In an interview with the Evening Standard, the "Gone Girl" actress says her looks have created problems throughout her life, and most recently, in her acting career.
"If you’re a sexy actress it’s hard to get serious roles," she tells the magazine, whose latest issue she covers. "You get offered the same thing that they’ve seen you in.
"People are like sheep and they’re like 'Oh, that’s what she does well.' What’s so dumb is that women are 50 per cent of the population and they want to spend money to see movies where they’re portrayed as three-dimensional characters."
Ratajkowski, who shot to fame after starring in Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" video, says she started receiving negative attention because of her looks at the age of 11, when she began to go through puberty.
"I started to realize that I was being perceived differently. It was confusing," she says. "Basically it was more about the way that people had a problem with a girl looking like a woman because it confused them, it made them feel uncomfortable and I think there was a lot of guilt that they wanted to induce."
And despite her mother's wishes for her to become a brain surgeon ("She didn't like the idea that I would think that [my appearance] was the only thing that I was going to be valued for"), Emily says she attributes her feminist values to her mom.
"[My mother] always told me never to feel sorry or apologetic or embarrassed by my body, to never apologize for my sexuality," she tells the Evening Standard.
For Emily's full interview and spread, head to the Evening Standard's website.
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