Ratajkowski described the pressure that she endured as a youth around her sexuality and her thoughts on female sexual empowerment, in Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter newsletter on February 16, 2016. Elle magazine, Esquire magazine, and Harper's Bazaar republished her letter, which drew praise from critics including Glamour magazine's Hayley Spencer, The Huffington Post's Jenavieve Hatch, Cosmopolitan magazine's Nikki Kinstlinger, Rachael Moon of the Daily Mirror, and Georgia Simmonds of Marie Claire, who lauded Ratajkowski for observations, calling the letter "powerful". Salon's Erin Coulehan described the essay's identification of a societal catch-22, in which showcasing female sexuality that may "offend, excite, or create envy" leads to criticism and body shaming. InStyle's Isabella Silvers concurred that "female sexuality isn't always for the benefit of someone else". Charlotte Gill of The Independent admitted that she was in the minority in finding the letter "rambling" and "dull".