“It’s hard to celebrate me”
Emily Ratajkowski wore a purple dress and cap to Hunter College’s Class of 2023 graduation.
On Thursday, January 19, model Emily Ratajkowski gave a heartfelt commencement speech at Hunter College.
According to People, Ratajkowski spoke to the student body about impostor syndrome and the importance of celebration.
The model shared excerpts from her speech in which she said, “It’s hard to celebrate me, not as an impostor in a body, but as a soul deserving of joy. And I bet a few people here feel the same.”
She continued, “So if you can’t celebrate yourself, maybe do it for others; for the loved ones who fill this audience, who remember when you had the idea of trying to get this degree and encouraged you when you were sure you would never make it.”
The 31-year-old concluded: “The people in your life who love you are a precious gift; treat them as such, appreciate them as such, celebrate with them. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of [inaudible due to applause]. Congratulations to the class of 2023.”
In another, shorter video, Ratajkowski was featured saying, “Here’s what I missed by not celebrating; I missed the joy.”