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My Body by Emily Ratajkowski

When I saw ‘My Body’ on the display table of a bookshop, I’m not proud of my immediate reaction. Great, I thought, this beautiful model has written a novel about why catering to the male gaze is feminist after all. My assumption of this woman’s thoughts and opinions based on her appearance only validated this book’s existence. Emily Ratajkowski may be most well-known for appearing in the controversial video for Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ back in 2013, or for playing the role of the other woman in ‘Gone Girl’. She started modelling as a teenager, using her body and the way men viewed it to make an affluent life for herself. The memoir sees her sharing her experiences of sexual assault and losing control and ownership of her image, and questions whether it’s possible to exploit a patriarchal system from the inside. It’s raw, beautifully written and unflinchingly honest. MG