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In December 2018, the Oscar winner criticized the star over a magazine cover she appeared in almost 20 years ago, which showed her wearing a bikini and read, "I'm a virgin."
Jessica wrote to her in response, "As public figures, we both know our image is not totally in our control at all times, and that the industry we work in often tries to define us and box us in. However, I was taught to be myself and honor the different ways all women express themselves, which is why I believed then- and I believe now- that being sexy in a bikini and being proud of my body are not synonymous with having sex."
She added, "I have always embraced being a role model to all women to let them know that they can look however they want, wear whatever they want and have sex or not have sex with whomever they want. The power lies within us as individuals. I have made it my practice to not shame other women for their choices. In this era of Time's Up and all the great work you have done for women, I encourage you to do the same."
Portman later wrote, "I didn't mean to shame you and I'm sorry for any hurt my words may have caused."