Tue, 30 November 2021

7:15 pm - 8:30 pm GMT

Emmanuel Centre, London

Pandora Sykes Meets Emily Ratajkowski

Live on Stage in London

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What does it mean to be a woman today? Pandora Sykes meets model and New York Times bestselling author Emily Ratajkowski for an investigation into feminism, sexuality and power.

Emily Ratajkowski has established herself as a multifaceted talent. As a model, she has appeared on the covers of major fashion magazines and is currently the face of L’Oréal’s hair care line Kerastase. As an actress, she has appeared in films including David Fincher’s Gone Girl and alongside Amy Schumer in I Feel Pretty. Ratajkowski is also outspoken politically, continually using her platform to advocate for her political beliefs, having campaigned for Bernie Sanders in both 2016 and 2020.

She joins How To Academy live on stage in London to explore the themes of her essay collection My Body in conversation with journalist and broadcaster Pandora Sykes.

My Body is a profoundly personal exploration of feminism, sexuality, and power, of men’s treatment of women and women’s rationalizations for accepting that treatment. These essays chronicle moments from Ratajkowski’s life while investigating the culture’s fetishization of girls and female beauty, its obsession with and contempt for women’s sexuality, the perverse dynamics of the fashion and film industries, and the grey area between consent and abuse.

Nuanced, unflinching, and incisive, My Body marks the debut of a fierce writer brimming with courage and intelligence. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from her live on stage in London.

Praise for Emily Ratakowski’s My Body:

‘This is the book for every woman trying to place their body on the map of consumption vs control, and every woman who wants to better understand her impulses. It left me much changed.’ – Lena Dunham

‘I read these pages, breathless with recognition, and the thrill of reading a new voice telling it like it is.’ – Dani Shapiro

‘Emily Ratajkowski’s first essay collection needs to be read by everyone […] both page-turning and moving as hell.’ – Amy Schumer

‘A slow, complicated indictment of a profession and the people who propel it […] it will deliver a more nuanced and introspective rendering of her interior than those who come to it with those surface interests might expect.’ – Vogue

‘Ratajkowski brings nuanced insight to questions about empowerment versus commodification of women’s bodies and sexuality. Blending cultural criticism and personal stories, My Body is smart and powerful.’ – Time Magazine

‘Raw, nuanced and beautifully written. A moving and enlightening experience to join a woman openly exploring such deep parts of her physical self via the written word. A truly impressive debut.’ – Emma Gannon

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Emily Ratajkowski

Entrepreneur, Actress, Model and Activist

Emily Ratajkowski has established herself as a multifaceted talent: entrepreneur, writer, actress, model and activist. Her debut book, an essay collection called My Body, released by Metropolitan Books in November 2021, is a New York Times bestseller. The book deal immediately followed the New York magazine essay she was commissioned to write entitled “Buying Myself Back,” which led to widespread public discourse on image ownership.

Pandora Sykes

Author, Journalist and Podcaster

Pandora Sykes is a journalist and broadcaster. A former features editor and columnist for the Sunday Times Style magazine, she has written for publications including the Telegraph, Observer, GQ and Vogue. She published her debut collection of essays How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right? in 2020. She also a prolific podcast creator and host. She co-hosted the No.1 women’s podcast, The High Low, presents The Missing, produces her own interview series, Doing It Right, and wrote and presented an 8-part docu-series, Pieces of Britney, about Britney Spears, for BBC Radio 4.