgirl.
12 Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy Teigen proves that even Sports Illustrated supermodels can be feminists too, because duh. Women who are super hot like Teigen and pose for such magazines can be feminists too. Feminists come in all shapes and sizes.
Teigen generally doesn’t use the F-word but has spoken out about how people have “sorely messed up the definition of feminism” and went on to state that feminism is all about doing whatever you want. As far as we’re concerned, Teigen can continue doing whatever she wants, whether it’s posing in a swimsuit (or if you do some Googling, you'll see even less), Instagramming her dinner or throwing down with Donald Trump on Twitter.
11 Amy Schumer
Like Stewart, Schumer has spoken out that it’s crazy to be against feminism. I mean, considering that it’s just equality for women, it is kind of crazy to be against that. Schumer’s stand up comedy and skits have brought women’s issues to the forefront but have done so while being hilarious and keeping women and men alike interested. In Inside Amy Schumer, she’s touched on how women apologize too much and the double standard of women no longer being attractive when they age. Schumer has yet to do any full-on nudity on camera but she posed for the 2016 Pirelli Calendar in just underwear and heels, flaws and all.
10 Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway has never straight up said she’s a feminist, despite having said many, many feminist quotes via interviews. Since Lena Dunham said, “Anne Hathaway is a feminist and she has amazing teeth,” we’re going to add ol’ Annie to the list. Plus, we agree. Anne Hathaway is a feminist and she totally does have amazing teeth.
The Oscar-winner has appeared nude in several films. She was naked in like 90% of Love and Other Drugs. She also appeared nude in Rachel Getting Married, Brokeback Mountain and Havoc. She might have starred in The Devil Wears Prada but Hathaway looks pretty good wearing absolutely nothing.
9 Isla Fisher
The redhead beauty Isla Fisher has stated in the past that she does consider herself a feminist. Hell yeah, Isla Fisher. Way to not be afraid to drop that F-bomb. While she wasn’t afraid to drop the feminist label, she has been afraid to drop her clothes on screen. Fisher has posed in her underwear quite a few times but has yet to do full-on nudity. In the infamous Wedding Crashers scene, in which she ties up Vince Vaughn’s character and dangled her breasts in front of his face, a body double was used. So, she may have not been nude but she was down with the body double and the illusion of her nudity.
8 Jenny Slate
When Jenny Slate was asked if she is a feminist, she didn’t just say that she was but rather answered, “Am I a feminist? F*** yeah, I’m a feminist.” She went on to explain that she thinks people are threatened by the term feminist and tend to associate it with the aggressive, bra-burning stereotype but that’s not feminism. One would think Slate is a feminist considering the fact that she’s known for the 2014 film Obvious Child, a romantic comedy about a woman who has an abortion. She’s appeared nude from the behind in both House of Lies and Married. She also did frontal nudity on Chappelle’s Show but had bandages over her nipples.
Is Queen B a feminist? I mean, during one fateful MTV Video Music Awards she danced in front of a huge ass feminist sign so yeah, I’d say Beyoncé is a feminist. Her being a feminist has not stopped her from being one of the sexiest women in the entire world. She’s posed in bikinis and danced around in outfits that were hardly there. While the internet is full of nude photos of “Beyoncé”, they aren’t as authentic as some men probably wish they were. However, Beyoncé has shown off her body to maximum without going 100% nude. The heavens basically opened during the 2015 Met Gala when Beyoncé showed up in her “naked dress” (seen in the photo above). What’s better than Beyoncé being actually naked? Beyoncé being basically naked and covered in gem stones.
6 Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep, arguably the greatest living actress, delicately side-stepped the whole feminist label. When she was asked if she is a feminist, she simply said that she’s “a humanist.” We get it, Meryl. The whole feminist label can scare people but, in saying that she’s a humanist and for the equal treatment of men and women, isn’t she kind of still saying that she’s a feminist? Yes, she is. Plus, there’s the way she clapped during Patricia Arquette’s Oscar speech, which was oh-so-feminist.
In the 1983 film, Silkwood, Streep had a scene in which she bared her breasts. Streep was nominated for an Oscar for her role.
5 Lena Dunham
If you know who Lena Dunham is you probably know she’s been nude. On Girls, her HBO series, she’s been more or less the most nude she could have possibly been, from showing her breasts to showing her vagina. Like, literally you cannot watch one episode without seeing some Lena Dunham skin.
She’s possibly one of the most outspoken celebrities when it comes to feminism as well. She supports Planned Parenthood and started Lenny Letter, in which Jennifer Lawrence famously penned an essay asking what was up with her not being paid as much as her male co-stars.
4 Amber Rose
Amber Rose is all about feminism. In 2015, she even organized SlutWalk in Los Angeles. In SlutWalk, the women protested being slut-shamed and shared stories of past situations in which they experienced slut-shamming. She’s also come to the aid of many celebrity friends who were being slut-shammed, like ol’ Kim K and Blac Chyna.
Oh, and now is the part where I tell you about Amber Rose being nude. Rose has been nude a lot. Just give her a Google and you’ll find a ton of images. Furthermore, you’ll find a sex tape of Rose and Nick Cannon that was leaked.
3 Jennifer Lawrence
J Law has it pretty good or so one would think. Lawrence recently penned a feminist essay for Lenny Letter asking why she makes less than her male co-stars. So, clearly while she has had success in the entertainment industry, she feel frustration with the sexism in Hollywood.
Unfortunately, Lawrence was one of the victims of the iCloud photo leak so there are plenty of nude photos of her all across the internet that she may have preferred to keep quiet. In a response to the nude photos that were leaked, she posed nude for Vanity Fair with a snake strategically placed on her body. The difference in the leaked photos and Vanity Fair’s photoshoot was simply that she was choosing to put her body out there in the Vanity Fair as opposed to the leak, in which she had no choice.
2 Patricia Arquette
When Patricia Arquette won her Oscar in 2015 for her performance in Boyhood, she took her moment on stage to talk about feminism and the need for equality. The speech was well received. I mean, Meryl Streep and J Lo were pretty psyched about it to say the least.
Arquette isn’t afraid to put it all out there body-wise either. She’s appeared nude in several films including True Romance, Lost Highway and Human Nature.
1 Emily Ratajkowski
If you know who Emily Ratajkowski is, you most likely know that she’s been nude quite a few times. The actress/model has posed nude in several photoshoots but what launched her into fame was her topless scenes in the “Blurred Lines” video. She also appeared topless in Gone Girl, the 2014 hit.
Ratajkowski is also a feminist, who often takes to Twitter and Instagram to talk about feminist issues. She promotes both sexuality and feminism, as you don’t have to choose one or another. She also penned a Lenny Letter about growing up with a womanly in a society that sexualized girls.
So, there you have it. You can be both a feminist and occasionally be nude (or close to!) if you want to according to these fourteen famous women.