6 Women who are feminists and are paid to be nearly naked

Oct 20, 2014 at 9:11 p.m. ET
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While it feels like the “it” thing to do these days is spout your feminist ideals, there are plenty of celebs who have yet to jump on the bandwagon. However, Tyra Banks has decided to explain how anyone can be feminist — even if your career involves showing off your body on a daily basis.

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"I do consider myself a feminist, yeah. Totally," Banks told Yahoo. "Even when I was a model with my bra and panties on for a Victoria's Secret fashion show. Sure, I was stompin', and I know guys were like, 'Woo, look at Tyra.' But I know that my body being thicker on that runway meant something. A lot of the things I did in my modeling career as a woman of color was part of that feminism — of expanding the definition of beauty and making women feel beautiful, no matter what color their skin is."

"Right now, with women in power, and not apologizing for being strong or wanting to make money or to be on top, that's my message — and that's all feminism," Banks added. "I just feel like you should be able to have a fierce face at the same time."

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The former Victoria's Secret model is a strong woman who knows what she wants. So how many other feminist women are half-naked during their day jobs? It’s more than you might imagine.

Katy Perry

Although Katy Perry doesn't consider herself a feminist, she does "believe in the strength of women." She also believes in showing off her assets, on and off stage.


Beyoncé talks (and sings) all the time about the power of women — so much that she even coined a modern-day feminist term, joking that "I need to find a catchy new word for feminism, right? Like 'bootylicious.'"

Beyoncé has made the right to dance around half-naked a feminist quality.

Lena Dunham

Dunham rose to fame with Girls, a show about single women and their dating lives. But who's to say that women aren't feminist when they're searching for who they are — even while taking their clothes off?

"The idea of being a feminist — so many women have come to this idea of it being anti-male and not able to connect with the opposite sex — but what feminism is about is equality and human rights. For me, that is just an essential part of my identity. I hope [Girls] contributes to a continuance of feminist dialogue."

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus actually enjoys running around naked on stage, but she explains that she's only trying to empower women to be proud of their bodies.

"I feel like I'm one of the biggest feminists in the world, because I tell women to not be scared of anything," Cyrus said.

Cara Delevingne

The Victoria’s Secret model took the stage with Kendall Jenner and Gisele Bündchen during Karl Lagerfeld’s Spring 2015 Runway show in Paris, acting out a feminist march — in honor of Emma Watson’s recent UN speech.