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!
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!
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.
11 Amy Schumer
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.
9 Isla Fisher
8 Jenny Slate
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sources: Bustle.com, Huffingtonpost.com, Mtv.com, Vogue.com, Thedailybeast.com, Washingtonpost.com, Theloop.ca
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