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Emily Ratajkowski admits to ‘exploiting herself’ and ‘using her body’ to gain ‘fame and success’

Emily Ratajkowski, 30, has admitted she ‘exploited herself’ and ‘used her body’ to achieve ‘fame and success’ in a sensational new interview – just one day after she criticized the industry and revealed she was paid $25,000 to attend the Super Bowl with disgraced Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho aka Jho Low.

The New York-based actress and model confessed to “capitalizing on her sexuality” when she was younger in an effort to gain control during an interview with CBS Mornings on Monday — recalling how she saw her self-exploitation as a form of “empowerment.” ‘, an opinion that has changed as she got older.

‘[In] When I was in my early twenties, I really saw myself as a guy working on the system and saying, “Okay, I know what I can get from being a model and using my body to have fame and success.” And I even called it empowerment,” she explained.

Emily Ratajkowski, 30, has admitted she 'exploited herself' and 'used her body' to gain 'fame and success' in explosive new interview with CBS

Emily Ratajkowski, 30, has admitted she ‘exploited herself’ and ‘used her body’ to gain ‘fame and success’ in explosive new interview with CBS

Her shooting comes just one day after she criticized the industry for paying her to attend events with men

She revealed she was paid $25,000 to attend the Super Bowl with disgraced Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho aka Jho Low (pictured above in 2014)

She revealed she was paid $25,000 to attend the Super Bowl with disgraced Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho aka Jho Low (pictured above in 2014)

She revealed she was paid $25,000 to attend the Super Bowl with disgraced Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho aka Jho Low (right)

The American actress and model said she 'capitalized on her sexuality' when she was younger in an effort to gain 'some sort of control'

The American actress and model said she 'capitalized on her sexuality' when she was younger in an effort to gain 'some sort of control'

The American actress and model said she ‘capitalized on her sexuality’ when she was younger in an effort to gain ‘some sort of control’

Emily starred in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” music video in 2013 – when she was 22 years old – and it skyrocketed her career. In the clip, she and two other female models appeared completely topless as they danced alongside Robin. She later claimed that the singer groped her beasts on set.

“I was in the Blurred Lines video — that was my big break — and I told everyone it was a powerful experience,” she said.

“But as I got older I realized it’s a bit more complicated and I feel responsible for telling young girls that.

“I’d be wrong to say it’s just empowering to take advantage of your sexuality and your beauty as a woman.”

The mother-of-one continued, ‘I’m not interested in canceling anyone. For me, it was telling the truth of the whole reality of that experience. Because all that time, all I said was, ‘It was so much fun,’ which it was, by the way.”

Emily explained that she liked to “use her sexuality” and “play off her image” because she felt it gave her “a kind of control.” But she now realizes that she never really had power until she wrote her book My Body, which will be released on Tuesday, November 9.

“I don’t think exploiting myself is progress, I think it just gave me some sort of control. The only time I feel like I’ve experienced empowerment is in writing this book and telling this story and even just making something, creating something. That feels like real power,” she said.

While speaking with The Sunday Times Magazine the day before, Emily confessed that she had previously accepted thousands of dollars in exchange for attending events with several men — though she’s now inflating the practice as a form of “manipulation.”

Emily starred in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” music video in 2013. In the visual, she appeared completely topless. She later claimed that the singer groped her beasts on set

Emily said that while she felt 'empowered' then, she now realizes that 'exploiting herself' gave her no real power

Emily said that while she felt 'empowered' then, she now realizes that 'exploiting herself' gave her no real power

Emily said that while she felt ’empowered’ then, she now realizes that ‘exploiting herself’ gave her no real power

The mother-of-one said the first time she experienced true empowerment was when she wrote her book, My Body - which comes out on Tuesday, November 9.

The mother-of-one said the first time she experienced true empowerment was when she wrote her book, My Body - which comes out on Tuesday, November 9.

The mother-of-one said the first time she experienced true empowerment was when she wrote her book, My Body – which comes out on Tuesday, November 9.

Now, when asked how she could publicly declare these things, but also admit to participating in them, Emily explained: “I think it’s very important – politicians are a perfect example of that – they criticize the system and they still work in it, because you want it to change.

“As someone you can google and look at my Instagram and see all this glamor and success, fame… It’s really important to give people the full story.”

“Writing this book and telling this story and even just making something, creating something — that feels like real power,” she said.

She continued: “I don’t blame young girls and I would never shame them for how they dress or how they try to use or try to be the system.

‘That said, I don’t want to’ [them] to think it’s going to be a pretty path with flowers… It’s more complicated than that. There are many ways you can get hurt. Especially if you’re naive.

‘I was rebellious. I really wanted to believe that I was an example of an empowered woman. That if this was feminism, you can use your body to have fame and success, and in some ways that’s totally true. In other ways I didn’t feel empowered because it’s more complicated than just that.

‘It’s a culture shift. There are of course ways we can protect models, but it’s a very complicated industry because it’s all about using women’s bodies to sell products,” she said.

“So in the end there will always be some degree of objectification. However, I think it’s huge to have respect for these young women and give them as much control as possible.

“In general, and how we deal with young girls and how we teach them – in all sorts of subtle ways – that they are kindly obligated to be very sweet, never show their needs and protect themselves.”

The brunette beauty — who welcomed her first son, Sylvester Apollo Bear, with her husband, Sebastian Bear-McClard, in March — said she wanted to make sure that when the now 8-month-old baby grows up, he’s aware of “how he can hurt women in certain situations.’

“I think women and men can benefit from understanding these power dynamics. When we understand how sometimes men feel intimidated, that they have something to prove, there are also things that are difficult for men,” she said.

Toxic masculinity is bad for everyone. I want to take that pressure off him and also make him aware of how he can hurt women in certain situations.’

Emily said that “there will always be a degree of objectification” because “it’s a very complicated industry”, but hopes that young models can be more “protected” in the future

The runway star wants to make sure that when her now 8-month-old son Sylvester Apollo Bear (pictured) grows up, he's aware of 'how he can hurt women in certain situations'

The runway star wants to make sure that when her now 8-month-old son Sylvester Apollo Bear (pictured) grows up, he's aware of 'how he can hurt women in certain situations'

The runway star wants to make sure that when her now 8-month-old son Sylvester Apollo Bear (pictured) grows up, he’s aware of ‘how he can hurt women in certain situations’

In her new book, Emily also claimed that photographer Jonathan Leder sexually assaulted her in 2011. And while talking to The Sunday Times, she explained why she finally decided to open up about the incident, along with what happened on the Blurred Lines set.

“These were the experiences I didn’t want to watch because they made me feel like I had no control over my own life and I was afraid to admit that,” she admitted.

“I didn’t sit down and make a list of the traumatic events in my life. Not at all. But there were experiences that I was very ashamed of and there is a validation that comes when people read it and recognize that your experience is real and that it exists.’

The runway star also described how her ex-boyfriend Owen “forced” herself on her when she was too drunk at age 15 to refuse. He would have been 16 years old at the time.

“Name what happened to Owen was very healing,” Emily told the magazine.

“That was consensual sex. I was so young. I hadn’t even had sex yet. So many young women I know border their first sexual experiences at a young age on involuntary.’

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