Emily Ratajkowski

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Emily Ratajkowski

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Emily Ratajkowski
Brunette white woman with a black hat in a white turtleneck with dark overalls

Ratajkowski in 2016
Born Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski
(1991-06-07) June 7, 1991 (age 25)
London, England, UK
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
Years active 2004–present
Website Official website
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Hair color Brown[1]
Eye color Brown[1]
Manager Ford Models[1]

Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski[2] (/ˌrɑːtˈkɒfski/; born June 7, 1991)[3] is an American actress and model. Born to American parents in London and raised primarily in California, she rose to prominence in 2013 after appearing in the music video for Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines“, which became the number one song of the year in several countries and attracted controversy over its purportedly sexist content.

Ratajkowski’s modeling career has progressed from retail ad work to art house erotica and high fashion. She appeared on the cover of the March 2012 issue of the erotic magazine treats!, which led to her being asked to appear in two music videos – “Blurred Lines” and Maroon 5‘s “Love Somebody“. She appeared in the 2014 and 2015 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues. Ratajkowski made her professional runway modeling debut for Marc Jacobs at New York Fashion Week in 2015 and has since walked on the Paris Fashion Week runway for Miu Miu. She appeared in a Buick Super Bowl commercial during Super Bowl 50.

Ratajkowski began acting as a child in the San Diego area before she gained a recurring role on iCarly and later roles in major films. Her feature film debut was as the mistress of Ben Affleck‘s character in the 2014 film Gone Girl. Ratajkowski’s 2015 roles included the films Entourage and We Are Your Friends (her first leading role) as well as the miniseries The Spoils Before Dying.

Ratajkowski is an advocate for women’s health issues as a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood and supports the right of women to express their sexuality. Her claim to being a feminist has been both supported and disputed.

Early life[edit]

Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski was born on June 7, 1991, in Westminster, London, the only child[4] of Kathleen Balgley and John David “J. D.”[5] Ratajkowski,[6] both American.[7] Balgley, a professor of English, was teaching under the Fulbright Program,[8] when she met J. D., a painter and art teacher,[6] while they were both teaching at San Dieguito Academy.[5][9] At the time of their daughter’s birth, they were aged 39 and 45, respectively,[10] and unmarried.[8] Ratajkowski describes her mother as a “feminist and intellectual”.[6][11] The family lived in West Kensington and Bloomsbury[12] before they settled in the United States in San Diego, California, when Ratajkowski was five.[6][13] She was raised primarily in nearby Encinitas in a small house near the ocean.[14] Balgley formerly taught at California Polytechnic State University.[14]

Ratajkowski is of Polish, Irish and Polish Jewish descent.[9][15] Her father was raised Catholic, while her mother was raised Jewish.[5] Ratajkowski describes her heritage as “Polish Israeli”.[9][16] She lived in, and traveled to, many parts of Europe as a youth, including long periods in the Irish town of Bantry and on the Spanish island of Mallorca.[7][13] She spent her young adult summers in Ireland until she became a full-time model.[9]

Before Ratajkowski left London at the age of five, she was obsessed with theater.[17] She began acting as a child, staging shows for her family.[18] Ratajkowski’s first formal role was as Elsa in an adaptation of The Little Match Girl at the North Coast Repertory Theatre School in Solana Beach, California.[4] Later, in 2004, she played Harriet in the interactive Lyceum Theatre production of Harriet Potter and the Throne of Applewort.[19] Ratajkowski grew up without television; she tried soccer, acting, and ballet before modeling.[2]

Ratajkowski visited nude beaches in Europe with her family during her youth.[6] Exposure to the nude female figure in photography and art during her formative years, including the work of her father,[20] as well as the photography of Helmut Newton and Herb Ritts, prepared Ratajkowski for nude work. She is comfortable with the naked body, and states, “We have this culture of men, especially, watching pornography, but then [they are] offended by a classic nude portrait or photograph, and I’ve never felt that way.”[21] Ratajkowski was also influenced by third-wave feminism and works such as The Beauty Myth and Promiscuities by Naomi Wolf.[22][23] She was a physically mature young teenager who endured pressure to limit expressing her sexuality[24][25] and how she presented herself.[26]

Career[edit]

Black and white side-view photo of Caucasian brunette sitting completely nude with her knees tucked to her chest

The March 2012 Issue 3 treats! cover featuring Ratajkowski is the image that led to her being cast in the video for “Blurred Lines

With encouragement from an acting coach, Ratajkowski met and signed with a talent agent who contacted Ford Models.[18] That same day,[17] she signed with Ford at age 14 and went on to do teen print catalog modeling for Kohl’s and Nordstrom.[6] At 15, Ratajkowski began auditioning for Disney and iCarly roles,[17] but as she pursued acting she was often cast as a “bitchy girl”,[6] cheerleader, or other limited role.[27] She attended San Dieguito Academy high school in San Diego, while modeling and acting in Los Angeles.[27] After two nondescript movie roles, she appeared as Gibby’s girlfriend, Tasha, in two episodes of the third season of Nickelodeon‘s iCarly (2009–2010).[2][28] Her manager discouraged her from pursuing many acting engagements until she could be more selective.[6][27]

Ratajkowski attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for one year in 2009, then decided to model full-time.[6] She found the fine art education at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture arbitrary and in conflict with her artistic concepts. She did not enjoy socializing with fellow students.[29]

After campaigns and editorials with photographer Tony Duran,[9] Ratajkowski began shooting more fashion editorials and posed for several early issues of the artistic erotica magazine treats!, including the cover of its third issue, in March 2012.[6][30] She credits that cover for bringing her the two unsolicited, high-profile, music video roles.[11][31] Ratajkowski later filmed commercials for Nikon and Carl’s Jr.,[6] including multiple versions of a 2012 Carl’s Jr. commercial with Sara Jean Underwood.[16][32] She also did nude and clothed art magazine modeling,[14] including a May 2012 shoot with Jonathan Leder,[33][34] as well as work for Frederick’s of Hollywood;[35] a 2012 holiday video and a 2011 Valentine’s video in which Ratajkowski appeared for the company are among the most popular videos on the company’s YouTube channel.[36] Ratajkowski worked with photographer Tony Kelly for the March 2013 GQ Turkey cover.[37]

Music video performances[edit]

Ratajkowski appeared in Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell Williams‘s 2013 video, “Blurred Lines“.[2][6] Previously, Ratajkowski had been cast in two other music videos: “Fast Car” by Taio Cruz,[38] which was released on November 5, 2012,[39] and Maroon 5‘s “Love Somebody“,[2] which was released two months after “Blurred Lines”.[2][11]

“Love Somebody”, shot on January 13,[40] and “Blurred Lines” were both produced in 2013.[2][41] The video for “Love Somebody” was released on May 21, 2013.[42] Directed by Rich Lee, it shows bare-chested Adam Levine using inverse green screen technology to rub paint onto Ratajkowski with his hands. As they touch, they reveal each other.[43][44]

Thicke had seen Ratajkowski’s treats! cover that The New York Times‘s Bee Shapiro described as “an artfully composed black-and-white photograph of Ms. Ratajkowski sitting completely nude with her knees tucked to her chest” and convinced director Diane Martel to cast her in the “Blurred Lines” music video. Martel felt that “she looked smart and stunningly beautiful” in the photo.[6] Ratajkowski initially declined the role, fearing being classified as a music video model,[6] but Martel persuaded her.[14] The video was released on March 20, 2013.[45] On March 28, Thicke posted an explicit version,[46][47] with a topless Ratajkowski.[11]

“Blurred Lines” was controversial: its video was called sexist for its perceived degradation of women,[48] and some felt its lyrics promoted rape.[49][50] Others disagreed,[51][52] asserting that the lyrics supported female power and sexual freedom.[53] Martel defended Ratajkowski’s performance, saying: “it’s very, very funny and subtly ridiculing.”[48] Ratajkowski did not think of the video as sexist[11] and claimed that the producers, through the use of humor and sarcasm, “took something that on paper sounded really sexist and misogynistic and made it more interesting”.[54][55] She said that the song “gave me an opportunity to say the things that I felt about feminism today and about women in general in pop culture.”[21] Ratajkowski did not feel objectified and enjoyed performing in a sexual manner:[56] the attention given to the nudity in the video, she said, shows that America has not advanced as far as it should have,[21] and, she believes, society represses sexuality, which is bad for both sexes.[4]

“Blurred Lines”, and Ratajkowski’s associated video performance, was prominent beyond the sociopolitical controversies. The song became the number one song of 2013 on music charts in many countries, including Canada,[57] Ireland,[58] the Netherlands,[59] New Zealand,[60] and the United Kingdom.[61] Although second on the year-end US Billboard Hot 100 chart,[62] the song’s twelve consecutive weeks at number one made it the longest-running number one song of the decade until “Uptown Funk” spent fourteen consecutive weeks at number one in 2015.[63][64] The song also remained in the news due to a copyright infringement lawsuit and appeal.[65][66][67]

Breakthrough[edit]

The “Blurred Lines” video garnered Ratajkowski notoriety,[11] especially as a sex symbol.[68] In October 2013, Esquire magazine named Ratajkowski “Woman of the Year”, over online fan vote finalist Jennifer Lawrence.[69] That December, Rolling Stone magazine listed her among its twenty hottest sex symbols.[68] In February 2014, Sports Illustrated magazine named Ratajkowski as one of twelve 50th anniversary swimsuit issue rookies.[70] In April, FHM ranked her the fourth sexiest woman in the world.[71] Maxim magazine included Ratajkowski at number 62 on its 2014 Hot 100 list.[72][73] AskMen ranked her the third most desirable woman of 2014.[74]

Ratajkowski was on the July 2013 cover of CR Fashion Book, which included erotic scenes with Karlie Kloss and male models, photographed by Bruce Weber.[6][11][75] On June 24, she appeared topless in the July 2014 American GQ cover story, photographed by Michael Thompson.[76][77] A controversy ensued at retailer Lands’ End, some of whose customers received the issue for free. Some customers objected to the racy images, forcing Lands’ End CEO Edgar Huber to apologize.[78]

Portrait of a brunette Caucasian with red lipstick from above

Ratajkowski photographed for Day 16 of LOVE‘s Advent 2014

Ratajkowski leveraged her sudden prominence into supporting roles in major films.[6] Ratajkowski played Andie Fitzgerald, the mistress of Ben Affleck‘s character, in David Fincher‘s 2014 adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s novel Gone Girl.[79] Affleck encouraged Fincher to consider Ratajkowski after seeing the “Blurred Lines” video.[21] U-T San Diego described Ratajkowski’s performance as “nuanced”,[4] while Andrew O’Hehir of Salon and Wesley Morris of Grantland wrote that her small role as a “duplicitous and manipulative former student” was critical.[80][81] Reflecting on the performance in 2016, Wolf described Ratajkowski’s portrayal as sympathetic and compassionate.[17]

Days after Gone Girl‘s September 26, 2014, New York Film Festival premiere,[82][83] Ratajkowski became the cover model for the November 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan.[84] On October 30, 2014, she appeared with Taylor Kitsch in the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare live-action trailer.[85][86] Ratajkowski appeared on the February 2015 FHM cover,[87] but she tweeted that her picture was used without her consent.[88][89] FHM responded that “we liked the pictures so much we stuck one on our front cover”.[90]

Ratajkowski co-starred in the 2015 film Entourage as a fictionalized version of herself,[14][91] playing the love interest of Adrian Grenier‘s character, Vincent Chase.[92] Her performance received critical commentary ranging from “less than compelling”, by the The Hollywood Reporter‘s Sheri Linden, to “uncanny realism”, by The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Steven Rea.[93][94] Grantland‘s Morris described her role and performance with scathing sarcasm.[95] She was also cast in the 2015 miniseries The Spoils Before Dying as Agent Day, appearing late in the series.[96][97][98] Her performance was favorably reviewed by Emily L. Stephens of The A.V. Club,[99] while other critics commented that she was part of a solid supporting cast.[100][101]

Ratajkowski earned her first leading role, opposite Zac Efron, in We Are Your Friends,[102] a musical drama released in August 2015, and was part of the film’s promotional tour to Europe and North America.[103] Starting with the August 11 London premiere,[104][105] this tour marked her ascension as a style icon as she earned multiple best dressed citations from various sources.[106][107] She played Stanford University dropout Sophie,[108] the love interest of Efron’s character and girlfriend/personal assistant of Wes Bentley‘s character.[109] Her performance received mixed reviews. Alonso Duralde of TheWrap described the role as thin, as did Ty Burr of The Boston Globe.[110][111] Burr said that Ratajkowski’s performance was “surpassingly dull”,[110] while Nell Minow of Beliefnet stated that she “does more posing than acting”.[112] Kyle Smith of the New York Post described her performance as “quietly entrancing”,[113] and Jordan Hoffman of the Daily News described Ratajkowski’s performance as “stunning and sweet”.[114] Robbie Collin of The Daily Telegraph and Grantland‘s Morris noted Ratajkowski’s rhythmic dancing skills and sex appeal, as previously seen in “Blurred Lines”.[115][116]

Around the time of the release of We Are Your Friends, Ratajkowski appeared on the covers of Grazia France,[117] British GQ,[118] harper by Harper’s Bazaar,[119] InStyle UK,[120] and InStyle Australia,[121] as well as a role as a 2015 MTV Video Music Awards presenter.[122][123] The British GQ cover story was photographed by Mario Testino, who produced a short film featuring Ratajkowski for the magazine’s website.[56][124] Soon after, on September 17, 2015, she made her runway debut for Marc Jacobs at the spring/summer 2016 New York Fashion Week finale.[125][126] This appearance contributed to her number one listing among Vogue‘s 12 Breakout Beauty Stars of 2015.[127] For fall/winter 2016 fashions, Ratajkowski walked the Paris Fashion Week runway for Miu Miu on March 9, 2016.[128][129] She has expressed the desire to break barriers for shorter and more curvaceous models, commenting: “You don’t have to be 5’9″ and an A-cup to be a successful model.”[130]

A Buick Super Bowl ad for its Cascada convertible during Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016, featured Ratajkowski and Odell Beckham, Jr.[131][132] The ad, in which she made a wedding bouquet catch reminiscent of Beckham’s famous catch from 2014,[133][134] received average ratings, according to USA Today‘s admeter.[135] The ad was filmed with a stunt double making the catch.[136] Los Angeles-based jewelry designer Jacquie Aiche featured Ratajkowski in a spring 2016 campaign wearing almost nothing but body chains, rings, bracelets, pendants, and chokers.[137][138][139] In May, Ratajkowski appeared in the Russian-language music video “Inseparable” (sometimes translated as “Indivisible”) with Russian entertainer Dima Bilan as a photographer and Ratajkowski as his muse.[140][141][142]

As of June 2016[update], Ratajkowski has a variety of upcoming roles. She will play Jessica Weintraub, the female lead opposite Spencer Boldman in the film Cruise, which is written and directed by Robert Siegel.[143] Ratajkowski was hired as part of the cast of the film In Darkness, alongside Natalie Dormer, Ed Skrein, and Stacy Martin.[144] She will also be involved in Joe Swanberg‘s Netflix series, Easy.[145][146] In June 2016, she stated she was filming for Project Runway.[147] Ratajkowski was one of five models to appear on the August 2016 Vogue Germany alternate covers along with Stella Maxwell, Irina Shayk, Lily Aldridge and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.[148] Along with Joan Smalls and Kate Upton, Ratajkowski was one of three models for the October Glamour cover.[149] The cover story, which was shot by Carter Smith and includes an essay by Ratajkowski, says she has become known as an activist who considers being both sexual and serious to be non-conflicting ambitions.[150] She was a guest judge on the October 20, Project Runway season 15 episode.[151]

Personal life[edit]

In February 2014, Ratajkowski broke up with her boyfriend Andrew Dryden, a creative director and menswear buyer.[152][153] In September 2014, Ratajkowski was a victim in a female celebrity hacking and internet posting wave of stolen nude iCloud photographs.[154][155] In December 2014, Us Weekly confirmed she had begun dating musician Jeff Magid.[156]

Ratajkowski has raised funds,[157] done public service announcements,[158][159] and committed to a short film promoting reproductive and sexual health for Planned Parenthood (PPFA).[160][161] She describes PPFA as her main charity because of its role in women’s health.[157] Ratajkowski’s involvement has drawn ire from right to life advocates such as the National Right to Life Committee.[162]

Ratajkowski says that she enjoys freedom of sexual expression “while still being a feminist”,[84] and is outspoken about using her celebrity to support the empowerment of women and women’s sexuality.[163] Amanda Hess of Slate questioned whether she is a feminist or an opportunist exploiting feminism.[164] In The New York Times, Ratajkowski expressed her frustration that “society somehow feels that women can’t manage to be political, feminist and a sex symbol”.[165] She has called society’s reaction to the naked female form “weird”.[166] As a woman who enjoys expressions of the body ranging from ballet to pornography, Ratajkowski feels that she can be nude in her professional work and also support equality for women.[167] British GQ‘s Charlie Burton stated that she is a feminist with more to say than others. He said that her message is one of sexual empowerment, because sex should not feel like a service and should be beneficial to all involved parties.[56] Wolf said Ratajkowski is a modern feminist in a Harper’s Bazaar interview of Ratajkowski,[17] in which Ratajkowski defended her form of feminism.[168][169]

On the eve of the February 2016 New Hampshire Democratic primary, Ratajkowski spoke at a Bernie Sanders rally in New Hampshire to endorse his campaign.[170][171][172] One of the main points of her speech, and her social media activity surrounding it, was to counter Gloria Steinem‘s statement that young female Sanders supporters were involved in the campaign (rather than supporting fellow female Hillary Clinton) to meet potential male romantic partners.[165][173]

Media image[edit]

Ratajkowski has been frequently named in lists and polls that rank beauty or fashion in the media. She was ranked in Maxim‘s Hot 100 list in both 2014 (No. 62)[72] and 2015 (No. 2).[174] AskMen ranked her among its most desirable women of 2014 (No. 3)[74] and 2016 (No. 14);[175] while FHM ranked her among the sexiest in 2014 (No. 4),[71] and 2015 (No. 18).[176] She is also praised for her fashion sense: Ratajkowski made Vogue Italia’s Best Dressed List of 2015,[177] and Harper’s Bazaar placed her atop its best dressed list at the February 2016 New York Fashion Week.[178]

Ratajkowski’s began with a minor acting role in Gone Girl. She played herself in Entourage.[14][91] In their respective reviews of We Are Your Friends, Richard Roeper and Wesley Morris said that Ratajkowski, again playing the attractive object of affection, again failed to demonstrate acting prowess.[115][179]

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.[24][25][180] Elle magazine, Esquire magazine, and Harper’s Bazaar republished her letter.[181][182][183] Critics, including Glamour magazine’s Hayley Spencer,[184] The Huffington Post‘s Jenavieve Hatch,[185] and Rachael Moon of the Daily Mirror, praised it.[186] According to Cosmopolitan magazine’s Nikki Kinstlinger and Georgia Simmonds of Marie Claire, Ratajkowski finds self-empowerment in defining and owning the expression of her sexuality and body.[26][187] 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.[188] InStyle‘s Isabella Silvers concurred that “female sexuality isn’t always for the benefit of someone else”.[189] Charlotte Gill of The Independent admitted that she was in the minority in finding the letter “rambling” and “dull”.[190]

Ratajkowski defended Kim Kardashian from criticism when Kardashian posted a controversial naked selfie on Instagram in March, saying that women have the right to “express their sexuality and share their bodies however they choose”.[191] Then, Kardashian and Ratajkowski jointly advocated via social media for female sexual empowerment and against body shaming; nearly one million social media followers responded positively, and prominent global media outlets took notice.[192][193][194]

Following her letter and social media statement, the controversy about her feminism heightened. Piers Morgan stated that Ratajkowski’s form of feminism was a misguided affront to true feminism,[195] labeling it pseudo-feminist gibberish.[196] After Morgan wrote that “feminism as it was intended is dead”, the Chicago Tribune‘s Heidi Stevens, as well as The Daily Telegraph‘s Helen Pankhurst (Emmeline Pankhurst‘s great-granddaughter) said that Ratajkowski neither killed nor bolstered feminism.[197][198] Women’s Wear Daily‘s Taylor Harris questioned the impact of Ratajkowski’s feminism.[199] The Independent‘s Gill questioned Ratajkowski’s feminism, saying that her professional activities “continued to advocate industries that treat us as pieces of meat”.[190] Heather Saul of The Independent wrote in support of Ratajkowski in an article subtitled “Ratajkowski is becoming an important feminist voice in the debate over female censorship and sexuality”.[200] New York‘s Allie Jones called Ratajkowski “the best feminist celeb”.[201]

According to a November 26, 2016 story on Page Six of the New York Post, 71 May 2012 photographs taken by Leder were being printed in a publication by Imperial Publishing and set for display in a New York art gallery in February 2017.[202] On November 30, 2016, Ratajkowski tweeted that she was being featured in the photobook publication without her consent. New York noted that Ratajkowski had claimed that the pictures were intended for use in an artful magazine,[33] while USA Today noted that she had hesitated to protest because she did not want to give Leder publicity.[34]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Andrew’s Alteration Young Girl Short film
2005 A Year and a Day Girl
2014 Gone Girl Andie Fitzgerald
2015 Entourage Herself
2015 We Are Your Friends Sophie

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009–10 iCarly Tasha Episodes: “iSpeed Date”, “iEnrage Gibby”
2015 The Spoils Before Dying Agent Day 3 episodes
2016 Easy Allison Lizowska Episode: “Art and Life”

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2012 Fast Car Taio Cruz
2013 Blurred Lines Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell
2013 Love Somebody Maroon 5
2016 “Inseparable” Dima Bilan

Magazine cover history[edit]

Magazine cover history as of 9 November 2016[update]
Magazine Country Date Photographer Notes
treats! United States 000000002012-03-01-0000March 2012 [203]
GQ Turkey 000000002013-03-01-0000March 2013 Tony Kelly [37]
CR Fashion Book United States Fall/Winter 2013 Bruce Weber [204]
S moda Spain 000000002014-03-01-0000March 1, 2014 Tetsu Kubota [205]
GQ United States 000000002014-07-01-0000July 2014 Michael Thompson [77]
Ocean Drive United States 000000002014-09-01-0000September 2014 Tony Duran [206]
Cosmopolitan United States 000000002014-11-01-0000November 2014 Eric Ray Davidson [207]
FHM United Kingdom 000000002015-02-01-0000February 2015 unknown [208]
Cosmopolitan Italy 000000002015-06-01-0000June 2015 Eric Ray Davidson [209]
Cosmopolitan Singapore 000000002015-06-01-0000June 2015 Eric Ray Davidson [210]
Cosmopolitan South Africa 000000002015-07-01-0000July 2015 Eric Ray Davidson [211]
Grazia Italy 000000002015-08-14-0000August 14, 2015 unknown [212]
GQ United Kingdom 000000002015-09-01-0000September 2015 Mario Testino [213]
Harper by Harper’s Bazaar United States 000000002015-09-01-0000September 2015 Will Davidson [214]
Editorialist United States Fall/Winter 2015 Derek Kettela [215]
InStyle United Kingdom 000000002015-10-01-0000October 2015 Jenny Gage and Tom Betterton [216]
InStyle Australia 000000002015-10-01-0000October 2015 Jenny Gage and Tom Betterton [217]
Le Petit Voyeur Denmark 000000002015-12-01-0000December 2015 Jonathan Leder [218]
GQ Spain 000000002016-01-01-0000January 2016 Mario Testino [219]
GQ Russia 000000002016-02-01-0000February 2016 Mario Testino [220]
Madame Figaro France 000000002016-05-01-0000May 2016 unknown [221]
ES magazine United Kingdom 000000002016-05-20-0000May 20, 2016 David Bellemere [222]
Tatler Russia 000000002016-07-01-0000July 2016 unknown [223]
Vogue Germany 000000002016-08-01-0000August 2016 Giampaolo Sgura [224]
C California Style Magazine United States 000000002016-09-01-0000September 2016 Beau Grealy [225]
Glamour United States 000000002016-10-01-0000October 2016 Carter Smith [226]
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Emily Ratajkowski

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Emily Ratajkowski
Brunette white woman with a black hat in a white turtleneck with dark overalls

Ratajkowski in 2016
Born Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski
(1991-06-07) June 7, 1991 (age 25)
London, England, UK
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
Years active 2004–present
Website Official website
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Hair color Brown[1]
Eye color Brown[1]
Manager Ford Models[1]

Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski[2] (/ˌrɑːtˈkɒfski/; born June 7, 1991)[3] is an American actress and model. Born to American parents in London and raised primarily in California, she rose to prominence in 2013 after appearing in the music video for Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines“, which became the number one song of the year in several countries and attracted controversy over its purported sexist content.

Ratajkowski’s modeling career has progressed from retail ad work to art house erotica and high fashion. She appeared on the cover of the March 2012 issue of the erotic magazine treats!, which led to her being asked to appear in two music videos – “Blurred Lines” and Maroon 5‘s “Love Somebody“. She appeared in the 2014 and 2015 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues. Ratajkowski made her professional runway modeling debut for Marc Jacobs at New York Fashion Week in 2015 and has since walked on the Paris Fashion Week runway for Miu Miu. She appeared in a Buick Super Bowl commercial during Super Bowl 50.

Ratajkowski began acting as a child in the San Diego area before she gained a recurring role on iCarly and later roles in major films. Her feature film debut was as the mistress of Ben Affleck‘s character in the 2014 film Gone Girl. Ratajkowski’s 2015 roles included the films Entourage and We Are Your Friends (her first leading role) as well as the miniseries The Spoils Before Dying.

Ratajkowski is an advocate for women’s health issues as a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood and supports the right of women to express their sexuality. Her claim to being a feminist has been both supported and disputed. She is known for her sex appeal and fashion sense.

Early life[edit]

Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski was born on June 7, 1991, in Westminster, London, the only child[4] of Kathleen Balgley and John David “J. D.”[5] Ratajkowski,[6] both American.[7] Balgley, a professor of English, was teaching under the Fulbright Program,[8] when she met J. D., a painter and art teacher,[6] while they were both teaching at San Dieguito Academy.[5][9] At the time of their daughter’s birth, they were aged 39 and 45, respectively,[10] and unmarried.[8] Ratajkowski describes her mother as a “feminist and intellectual”.[6][11] The family lived in West Kensington and Bloomsbury[12] before they settled in the United States in San Diego, California, when Ratajkowski was five.[6][13] She was raised primarily in nearby Encinitas in a small house near the ocean.[14] Balgley formerly taught at California Polytechnic State University.[14]

Ratajkowski is of Polish, Irish and Polish Jewish descent.[9][15] Her father was raised Catholic, while her mother was raised Jewish.[5] Ratajkowski describes her heritage as “Polish Israeli”.[9][16] She lived in, and traveled to, many parts of Europe as a youth, including long periods in the Irish town of Bantry and on the Spanish island of Mallorca.[7][13] She spent her young adult summers in Ireland until she became a full-time model.[9]

Before Ratajkowski left London at the age of five, she was obsessed with theater.[17] She began acting as a child, staging shows for her family.[18] Ratajkowski’s first formal role was as Elsa in an adaptation of The Little Match Girl at the North Coast Repertory Theatre School in Solana Beach, California.[4] Later, in 2004, she played Harriet in the interactive Lyceum Theatre production of Harriet Potter and the Throne of Applewort.[19] Ratajkowski grew up without television; she tried soccer, acting, and ballet before modeling.[2]

Ratajkowski visited nude beaches in Europe with her family during her youth.[6] Exposure to the nude female figure in photography and art during her formative years, including the work of her father,[20] as well as the photography of Helmut Newton and Herb Ritts, prepared Ratajkowski for nude work. She is comfortable with the naked body, and states, “We have this culture of men, especially, watching pornography, but then [they are] offended by a classic nude portrait or photograph, and I’ve never felt that way.”[21] Ratajkowski was also influenced by third-wave feminism and works such as The Beauty Myth and Promiscuities by Naomi Wolf.[22][23] She was a physically mature young teenager who endured pressure to limit expressing her sexuality[24][25] and how she presented herself.[26]

Career[edit]

Black and white side-view photo of Caucasian brunette sitting completely nude with her knees tucked to her chest

The March 2012 Issue 3 treats! cover featuring Ratajkowski is the image that led to her being cast in the video for “Blurred Lines

With encouragement from an acting coach, Ratajkowski met and signed with a talent agent who contacted Ford Models.[18] That same day,[17] she signed with Ford at age 14 and went on to do teen print catalog modeling for Kohl’s and Nordstrom.[6] At 15, Ratajkowski began auditioning for Disney and iCarly roles,[17] but as she pursued acting she was often cast as a “bitchy girl”,[6] cheerleader, or other limited role.[27] She attended San Dieguito Academy high school in San Diego, while modeling and acting in Los Angeles.[27] After two nondescript movie roles, she appeared as Gibby’s girlfriend, Tasha, in two episodes of the third season of Nickelodeon‘s iCarly (2009–2010).[2][28] Her manager discouraged her from pursuing many acting engagements until she could be more selective.[6][27]

Ratajkowski attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for one year in 2009, then decided to model full-time.[6] She found the fine art education at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture arbitrary and in conflict with her artistic concepts. She did not enjoy socializing with fellow students.[29]

After campaigns and editorials with photographer Tony Duran,[9] Ratajkowski began shooting more fashion editorials and posed for several early issues of the artistic erotica magazine treats!, including the cover of its third issue, in March 2012.[6][30] She credits that cover for bringing her the two unsolicited, high-profile, music video roles.[11][31] Ratajkowski later filmed commercials for Nikon and Carl’s Jr.,[6] including multiple versions of a 2012 Carl’s Jr. commercial with Sara Jean Underwood.[16][32] She also did nude and clothed art magazine modeling,[14] as well as work for Frederick’s of Hollywood;[33] a 2012 holiday video and a 2011 Valentine’s video in which Ratajkowski appeared for the company are among the most popular videos on the company’s YouTube channel.[34] Ratajkowski worked with photographer Tony Kelly for the March 2013 GQ Turkey cover.[35]

Music video performances[edit]

Ratajkowski appeared in Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell Williams‘s 2013 video, “Blurred Lines“.[2][6] Previously, Ratajkowski had been cast in two other music videos: “Fast Car” by Taio Cruz,[36] which was released on November 5, 2012,[37] and Maroon 5‘s “Love Somebody“,[2] which was released two months after “Blurred Lines”.[2][11]

“Love Somebody”, shot on January 13,[38] and “Blurred Lines” were both produced in 2013.[2][39] The video for “Love Somebody” was released on May 21, 2013.[40] Directed by Rich Lee, it shows bare-chested Adam Levine using inverse green screen technology to rub paint onto Ratajkowski with his hands. As they touch, they reveal each other.[41][42]

Thicke had seen Ratajkowski’s treats! cover that The New York Times‘s Bee Shapiro described as “an artfully composed black-and-white photograph of Ms. Ratajkowski sitting completely nude with her knees tucked to her chest” and convinced director Diane Martel to cast her in the “Blurred Lines” music video. Martel felt that “she looked smart and stunningly beautiful” in the photo.[6] Ratajkowski initially declined the role, fearing being classified as a music video model,[6] but Martel persuaded her.[14] The video was released on March 20, 2013.[43] On March 28, Thicke posted an explicit version,[44][45] with a topless Ratajkowski.[11]

“Blurred Lines” was controversial: its video was called sexist for its perceived degradation of women,[46] and some felt its lyrics promoted rape.[47][48] Others disagreed,[49][50] asserting that the lyrics supported female power and sexual freedom.[51] Martel defended Ratajkowski’s performance, saying: “it’s very, very funny and subtly ridiculing.”[46] Ratajkowski did not think of the video as sexist[11] and claimed that the producers, through the use of humor and sarcasm, “took something that on paper sounded really sexist and misogynistic and made it more interesting”.[52][53] She said that the song “gave me an opportunity to say the things that I felt about feminism today and about women in general in pop culture.”[21] Ratajkowski did not feel objectified and enjoyed performing in a sexual manner:[54] the attention given to the nudity in the video, she said, shows that America has not advanced as far as it should have,[21] and, she believes, society represses sexuality, which is bad for both sexes.[4]

“Blurred Lines”, and Ratajkowski’s associated video performance, was prominent beyond the sociopolitical controversies. The song became the number one song of 2013 on music charts in many countries, including Canada,[55] Ireland,[56] the Netherlands,[57] New Zealand,[58] and the United Kingdom.[59] Although second on the year-end US Billboard Hot 100 chart,[60] the song’s twelve consecutive weeks at number one made it the longest-running number one song of the decade until “Uptown Funk” spent fourteen consecutive weeks at number one in 2015.[61][62] The song also remained in the news due to a copyright infringement lawsuit and appeal.[63][64][65]

Breakthrough[edit]

The “Blurred Lines” video garnered Ratajkowski notoriety,[11] especially as a sex symbol.[66] In October 2013, Esquire magazine named Ratajkowski “Woman of the Year”, over online fan vote finalist Jennifer Lawrence.[67] That December, Rolling Stone magazine listed her among its twenty hottest sex symbols.[66] In February 2014, Sports Illustrated magazine named Ratajkowski as one of twelve 50th anniversary swimsuit issue rookies.[68] In April, FHM ranked her the fourth sexiest woman in the world.[69] Maxim magazine included Ratajkowski at number 62 on its 2014 Hot 100 list.[70][71] AskMen ranked her the third most desirable woman of 2014.[72]

Ratajkowski was on the July 2013 cover of CR Fashion Book, which included erotic scenes with Karlie Kloss and male models, photographed by Bruce Weber.[6][11][73] On June 24, she appeared topless in the July 2014 American GQ cover story, photographed by Michael Thompson.[74][75] A controversy ensued at retailer Lands’ End, some of whose customers received the issue for free. Some customers objected to the racy images, forcing Lands’ End CEO Edgar Huber to apologize.[76]

Portrait of a brunette Caucasian with red lipstick from above

Ratajkowski photographed for Day 16 of LOVE‘s Advent 2014

Ratajkowski leveraged her sudden prominence into supporting roles in major films.[6] Ratajkowski played Andie Fitzgerald, the mistress of Ben Affleck‘s character, in David Fincher‘s 2014 adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s novel Gone Girl.[77] Affleck encouraged Fincher to consider Ratajkowski after seeing the “Blurred Lines” video.[21] U-T San Diego described Ratajkowski’s performance as “nuanced”,[4] while Andrew O’Hehir of Salon and Wesley Morris of Grantland wrote that her small role as a “duplicitous and manipulative former student” was critical.[78][79] Reflecting on the performance in 2016, Wolf described Ratajkowski’s portrayal as sympathetic and compassionate.[17]

Days after Gone Girl‘s September 26, 2014, New York Film Festival premiere,[80][81] Ratajkowski became the cover model for the November 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan.[82] On October 30, 2014, she appeared with Taylor Kitsch in the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare live-action trailer.[83][84] Ratajkowski appeared on the February 2015 FHM cover,[85] but she tweeted that her picture was used without her consent.[86][87] FHM responded that “we liked the pictures so much we stuck one on our front cover”.[88]

Ratajkowski co-starred in the 2015 film Entourage as a fictionalized version of herself,[14][89] playing the love interest of Adrian Grenier‘s character, Vincent Chase.[90] Her performance received critical commentary ranging from “less than compelling”, by the The Hollywood Reporter‘s Sheri Linden, to “uncanny realism”, by The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Steven Rea.[91][92] Grantland‘s Morris described her role and performance with scathing sarcasm.[93] She was also cast in the 2015 miniseries The Spoils Before Dying as Agent Day, appearing late in the series.[94][95][96] Her performance was favorably reviewed by Emily L. Stephens of The A.V. Club,[97] while other critics commented that she was part of a solid supporting cast.[98][99]

Ratajkowski earned her first leading role, opposite Zac Efron, in We Are Your Friends,[100] a musical drama released in August 2015, and was part of the film’s promotional tour to Europe and North America.[101] Starting with the August 11 London premiere,[102][103] this tour marked her ascension as a style icon as she earned multiple best dressed citations from various sources.[104][105] She played Stanford University dropout Sophie,[106] the love interest of Efron’s character and girlfriend/personal assistant of Wes Bentley‘s character.[107] Her performance received mixed reviews. Alonso Duralde of TheWrap described the role as thin, as did Ty Burr of The Boston Globe.[108][109] Burr said that Ratajkowski’s performance was “surpassingly dull”,[108] while Nell Minow of Beliefnet stated that she “does more posing than acting”.[110] Kyle Smith of the New York Post described her performance as “quietly entrancing”,[111] and Jordan Hoffman of the Daily News described Ratajkowski’s performance as “stunning and sweet”.[112] Robbie Collin of The Daily Telegraph and Grantland‘s Morris noted Ratajkowski’s rhythmic dancing skills and sex appeal, as previously seen in “Blurred Lines”.[113][114]

Around the time of the release of We Are Your Friends, Ratajkowski appeared on the covers of Grazia France,[115] British GQ,[116] harper by Harper’s Bazaar,[117] InStyle UK,[118] and InStyle Australia,[119] as well as a role as a 2015 MTV Video Music Awards presenter.[120][121] The British GQ cover story was photographed by Mario Testino, who produced a short film featuring Ratajkowski for the magazine’s website.[54][122] Soon after, on September 17, 2015, she made her runway debut for Marc Jacobs at the spring/summer 2016 New York Fashion Week finale.[123][124] This appearance contributed to her number one listing among Vogue‘s 12 Breakout Beauty Stars of 2015.[125] For fall/winter 2016 fashions, Ratajkowski walked the Paris Fashion Week runway for Miu Miu on March 9, 2016.[126][127] She has expressed the desire to break barriers for shorter and more curvaceous models, commenting: “You don’t have to be 5’9″ and an A-cup to be a successful model.”[128]

A Buick Super Bowl ad for its Cascada convertible during Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016, featured Ratajkowski and Odell Beckham, Jr.[129][130] The ad, in which she made a wedding bouquet catch reminiscent of Beckham’s famous catch from 2014,[131][132] received average ratings, according to USA Today‘s admeter.[133] The ad was filmed with a stunt double making the catch.[134] Los Angeles-based jewelry designer Jacquie Aiche featured Ratajkowski in a spring 2016 campaign wearing almost nothing but body chains, rings, bracelets, pendants, and chokers.[135][136][137] In May, Ratajkowski appeared in the Russian-language music video “Inseparable” (sometimes translated as “Indivisible”) with Russian entertainer Dima Bilan as a photographer and Ratajkowski as his muse.[138][139][140]

As of June 2016[update], Ratajkowski has a variety of upcoming roles. She will play Jessica Weintraub, the female lead opposite Spencer Boldman in the film Cruise, which is written and directed by Robert Siegel.[141] Ratajkowski was hired as part of the cast of the film In Darkness, alongside Natalie Dormer, Ed Skrein, and Stacy Martin.[142] She will also be involved in Joe Swanberg‘s Netflix series, Easy.[143][144] In June 2016, she stated she was filming for Project Runway.[145] Ratajkowski was one of five models to appear on the August 2016 Vogue Germany alternate covers along with Stella Maxwell, Irina Shayk, Lily Aldridge and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.[146] Along with Joan Smalls and Kate Upton, Ratajkowski was one of three models for the October Glamour cover.[147] The cover story, which was shot by Carter Smith and includes an essay by Ratajkowski, says she has become known as an activist who considers being both sexual and serious to be non-conflicting ambitions.[148] She was a guest judge on the October 20, Project Runway season 15 episode.[149]

Personal life[edit]

In February 2014, Ratajkowski broke up with her boyfriend Andrew Dryden, a creative director and menswear buyer.[150][151] In September 2014, Ratajkowski was a victim in a female celebrity hacking and internet posting wave of stolen nude iCloud photographs.[152][153] In December 2014, Us Weekly confirmed she had begun dating musician Jeff Magid.[154]

Ratajkowski has raised funds,[155] done public service announcements,[156][157] and committed to a short film promoting reproductive and sexual health for Planned Parenthood (PPFA).[158][159] She describes PPFA as her main charity because of its role in women’s health.[155] Ratajkowski’s involvement has drawn ire from right to life advocates such as the National Right to Life Committee.[160]

Ratajkowski says that she enjoys freedom of sexual expression “while still being a feminist”,[82] and is outspoken about using her celebrity to support the empowerment of women and women’s sexuality.[161] Amanda Hess of Slate questioned whether she is a feminist or an opportunist exploiting feminism.[162] In The New York Times, Ratajkowski expressed her frustration that “society somehow feels that women can’t manage to be political, feminist and a sex symbol”.[163] She has called society’s reaction to the naked female form “weird”.[164] As a woman who enjoys expressions of the body ranging from ballet to pornography, Ratajkowski feels that she can be nude in her professional work and also support equality for women.[165] British GQ‘s Charlie Burton stated that she is a feminist with more to say than others. He said that her message is one of sexual empowerment, because sex should not feel like a service and should be beneficial to all involved parties.[54] Wolf said Ratajkowski is a modern feminist in a Harper’s Bazaar interview of Ratajkowski,[17] in which Ratajkowski defended her form of feminism.[166][167]

On the eve of the February 2016 New Hampshire Democratic primary, Ratajkowski spoke at a Bernie Sanders rally in New Hampshire to endorse his campaign.[168][169][170] One of the main points of her speech, and her social media activity surrounding it, was to counter Gloria Steinem‘s statement that young female Sanders supporters were involved in the campaign (rather than supporting fellow female Hillary Clinton) to meet potential male romantic partners.[163][171]

Media image[edit]

Ratajkowski has been frequently named in lists and polls that rank beauty or fashion in the media. She was ranked in Maxim‘s Hot 100 list in both 2014 (No. 62)[70] and 2015 (No. 2).[172] AskMen ranked her among its most desirable women of 2014 (No. 3)[72] and 2016 (No. 14);[173] while FHM ranked her among the sexiest in 2014 (No. 4),[69] and 2015 (No. 18).[174] She is also praised for her fashion sense: Ratajkowski made Vogue Italia’s Best Dressed List of 2015,[175] and Harper’s Bazaar placed her atop its best dressed list at the February 2016 New York Fashion Week.[176]

Ratajkowski’s began with a minor acting role in Gone Girl. She played herself in Entourage.[14][89] In their respective reviews of We Are Your Friends, Richard Roeper and Wesley Morris said that Ratajkowski, again playing the attractive object of affection, again failed to demonstrate acting prowess.[113][177]

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.[24][25][178] Elle magazine, Esquire magazine, and Harper’s Bazaar republished her letter.[179][180][181] Critics, including Glamour magazine’s Hayley Spencer,[182] The Huffington Post‘s Jenavieve Hatch,[183] and Rachael Moon of the Daily Mirror, praised it.[184] According to Cosmopolitan magazine’s Nikki Kinstlinger and Georgia Simmonds of Marie Claire, Ratajkowski finds self-empowerment in defining and owning the expression of her sexuality and body.[26][185] 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.[186] InStyle‘s Isabella Silvers concurred that “female sexuality isn’t always for the benefit of someone else”.[187] Charlotte Gill of The Independent admitted that she was in the minority in finding the letter “rambling” and “dull”.[188]

Ratajkowski defended Kim Kardashian from criticism when Kardashian posted a controversial naked selfie on Instagram in March, saying that women have the right to “express their sexuality and share their bodies however they choose”.[189] Then, Kardashian and Ratajkowski jointly advocated via social media for female sexual empowerment and against body shaming; nearly one million social media followers responded positively, and prominent global media outlets took notice.[190][191][192]

Following her letter and social media statement, the controversy about her feminism heightened. Piers Morgan stated that Ratajkowski’s form of feminism was a misguided affront to true feminism,[193] labeling it pseudo-feminist gibberish.[194] After Morgan wrote that “feminism as it was intended is dead”, the Chicago Tribune‘s Heidi Stevens, as well as The Daily Telegraph‘s Helen Pankhurst (Emmeline Pankhurst‘s great-granddaughter) said that Ratajkowski neither killed nor bolstered feminism.[195][196] Women’s Wear Daily‘s Taylor Harris questioned the impact of Ratajkowski’s feminism.[197] The Independent‘s Gill questioned Ratajkowski’s feminism, saying that her professional activities “continued to advocate industries that treat us as pieces of meat”.[188] Heather Saul of The Independent wrote in support of Ratajkowski in an article subtitled “Ratajkowski is becoming an important feminist voice in the debate over female censorship and sexuality”.[198] New York‘s Allie Jones called Ratajkowski “the best feminist celeb”.[199]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Andrew’s Alteration Young Girl Short film
2005 A Year and a Day Girl
2014 Gone Girl Andie Fitzgerald
2015 Entourage Herself
2015 We Are Your Friends Sophie

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009–10 iCarly Tasha Episodes: “iSpeed Date”, “iEnrage Gibby”
2015 The Spoils Before Dying Agent Day 3 episodes
2016 Easy Allison Lizowska Episode: “Art and Life”

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2012 Fast Car Taio Cruz
2013 Blurred Lines Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell
2013 Love Somebody Maroon 5
2016 “Inseparable” Dima Bilan

Magazine cover history[edit]

Magazine cover history as of 9 November 2016[update]
Magazine Country Date Photographer Notes
treats! United States 000000002012-03-01-0000March 2012 [200]
GQ Turkey 000000002013-03-01-0000March 2013 Tony Kelly [35]
CR Fashion Book United States Fall/Winter 2013 Bruce Weber [201]
S moda Spain 000000002014-03-01-0000March 1, 2014 Tetsu Kubota [202]
GQ United States 000000002014-07-01-0000July 2014 Michael Thompson [75]
Ocean Drive United States 000000002014-09-01-0000September 2014 Tony Duran [203]
Cosmopolitan United States 000000002014-11-01-0000November 2014 Eric Ray Davidson [204]
FHM United Kingdom 000000002015-02-01-0000February 2015 unknown [205]
Cosmopolitan Italy 000000002015-06-01-0000June 2015 Eric Ray Davidson [206]
Cosmopolitan Singapore 000000002015-06-01-0000June 2015 Eric Ray Davidson [207]
Cosmopolitan South Africa 000000002015-07-01-0000July 2015 Eric Ray Davidson [208]
Grazia Italy 000000002015-08-14-0000August 14, 2015 unknown [209]
GQ United Kingdom 000000002015-09-01-0000September 2015 Mario Testino [210]
Harper by Harper’s Bazaar United States 000000002015-09-01-0000September 2015 Will Davidson [211]
Editorialist United States Fall/Winter 2015 Derek Kettela [212]
InStyle United Kingdom 000000002015-10-01-0000October 2015 Jenny Gage and Tom Betterton [213]
InStyle Australia 000000002015-10-01-0000October 2015 Jenny Gage and Tom Betterton [214]
Le Petit Voyeur Denmark 000000002015-12-01-0000December 2015 Jonathan Leder [215]
GQ Spain 000000002016-01-01-0000January 2016 Mario Testino [216]
GQ Russia 000000002016-02-01-0000February 2016 Mario Testino [217]
Madame Figaro France 000000002016-05-01-0000May 2016 unknown [218]
ES magazine United Kingdom 000000002016-05-20-0000May 20, 2016 David Bellemere [219]
Tatler Russia 000000002016-07-01-0000July 2016 unknown [220]
Vogue Germany 000000002016-08-01-0000August 2016 Giampaolo Sgura [221]
C California Style Magazine United States 000000002016-09-01-0000September 2016 Beau Grealy [222]
Glamour United States 000000002016-10-01-0000October 2016 Carter Smith [223]

Emily Ratajkowski

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Emily Ratajkowski
Brunette white woman with a black hat in a white turtleneck with dark overalls

Ratajkowski in 2016
Born Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski
(1991-06-07) June 7, 1991 (age 25)
London, England, UK
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
Years active 2004–present
Website Official website
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Hair color Brown[1]
Eye color Brown[1]
Manager Ford Models[1]

Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski[2] (/ˌrɑːtˈkɒfski/; born June 7, 1991)[3] is an American actress and model. Born to American parents in London and raised primarily in California, she rose to prominence in 2013 after appearing in the music video for Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines“, which became the number one song of the year in several countries and attracted controversy over its purported sexist content.

Ratajkowski’s modeling career has progressed from retail ad work to art house erotica and high fashion. She appeared on the cover of the March 2012 issue of the erotic magazine treats!, which led to her being asked to appear in two music videos – “Blurred Lines” and Maroon 5‘s “Love Somebody“. She appeared in the 2014 and 2015 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues. Ratajkowski made her professional runway modeling debut for Marc Jacobs at New York Fashion Week in 2015 and has since walked on the Paris Fashion Week runway for Miu Miu. She appeared in a Buick Super Bowl commercial during Super Bowl 50.

Ratajkowski began acting as a child in the San Diego area before she gained a recurring role on iCarly and later roles in major films. Her feature film debut was as the mistress of Ben Affleck‘s character in the 2014 film Gone Girl. Ratajkowski’s 2015 roles included the films Entourage and We Are Your Friends (her first leading role) as well as the miniseries The Spoils Before Dying.

Ratajkowski is an advocate for women’s health issues as a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood and supports the right of women to express their sexuality. Her claim to being a feminist has been both supported and disputed. She is known for her sex appeal and fashion sense.

Early life[edit]

Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski was born on June 7, 1991, in Westminster, London, the only child[4] of Kathleen Balgley and John David “J. D.”[5] Ratajkowski,[6] both American.[7] Balgley, a professor of English, was teaching under the Fulbright Program,[8] when she met J. D., a painter and art teacher,[6] while they were both teaching at San Dieguito Academy.[5][9] At the time of their daughter’s birth, they were aged 39 and 45, respectively,[10] and unmarried.[8] Ratajkowski describes her mother as a “feminist and intellectual”.[6][11] The family lived in West Kensington and Bloomsbury[12] before they settled in the United States in San Diego, California, when Ratajkowski was five.[6][13] She was raised primarily in nearby Encinitas in a small house near the ocean.[14] Balgley formerly taught at California Polytechnic State University.[14]

Ratajkowski is of Polish, Irish and Polish Jewish descent.[9][15] Her father was raised Catholic, while her mother was raised Jewish.[5] Ratajkowski describes her heritage as “Polish Israeli”.[9][16] She lived in, and traveled to, many parts of Europe as a youth, including long periods in the Irish town of Bantry and on the Spanish island of Mallorca.[7][13] She spent her young adult summers in Ireland until she became a full-time model.[9]

Before Ratajkowski left London at the age of five, she was obsessed with theater.[17] She began acting as a child, staging shows for her family.[18] Ratajkowski’s first formal role was as Elsa in an adaptation of The Little Match Girl at the North Coast Repertory Theatre School in Solana Beach, California.[4] Later, in 2004, she played Harriet in the interactive Lyceum Theatre production of Harriet Potter and the Throne of Applewort.[19] Ratajkowski grew up without television; she tried soccer, acting, and ballet before modeling.[2]

Ratajkowski visited nude beaches in Europe with her family during her youth.[6] Exposure to the nude female figure in photography and art during her formative years, including the work of her father,[20] as well as the photography of Helmut Newton and Herb Ritts, prepared Ratajkowski for nude work. She is comfortable with the naked body, and states, “We have this culture of men, especially, watching pornography, but then [they are] offended by a classic nude portrait or photograph, and I’ve never felt that way.”[21] Ratajkowski was also influenced by third-wave feminism and works such as The Beauty Myth and Promiscuities by Naomi Wolf.[22][23] She was a physically mature young teenager who endured pressure to limit expressing her sexuality[24][25] and how she presented herself.[26]

Career[edit]

Black and white side-view photo of Caucasian brunette sitting completely nude with her knees tucked to her chest

The March 2012 Issue 3 treats! cover featuring Ratajkowski is the image that led to her being cast in the video for “Blurred Lines

With encouragement from an acting coach, Ratajkowski met and signed with a talent agent who contacted Ford Models.[18] That same day,[17] she signed with Ford at age 14 and went on to do teen print catalog modeling for Kohl’s and Nordstrom.[6] At 15, Ratajkowski began auditioning for Disney and iCarly roles,[17] but as she pursued acting she was often cast as a “bitchy girl”,[6] cheerleader, or other limited role.[27] She attended San Dieguito Academy high school in San Diego, while modeling and acting in Los Angeles.[27] After two nondescript movie roles, she appeared as Gibby’s girlfriend, Tasha, in two episodes of the third season of Nickelodeon‘s iCarly (2009–2010).[2][28] Her manager discouraged her from pursuing many acting engagements until she could be more selective.[6][27]

Ratajkowski attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for one year in 2009, then decided to model full-time.[6] She found the fine art education at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture arbitrary and in conflict with her artistic concepts. She did not enjoy socializing with fellow students.[29]

After campaigns and editorials with photographer Tony Duran,[9] Ratajkowski began shooting more fashion editorials and posed for several early issues of the artistic erotica magazine treats!, including the cover of its third issue, in March 2012.[6][30] She credits that cover for bringing her the two unsolicited, high-profile, music video roles.[11][31] Ratajkowski later filmed commercials for Nikon and Carl’s Jr.,[6] including multiple versions of a 2012 Carl’s Jr. commercial with Sara Jean Underwood.[16][32] She also did nude and clothed art magazine modeling,[14] as well as work for Frederick’s of Hollywood;[33] a 2012 holiday video and a 2011 Valentine’s video in which Ratajkowski appeared for the company are among the most popular videos on the company’s YouTube channel.[34] Ratajkowski worked with photographer Tony Kelly for the March 2013 GQ Turkey cover.[35]

Music video performances[edit]

Ratajkowski appeared in Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell Williams‘s 2013 video, “Blurred Lines“.[2][6] Previously, Ratajkowski had been cast in two other music videos: “Fast Car” by Taio Cruz,[36] which was released on November 5, 2012,[37] and Maroon 5‘s “Love Somebody“,[2] which was released two months after “Blurred Lines”.[2][11]

“Love Somebody”, shot on January 13,[38] and “Blurred Lines” were both produced in 2013.[2][39] The video for “Love Somebody” was released on May 21, 2013.[40] Directed by Rich Lee, it shows bare-chested Adam Levine using inverse green screen technology to rub paint onto Ratajkowski with his hands. As they touch, they reveal each other.[41][42]

Thicke had seen Ratajkowski’s treats! cover that The New York Times‘s Bee Shapiro described as “an artfully composed black-and-white photograph of Ms. Ratajkowski sitting completely nude with her knees tucked to her chest” and convinced director Diane Martel to cast her in the “Blurred Lines” music video. Martel felt that “she looked smart and stunningly beautiful” in the photo.[6] Ratajkowski initially declined the role, fearing being classified as a music video model,[6] but Martel persuaded her.[14] The video was released on March 20, 2013.[43] On March 28, Thicke posted an explicit version,[44][45] with a topless Ratajkowski.[11]

“Blurred Lines” was controversial: its video was called sexist for its perceived degradation of women,[46] and some felt its lyrics promoted rape.[47][48] Others disagreed,[49][50] asserting that the lyrics supported female power and sexual freedom.[51] Martel defended Ratajkowski’s performance, saying: “it’s very, very funny and subtly ridiculing.”[46] Ratajkowski did not think of the video as sexist[11] and claimed that the producers, through the use of humor and sarcasm, “took something that on paper sounded really sexist and misogynistic and made it more interesting”.[52][53] She said that the song “gave me an opportunity to say the things that I felt about feminism today and about women in general in pop culture.”[21] Ratajkowski did not feel objectified and enjoyed performing in a sexual manner:[54] the attention given to the nudity in the video, she said, shows that America has not advanced as far as it should have,[21] and, she believes, society represses sexuality, which is bad for both sexes.[4]

“Blurred Lines”, and Ratajkowski’s associated video performance, was prominent beyond the sociopolitical controversies. The song became the number one song of 2013 on music charts in many countries, including Canada,[55] Ireland,[56] the Netherlands,[57] New Zealand,[58] and the United Kingdom.[59] Although second on the year-end US Billboard Hot 100 chart,[60] the song’s twelve consecutive weeks at number one made it the longest-running number one song of the decade until “Uptown Funk” spent fourteen consecutive weeks at number one in 2015.[61][62] The song also remained in the news due to a copyright infringement lawsuit and appeal.[63][64][65]

Breakthrough[edit]

The “Blurred Lines” video garnered Ratajkowski notoriety,[11] especially as a sex symbol.[66] In October 2013, Esquire magazine named Ratajkowski “Woman of the Year”, over online fan vote finalist Jennifer Lawrence.[67] That December, Rolling Stone magazine listed her among its twenty hottest sex symbols.[66] In February 2014, Sports Illustrated magazine named Ratajkowski as one of twelve 50th anniversary swimsuit issue rookies.[68] In April, FHM ranked her the fourth sexiest woman in the world.[69] Maxim magazine included Ratajkowski at number 62 on its 2014 Hot 100 list.[70][71] AskMen ranked her the third most desirable woman of 2014.[72]

Ratajkowski was on the July 2013 cover of CR Fashion Book, which included erotic scenes with Karlie Kloss and male models, photographed by Bruce Weber.[6][11][73] On June 24, she appeared topless in the July 2014 American GQ cover story, photographed by Michael Thompson.[74][75] A controversy ensued at retailer Lands’ End, some of whose customers received the issue for free. Some customers objected to the racy images, forcing Lands’ End CEO Edgar Huber to apologize.[76]

Portrait of a brunette Caucasian with red lipstick from above

Ratajkowski photographed for Day 16 of LOVE‘s Advent 2014

Ratajkowski leveraged her sudden prominence into supporting roles in major films.[6] Ratajkowski played Andie Fitzgerald, the mistress of Ben Affleck‘s character, in David Fincher‘s 2014 adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s novel Gone Girl.[77] Affleck encouraged Fincher to consider Ratajkowski after seeing the “Blurred Lines” video.[21] U-T San Diego described Ratajkowski’s performance as “nuanced”,[4] while Andrew O’Hehir of Salon and Wesley Morris of Grantland wrote that her small role as a “duplicitous and manipulative former student” was critical.[78][79] Reflecting on the performance in 2016, Wolf described Ratajkowski’s portrayal as sympathetic and compassionate.[17]

Days after Gone Girl‘s September 26, 2014, New York Film Festival premiere,[80][81] Ratajkowski became the cover model for the November 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan.[82] On October 30, 2014, she appeared with Taylor Kitsch in the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare live-action trailer.[83][84] Ratajkowski appeared on the February 2015 FHM cover,[85] but she tweeted that her picture was used without her consent.[86][87] FHM responded that “we liked the pictures so much we stuck one on our front cover”.[88]

Ratajkowski co-starred in the 2015 film Entourage as a fictionalized version of herself,[14][89] playing the love interest of Adrian Grenier‘s character, Vincent Chase.[90] Her performance received critical commentary ranging from “less than compelling”, by the The Hollywood Reporter‘s Sheri Linden, to “uncanny realism”, by The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Steven Rea.[91][92] Grantland‘s Morris described her role and performance with scathing sarcasm.[93] She was also cast in the 2015 miniseries The Spoils Before Dying as Agent Day, appearing late in the series.[94][95][96] Her performance was favorably reviewed by Emily L. Stephens of The A.V. Club,[97] while other critics commented that she was part of a solid supporting cast.[98][99]

Ratajkowski earned her first leading role, opposite Zac Efron, in We Are Your Friends,[100] a musical drama released in August 2015, and was part of the film’s promotional tour to Europe and North America.[101] Starting with the August 11 London premiere,[102][103] this tour marked her ascension as a style icon as she earned multiple best dressed citations from various sources.[104][105] She played Stanford University dropout Sophie,[106] the love interest of Efron’s character and girlfriend/personal assistant of Wes Bentley‘s character.[107] Her performance received mixed reviews. Alonso Duralde of TheWrap described the role as thin, as did Ty Burr of The Boston Globe.[108][109] Burr said that Ratajkowski’s performance was “surpassingly dull”,[108] while Nell Minow of Beliefnet stated that she “does more posing than acting”.[110] Kyle Smith of the New York Post described her performance as “quietly entrancing”,[111] and Jordan Hoffman of the Daily News described Ratajkowski’s performance as “stunning and sweet”.[112] Robbie Collin of The Daily Telegraph and Grantland‘s Morris noted Ratajkowski’s rhythmic dancing skills and sex appeal, as previously seen in “Blurred Lines”.[113][114]

Around the time of the release of We Are Your Friends, Ratajkowski appeared on the covers of Grazia France,[115] British GQ,[116] harper by Harper’s Bazaar,[117] InStyle UK,[118] and InStyle Australia,[119] as well as a role as a 2015 MTV Video Music Awards presenter.[120][121] The British GQ cover story was photographed by Mario Testino, who produced a short film featuring Ratajkowski for the magazine’s website.[54][122] Soon after, on September 17, 2015, she made her runway debut for Marc Jacobs at the spring/summer 2016 New York Fashion Week finale.[123][124] This appearance contributed to her number one listing among Vogue‘s 12 Breakout Beauty Stars of 2015.[125] For fall/winter 2016 fashions, Ratajkowski walked the Paris Fashion Week runway for Miu Miu on March 9, 2016.[126][127] She has expressed the desire to break barriers for shorter and more curvaceous models, commenting: “You don’t have to be 5’9″ and an A-cup to be a successful model.”[128]

A Buick Super Bowl ad for its Cascada convertible during Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016, featured Ratajkowski and Odell Beckham, Jr.[129][130] The ad, in which she made a wedding bouquet catch reminiscent of Beckham’s famous catch from 2014,[131][132] received average ratings, according to USA Today‘s admeter.[133] The ad was filmed with a stunt double making the catch.[134] Los Angeles-based jewelry designer Jacquie Aiche featured Ratajkowski in a spring 2016 campaign wearing almost nothing but body chains, rings, bracelets, pendants, and chokers.[135][136][137] In May, Ratajkowski appeared in the Russian-language music video “Inseparable” (sometimes translated as “Indivisible”) with Russian entertainer Dima Bilan as a photographer and Ratajkowski as his muse.[138][139][140]

As of June 2016[update], Ratajkowski has a variety of upcoming roles. She will play Jessica Weintraub, the female lead opposite Spencer Boldman in the film Cruise, which is written and directed by Robert Siegel.[141] Ratajkowski was hired as part of the cast of the film In Darkness, alongside Natalie Dormer, Ed Skrein, and Stacy Martin.[142] She will also be involved in Joe Swanberg‘s Netflix series, Easy.[143][144] In June 2016, she stated she was filming for Project Runway.[145] Ratajkowski was one of five models to appear on the August 2016 Vogue Germany alternate covers along with Stella Maxwell, Irina Shayk, Lily Aldridge and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.[146] Along with Joan Smalls and Kate Upton, Ratajkowski was one of three models for the October Glamour cover.[147] The cover story, which was shot by Carter Smith and includes an essay by Ratajkowski, says she has become known as an activist who considers being both sexual and serious to be non-conflicting ambitions.[148] She was a guest judge on the October 20, Project Runway season 15 episode.[149]

Personal life[edit]

In February 2014, Ratajkowski broke up with her boyfriend Andrew Dryden, a creative director and menswear buyer.[150][151] In September 2014, Ratajkowski was a victim in a female celebrity hacking and internet posting wave of stolen nude iCloud photographs.[152][153] In December 2014, Us Weekly confirmed she had begun dating musician Jeff Magid.[154]

Ratajkowski has raised funds,[155] done public service announcements,[156][157] and committed to a short film promoting reproductive and sexual health for Planned Parenthood (PPFA).[158][159] She describes PPFA as her main charity because of its role in women’s health.[155] Ratajkowski’s involvement has drawn ire from right to life advocates such as the National Right to Life Committee.[160]

Ratajkowski says that she enjoys freedom of sexual expression “while still being a feminist”,[82] and is outspoken about using her celebrity to support the empowerment of women and women’s sexuality.[161] Amanda Hess of Slate questioned whether she is a feminist or an opportunist exploiting feminism.[162] In The New York Times, Ratajkowski expressed her frustration that “society somehow feels that women can’t manage to be political, feminist and a sex symbol”.[163] She has called society’s reaction to the naked female form “weird”.[164] As a woman who enjoys expressions of the body ranging from ballet to pornography, Ratajkowski feels that she can be nude in her professional work and also support equality for women.[165] British GQ‘s Charlie Burton stated that she is a feminist with more to say than others. He said that her message is one of sexual empowerment, because sex should not feel like a service and should be beneficial to all involved parties.[54] Wolf said Ratajkowski is a modern feminist in a Harper’s Bazaar interview of Ratajkowski,[17] in which Ratajkowski defended her form of feminism.[166][167]

On the eve of the February 2016 New Hampshire Democratic primary, Ratajkowski spoke at a Bernie Sanders rally in New Hampshire to endorse his campaign.[168][169][170] One of the main points of her speech, and her social media activity surrounding it, was to counter Gloria Steinem‘s statement that young female Sanders supporters were involved in the campaign (rather than supporting fellow female Hillary Clinton) to meet potential male romantic partners.[163][171]

Media image[edit]

Ratajkowski has been frequently named in lists and polls that rank beauty or fashion in the media. She was ranked in Maxim‘s Hot 100 list in both 2014 (No. 62)[70] and 2015 (No. 2).[172] AskMen ranked her among its most desirable women of 2014 (No. 3)[72] and 2016 (No. 14);[173] while FHM ranked her among the sexiest in 2014 (No. 4),[69] and 2015 (No. 18).[174] She is also praised for her fashion sense: Ratajkowski made Vogue Italia’s Best Dressed List of 2015,[175] and Harper’s Bazaar placed her atop its best dressed list at the February 2016 New York Fashion Week.[176]

Ratajkowski’s began with a minor acting role in Gone Girl. She played herself in Entourage.[14][89] In their respective reviews of We Are Your Friends, Richard Roeper and Wesley Morris said that Ratajkowski, again playing the attractive object of affection, again failed to demonstrate acting prowess.[113][177]

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.[24][25][178] Elle magazine, Esquire magazine, and Harper’s Bazaar republished her letter.[179][180][181] Critics, including Glamour magazine’s Hayley Spencer,[182] The Huffington Post‘s Jenavieve Hatch,[183] and Rachael Moon of the Daily Mirror, praised it.[184] According to Cosmopolitan magazine’s Nikki Kinstlinger and Georgia Simmonds of Marie Claire, Ratajkowski finds self-empowerment in defining and owning the expression of her sexuality and body.[26][185] 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.[186] InStyle‘s Isabella Silvers concurred that “female sexuality isn’t always for the benefit of someone else”.[187] Charlotte Gill of The Independent admitted that she was in the minority in finding the letter “rambling” and “dull”.[188]

Ratajkowski defended Kim Kardashian from criticism when Kardashian posted a controversial naked selfie on Instagram in March, saying that women have the right to “express their sexuality and share their bodies however they choose”.[189] Then, Kardashian and Ratajkowski jointly advocated via social media for female sexual empowerment and against body shaming; nearly one million social media followers responded positively, and prominent global media outlets took notice.[190][191][192]

Following her letter and social media statement, the controversy about her feminism heightened. Piers Morgan stated that Ratajkowski’s form of feminism was a misguided affront to true feminism,[193] labeling it pseudo-feminist gibberish.[194] After Morgan wrote that “feminism as it was intended is dead”, the Chicago Tribune‘s Heidi Stevens, as well as The Daily Telegraph‘s Helen Pankhurst (Emmeline Pankhurst‘s great-granddaughter) said that Ratajkowski neither killed nor bolstered feminism.[195][196] Women’s Wear Daily‘s Taylor Harris questioned the impact of Ratajkowski’s feminism.[197] The Independent‘s Gill questioned Ratajkowski’s feminism, saying that her professional activities “continued to advocate industries that treat us as pieces of meat”.[188] Heather Saul of The Independent wrote in support of Ratajkowski in an article subtitled “Ratajkowski is becoming an important feminist voice in the debate over female censorship and sexuality”.[198] New York‘s Allie Jones called Ratajkowski “the best feminist celeb”.[199]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Andrew’s Alteration Young Girl Short film
2005 A Year and a Day Girl
2014 Gone Girl Andie Fitzgerald
2015 Entourage Herself
2015 We Are Your Friends Sophie

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009–10 iCarly Tasha Episodes: “iSpeed Date”, “iEnrage Gibby”
2015 The Spoils Before Dying Agent Day 3 episodes
2016 Easy Allison Lizowska Episode: “Art and Life”

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2012 Fast Car Taio Cruz
2013 Blurred Lines Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell
2013 Love Somebody Maroon 5
2016 “Inseparable” Dima Bilan

Magazine cover history[edit]

Magazine cover history as of 12 July 2016[update]
Magazine Country Date Photographer Notes
treats! United States 000000002012-03-01-0000March 2012 [200]
GQ Turkey 000000002013-03-01-0000March 2013 Tony Kelly [35]
CR Fashion Book United States Fall/Winter 2013 Bruce Weber [201]
S moda Spain 000000002014-03-01-0000March 1, 2014 Tetsu Kubota [202]
GQ United States 000000002014-07-01-0000July 2014 Michael Thompson [75]
Ocean Drive United States 000000002014-09-01-0000September 2014 Tony Duran [203]
Cosmopolitan United States 000000002014-11-01-0000November 2014 Eric Ray Davidson [204]
FHM United Kingdom 000000002015-02-01-0000February 2015 unknown [205]
Cosmopolitan Italy 000000002015-06-01-0000June 2015 Eric Ray Davidson [206]
Cosmopolitan Singapore 000000002015-06-01-0000June 2015 Eric Ray Davidson [207]
Cosmopolitan South Africa 000000002015-07-01-0000July 2015 Eric Ray Davidson [208]
Grazia Italy 000000002015-08-14-0000August 14, 2015 unknown [209]
GQ United Kingdom 000000002015-09-01-0000September 2015 Mario Testino [210]
Harper by Harper’s Bazaar United States 000000002015-09-01-0000September 2015 Will Davidson [211]
Editorialist United States Fall/Winter 2015 Derek Kettela [212]
InStyle United Kingdom 000000002015-10-01-0000October 2015 Jenny Gage and Tom Betterton [213]
InStyle Australia 000000002015-10-01-0000October 2015 Jenny Gage and Tom Betterton [214]
Le Petit Voyeur Denmark 000000002015-12-01-0000December 2015 Jonathan Leder [215]
GQ Spain 000000002016-01-01-0000January 2016 Mario Testino [216]
GQ Russia 000000002016-02-01-0000February 2016 Mario Testino [217]
Madame Figaro France 000000002016-05-01-0000May 2016 unknown [218]
ES magazine United Kingdom 000000002016-05-20-0000May 20, 2016 David Bellemere [219]
Tatler Russia 000000002016-07-01-0000July 2016 unknown [220]
Vogue Germany 000000002016-08-01-0000August 2016 Giampaolo Sgura [221]
C California Style Magazine United States 000000002016-09-01-0000September 2016 Beau Grealy [222]
Glamour United States 000000002016-10-01-0000October 2016 Carter Smith [

Emily Ratajkowski

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Emily Ratajkowski
Brunette white woman with a black hat in a white turtleneck with dark overalls

Ratajkowski in 2016
Born Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski
(1991-06-07) June 7, 1991 (age 25)
London, England, UK
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
Years active 2004–present
Website Official website
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Hair color Brown[1]
Eye color Brown[1]
Manager Ford Models[1]

Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski[2] (/ˌrɑːtˈkɒfski/; born June 7, 1991)[3] is an American actress and model. Born to American parents in London and raised primarily in California, she rose to prominence in 2013 after appearing in the music video for Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines“, which became the number one song of the year in several countries and attracted controversy over its purported sexist content.

Ratajkowski’s modeling career has progressed from retail ad work to art house erotica and high fashion. She appeared on the cover of the March 2012 issue of the erotic magazine treats!, which led to her being asked to appear in two music videos – “Blurred Lines” and Maroon 5‘s “Love Somebody“. She appeared in the 2014 and 2015 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues. Ratajkowski made her professional runway modeling debut for Marc Jacobs at New York Fashion Week in 2015 and has since walked on the Paris Fashion Week runway for Miu Miu. She appeared in a Buick Super Bowl commercial during Super Bowl 50.

Ratajkowski began acting as a child in the San Diego area before she gained a recurring role on iCarly and later roles in major films. Her feature film debut was as the mistress of Ben Affleck‘s character in the 2014 film Gone Girl. Ratajkowski’s 2015 roles included the films Entourage and We Are Your Friends (her first leading role) as well as the miniseries The Spoils Before Dying.

Ratajkowski is an advocate for women’s health issues as a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood and supports the right of women to express their sexuality. Her claim to being a feminist has been both supported and disputed. She is known for her sex appeal and fashion sense.

Early life[edit]

Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski was born on June 7, 1991, in Westminster, London, the only child[4] of Kathleen Balgley and John David “J. D.”[5] Ratajkowski,[6] both American.[7] Balgley, a professor of English, was teaching under the Fulbright Program,[8] when she met J. D., a painter and art teacher,[6] while they were both teaching at San Dieguito Academy.[5][9] At the time of their daughter’s birth, they were aged 39 and 45, respectively,[10] and unmarried.[8] Ratajkowski describes her mother as a “feminist and intellectual”.[6][11] The family lived in West Kensington and Bloomsbury[12] before they settled in the United States in San Diego, California, when Ratajkowski was five.[6][13] She was raised primarily in nearby Encinitas in a small house near the ocean.[14] Balgley formerly taught at California Polytechnic State University.[14]

Ratajkowski is of Polish, Irish and Polish Jewish descent.[9][15] Her father was raised Catholic, while her mother was raised Jewish.[5] Ratajkowski describes her heritage as “Polish Israeli”.[9][16] She lived in, and traveled to, many parts of Europe as a youth, including long periods in the Irish town of Bantry and on the Spanish island of Mallorca.[7][13] She spent her young adult summers in Ireland until she became a full-time model.[9]

Before Ratajkowski left London at the age of five, she was obsessed with theater.[17] She began acting as a child, staging shows for her family.[18] Ratajkowski’s first formal role was as Elsa in an adaptation of The Little Match Girl at the North Coast Repertory Theatre School in Solana Beach, California.[4] Later, in 2004, she played Harriet in the interactive Lyceum Theatre production of Harriet Potter and the Throne of Applewort.[19] Ratajkowski grew up without television; she tried soccer, acting, and ballet before modeling.[2]

Ratajkowski visited nude beaches in Europe with her family during her youth.[6] Exposure to the nude female figure in photography and art during her formative years, including the work of her father,[20] as well as the photography of Helmut Newton and Herb Ritts, prepared Ratajkowski for nude work. She is comfortable with the naked body, and states, “We have this culture of men, especially, watching pornography, but then [they are] offended by a classic nude portrait or photograph, and I’ve never felt that way.”[21] Ratajkowski was also influenced by third-wave feminism and works such as The Beauty Myth and Promiscuities by Naomi Wolf.[22][23] She was a physically mature young teenager who endured pressure to limit expressing her sexuality[24][25] and how she presented herself.[26]

Career[edit]

Black and white side-view photo of Caucasian brunette sitting completely nude with her knees tucked to her chest

The March 2012 Issue 3 treats! cover featuring Ratajkowski is the image that led to her being cast in the video for “Blurred Lines

With encouragement from an acting coach, Ratajkowski met and signed with a talent agent who contacted Ford Models.[18] That same day,[17] she signed with Ford at age 14 and went on to do teen print catalog modeling for Kohl’s and Nordstrom.[6] At 15, Ratajkowski began auditioning for Disney and iCarly roles,[17] but as she pursued acting she was often cast as a “bitchy girl”,[6] cheerleader, or other limited role.[27] She attended San Dieguito Academy high school in San Diego, while modeling and acting in Los Angeles.[27] After two nondescript movie roles, she appeared as Gibby’s girlfriend, Tasha, in two episodes of the third season of Nickelodeon‘s iCarly (2009–2010).[2][28] Her manager discouraged her from pursuing many acting engagements until she could be more selective.[6][27]

Ratajkowski attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for one year in 2009, then decided to model full-time.[6] She found the fine art education at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture arbitrary and in conflict with her artistic concepts. She did not enjoy socializing with fellow students.[29]

After campaigns and editorials with photographer Tony Duran,[9] Ratajkowski began shooting more fashion editorials and posed for several early issues of the artistic erotica magazine treats!, including the cover of its third issue, in March 2012.[6][30] She credits that cover for bringing her the two unsolicited, high-profile, music video roles.[11][31] Ratajkowski later filmed commercials for Nikon and Carl’s Jr.,[6] including multiple versions of a 2012 Carl’s Jr. commercial with Sara Jean Underwood.[16][32] She also did nude and clothed art magazine modeling,[14] as well as work for Frederick’s of Hollywood;[33] a 2012 holiday video and a 2011 Valentine’s video in which Ratajkowski appeared for the company are among the most popular videos on the company’s YouTube channel.[34] Ratajkowski worked with photographer Tony Kelly for the March 2013 GQ Turkey cover.[35]

Music video performances[edit]

Ratajkowski appeared in Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell Williams‘s 2013 video, “Blurred Lines“.[2][6] Previously, Ratajkowski had been cast in two other music videos: “Fast Car” by Taio Cruz,[36] which was released on November 5, 2012,[37] and Maroon 5‘s “Love Somebody“,[2] which was released two months after “Blurred Lines”.[2][11]

“Love Somebody”, shot on January 13,[38] and “Blurred Lines” were both produced in 2013.[2][39] The video for “Love Somebody” was released on May 21, 2013.[40] Directed by Rich Lee, it shows bare-chested Adam Levine using inverse green screen technology to rub paint onto Ratajkowski with his hands. As they touch, they reveal each other.[41][42]

Thicke had seen Ratajkowski’s treats! cover that The New York Times‘s Bee Shapiro described as “an artfully composed black-and-white photograph of Ms. Ratajkowski sitting completely nude with her knees tucked to her chest” and convinced director Diane Martel to cast her in the “Blurred Lines” music video. Martel felt that “she looked smart and stunningly beautiful” in the photo.[6] Ratajkowski initially declined the role, fearing being classified as a music video model,[6] but Martel persuaded her.[14] The video was released on March 20, 2013.[43] On March 28, Thicke posted an explicit version,[44][45] with a topless Ratajkowski.[11]

“Blurred Lines” was controversial: its video was called sexist for its perceived degradation of women,[46] and some felt its lyrics promoted rape.[47][48] Others disagreed,[49][50] asserting that the lyrics supported female power and sexual freedom.[51] Martel defended Ratajkowski’s performance, saying: “it’s very, very funny and subtly ridiculing.”[46] Ratajkowski did not think of the video as sexist[11] and claimed that the producers, through the use of humor and sarcasm, “took something that on paper sounded really sexist and misogynistic and made it more interesting”.[52][53] She said that the song “gave me an opportunity to say the things that I felt about feminism today and about women in general in pop culture.”[21] Ratajkowski did not feel objectified and enjoyed performing in a sexual manner:[54] the attention given to the nudity in the video, she said, shows that America has not advanced as far as it should have,[21] and, she believes, society represses sexuality, which is bad for both sexes.[4]

“Blurred Lines”, and Ratajkowski’s associated video performance, was prominent beyond the sociopolitical controversies. The song became the number one song of 2013 on music charts in many countries, including Canada,[55] Ireland,[56] the Netherlands,[57] New Zealand,[58] and the United Kingdom.[59] Although second on the year-end US Billboard Hot 100 chart,[60] the song’s twelve consecutive weeks at number one made it the longest-running number one song of the decade until “Uptown Funk” spent fourteen consecutive weeks at number one in 2015.[61][62] The song also remained in the news due to a copyright infringement lawsuit and appeal.[63][64][65]

Breakthrough[edit]

The “Blurred Lines” video garnered Ratajkowski notoriety,[11] especially as a sex symbol.[66] In October 2013, Esquire magazine named Ratajkowski “Woman of the Year”, over online fan vote finalist Jennifer Lawrence.[67] That December, Rolling Stone magazine listed her among its twenty hottest sex symbols.[66] In February 2014, Sports Illustrated magazine named Ratajkowski as one of twelve 50th anniversary swimsuit issue rookies.[68] In April, FHM ranked her the fourth sexiest woman in the world.[69] Maxim magazine included Ratajkowski at number 62 on its 2014 Hot 100 list.[70][71] AskMen ranked her the third most desirable woman of 2014.[72]

Ratajkowski was on the July 2013 cover of CR Fashion Book, which included erotic scenes with Karlie Kloss and male models, photographed by Bruce Weber.[6][11][73] On June 24, she appeared topless in the July 2014 American GQ cover story, photographed by Michael Thompson.[74][75] A controversy ensued at retailer Lands’ End, some of whose customers received the issue for free. Some customers objected to the racy images, forcing Lands’ End CEO Edgar Huber to apologize.[76]

Portrait of a brunette Caucasian with red lipstick from above

Ratajkowski photographed for Day 16 of LOVE‘s Advent 2014

Ratajkowski leveraged her sudden prominence into supporting roles in major films.[6] Ratajkowski played Andie Fitzgerald, the mistress of Ben Affleck‘s character, in David Fincher‘s 2014 adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s novel Gone Girl.[77] Affleck encouraged Fincher to consider Ratajkowski after seeing the “Blurred Lines” video.[21] U-T San Diego described Ratajkowski’s performance as “nuanced”,[4] while Andrew O’Hehir of Salon and Wesley Morris of Grantland wrote that her small role as a “duplicitous and manipulative former student” was critical.[78][79] Reflecting on the performance in 2016, Wolf described Ratajkowski’s portrayal as sympathetic and compassionate.[17]

Days after Gone Girl‘s September 26, 2014, New York Film Festival premiere,[80][81] Ratajkowski became the cover model for the November 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan.[82] On October 30, 2014, she appeared with Taylor Kitsch in the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare live-action trailer.[83][84] Ratajkowski appeared on the February 2015 FHM cover,[85] but she tweeted that her picture was used without her consent.[86][87] FHM responded that “we liked the pictures so much we stuck one on our front cover”.[88]

Ratajkowski co-starred in the 2015 film Entourage as a fictionalized version of herself,[14][89] playing the love interest of Adrian Grenier‘s character, Vincent Chase.[90] Her performance received critical commentary ranging from “less than compelling”, by the The Hollywood Reporter‘s Sheri Linden, to “uncanny realism”, by The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Steven Rea.[91][92] Grantland‘s Morris described her role and performance with scathing sarcasm.[93] She was also cast in the 2015 miniseries The Spoils Before Dying as Agent Day, appearing late in the series.[94][95][96] Her performance was favorably reviewed by Emily L. Stephens of The A.V. Club,[97] while other critics commented that she was part of a solid supporting cast.[98][99]

Ratajkowski earned her first leading role, opposite Zac Efron, in We Are Your Friends,[100] a musical drama released in August 2015, and was part of the film’s promotional tour to Europe and North America.[101] Starting with the August 11 London premiere,[102][103] this tour marked her ascension as a style icon as she earned multiple best dressed citations from various sources.[104][105] She played Stanford University dropout Sophie,[106] the love interest of Efron’s character and girlfriend/personal assistant of Wes Bentley‘s character.[107] Her performance received mixed reviews. Alonso Duralde of TheWrap described the role as thin, as did Ty Burr of The Boston Globe.[108][109] Burr said that Ratajkowski’s performance was “surpassingly dull”,[108] while Nell Minow of Beliefnet stated that she “does more posing than acting”.[110] Kyle Smith of the New York Post described her performance as “quietly entrancing”,[111] and Jordan Hoffman of the Daily News described Ratajkowski’s performance as “stunning and sweet”.[112] Robbie Collin of The Daily Telegraph and Grantland‘s Morris noted Ratajkowski’s rhythmic dancing skills and sex appeal, as previously seen in “Blurred Lines”.[113][114]

Around the time of the release of We Are Your Friends, Ratajkowski appeared on the covers of Grazia France,[115] British GQ,[116] harper by Harper’s Bazaar,[117] InStyle UK,[118] and InStyle Australia,[119] as well as a role as a 2015 MTV Video Music Awards presenter.[120][121] The British GQ cover story was photographed by Mario Testino, who produced a short film featuring Ratajkowski for the magazine’s website.[54][122] Soon after, on September 17, 2015, she made her runway debut for Marc Jacobs at the spring/summer 2016 New York Fashion Week finale.[123][124] This appearance contributed to her number one listing among Vogue‘s 12 Breakout Beauty Stars of 2015.[125] For fall/winter 2016 fashions, Ratajkowski walked the Paris Fashion Week runway for Miu Miu on March 9, 2016.[126][127] She has expressed the desire to break barriers for shorter and more curvaceous models, commenting: “You don’t have to be 5’9″ and an A-cup to be a successful model.”[128]

A Buick Super Bowl ad for its Cascada convertible during Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016, featured Ratajkowski and Odell Beckham, Jr.[129][130] The ad, in which she made a wedding bouquet catch reminiscent of Beckham’s famous catch from 2014,[131][132] received average ratings, according to USA Today‘s admeter.[133] The ad was filmed with a stunt double making the catch.[134] Los Angeles-based jewelry designer Jacquie Aiche featured Ratajkowski in a spring 2016 campaign wearing almost nothing but body chains, rings, bracelets, pendants, and chokers.[135][136][137] In May, Ratajkowski appeared in the Russian-language music video “Inseparable” (sometimes translated as “Indivisible”) with Russian entertainer Dima Bilan as a photographer and Ratajkowski as his muse.[138][139][140]

As of June 2016[update], Ratajkowski has a variety of upcoming roles. She will play Jessica Weintraub, the female lead opposite Spencer Boldman in the film Cruise, which is written and directed by Robert Siegel.[141] Ratajkowski was hired as part of the cast of the film In Darkness, alongside Natalie Dormer, Ed Skrein, and Stacy Martin.[142] She will also be involved in Joe Swanberg‘s Netflix series, Easy.[143][144] In June 2016, she stated she was filming for Project Runway.[145] Ratajkowski was one of five models to appear on the August 2016 Vogue Germany alternate covers along with Stella Maxwell, Irina Shayk, Lily Aldridge and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.[146] Along with Joan Smalls and Kate Upton, Ratajkowski was one of three models for the October Glamour cover.[147] The cover story, which was shot by Carter Smith and includes an essay by Ratajkowski, says she has become known as an activist who considers being both sexual and serious to be non-conflicting ambitions.[148]

Personal life[edit]

In February 2014, Ratajkowski broke up with her boyfriend Andrew Dryden, a creative director and menswear buyer.[149][150] In September 2014, Ratajkowski was a victim in a female celebrity hacking and internet posting wave of stolen nude iCloud photographs.[151][152] In December 2014, Us Weekly confirmed she had begun dating musician Jeff Magid.[153]

Ratajkowski has raised funds,[154] done public service announcements,[155][156] and committed to a short film promoting reproductive and sexual health for Planned Parenthood (PPFA).[157][158] She describes PPFA as her main charity because of its role in women’s health.[154] Ratajkowski’s involvement has drawn ire from right to life advocates such as the National Right to Life Committee.[159]

Ratajkowski says that she enjoys freedom of sexual expression “while still being a feminist”,[82] and is outspoken about using her celebrity to support the empowerment of women and women’s sexuality.[160] Amanda Hess of Slate questioned whether she is a feminist or an opportunist exploiting feminism.[161] In The New York Times, Ratajkowski expressed her frustration that “society somehow feels that women can’t manage to be political, feminist and a sex symbol”.[162] She has called society’s reaction to the naked female form “weird”.[163] As a woman who enjoys expressions of the body ranging from ballet to pornography, Ratajkowski feels that she can be nude in her professional work and also support equality for women.[164] British GQ‘s Charlie Burton stated that she is a feminist with more to say than others. He said that her message is one of sexual empowerment, because sex should not feel like a service and should be beneficial to all involved parties.[54] Wolf said Ratajkowski is a modern feminist in a Harper’s Bazaar interview of Ratajkowski,[17] in which Ratajkowski defended her form of feminism.[165][166]

On the eve of the February 2016 New Hampshire Democratic primary, Ratajkowski spoke at a Bernie Sanders rally in New Hampshire to endorse his campaign.[167][168][169] One of the main points of her speech, and her social media activity surrounding it, was to counter Gloria Steinem‘s statement that young female Sanders supporters were involved in the campaign (rather than supporting fellow female Hillary Clinton) to meet potential male romantic partners.[162][170]

Media image[edit]

Ratajkowski has been frequently named in lists and polls that rank beauty or fashion in the media. She was ranked in Maxim‘s Hot 100 list in both 2014 (No. 62)[70] and 2015 (No. 2).[171] AskMen ranked her among its most desirable women of 2014 (No. 3)[72] and 2016 (No. 14);[172] while FHM ranked her among the sexiest in 2014 (No. 4),[69] and 2015 (No. 18).[173] She is also praised for her fashion sense: Ratajkowski made Vogue Italia’s Best Dressed List of 2015,[174] and Harper’s Bazaar placed her atop its best dressed list at the February 2016 New York Fashion Week.[175]

Ratajkowski’s began with a minor acting role in Gone Girl. She played herself in Entourage.[14][89] In their respective reviews of We Are Your Friends, Richard Roeper and Wesley Morris said that Ratajkowski, again playing the attractive object of affection, again failed to demonstrate acting prowess.[113][176]

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.[24][25][177] Elle magazine, Esquire magazine, and Harper’s Bazaar republished her letter.[178][179][180] Critics, including Glamour magazine’s Hayley Spencer,[181] The Huffington Post‘s Jenavieve Hatch,[182] and Rachael Moon of the Daily Mirror, praised it.[183] According to Cosmopolitan magazine’s Nikki Kinstlinger and Georgia Simmonds of Marie Claire, Ratajkowski finds self-empowerment in defining and owning the expression of her sexuality and body.[26][184] 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.[185] InStyle‘s Isabella Silvers concurred that “female sexuality isn’t always for the benefit of someone else”.[186] Charlotte Gill of The Independent admitted that she was in the minority in finding the letter “rambling” and “dull”.[187]

Ratajkowski defended Kim Kardashian from criticism when Kardashian posted a controversial naked selfie on Instagram in March, saying that women have the right to “express their sexuality and share their bodies however they choose”.[188] Then, Kardashian and Ratajkowski jointly advocated via social media for female sexual empowerment and against body shaming; nearly one million social media followers responded positively, and prominent global media outlets took notice.[189][190][191]

Following her letter and social media statement, the controversy about her feminism heightened. Piers Morgan stated that Ratajkowski’s form of feminism was a misguided affront to true feminism,[192] labeling it pseudo-feminist gibberish.[193] After Morgan wrote that “feminism as it was intended is dead”, the Chicago Tribune‘s Heidi Stevens, as well as The Daily Telegraph‘s Helen Pankhurst (Emmeline Pankhurst‘s great-granddaughter) said that Ratajkowski neither killed nor bolstered feminism.[194][195] Women’s Wear Daily‘s Taylor Harris questioned the impact of Ratajkowski’s feminism.[196] The Independent‘s Gill questioned Ratajkowski’s feminism, saying that her professional activities “continued to advocate industries that treat us as pieces of meat”.[187] Heather Saul of The Independent wrote in support of Ratajkowski in an article subtitled “Ratajkowski is becoming an important feminist voice in the debate over female censorship and sexuality”.[197] New York‘s Allie Jones called Ratajkowski “the best feminist celeb”.[198]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Andrew’s Alteration Young Girl Short film
2005 A Year and a Day Girl
2014 Gone Girl Andie Fitzgerald
2015 Entourage Herself
2015 We Are Your Friends Sophie

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009–10 iCarly Tasha Episodes: “iSpeed Date”, “iEnrage Gibby”
2015 The Spoils Before Dying Agent Day 3 episodes
2016 Easy Allison Lizowska Episode: “Art and Life”

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2012 Fast Car Taio Cruz
2013 Blurred Lines Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell
2013 Love Somebody Maroon 5
2016 “Inseparable” Dima Bilan

Magazine cover history[edit]

Magazine cover history as of 12 July 2016[update]
Magazine Country Date Photographer Notes
treats! United States 000000002012-03-01-0000March 2012 [199]
GQ Turkey 000000002013-03-01-0000March 2013 Tony Kelly [35]
CR Fashion Book United States Fall/Winter 2013 Bruce Weber [200]
S moda Spain 000000002014-03-01-0000March 1, 2014 Tetsu Kubota [201]
GQ United States 000000002014-07-01-0000July 2014 Michael Thompson [75]
Ocean Drive United States 000000002014-09-01-0000September 2014 Tony Duran [202]
Cosmopolitan United States 000000002014-11-01-0000November 2014 Eric Ray Davidson [203]
FHM United Kingdom 000000002015-02-01-0000February 2015 unknown [204]
Cosmopolitan Italy 000000002015-06-01-0000June 2015 Eric Ray Davidson [205]
Cosmopolitan Singapore 000000002015-06-01-0000June 2015 Eric Ray Davidson [206]
Cosmopolitan South Africa 000000002015-07-01-0000July 2015 Eric Ray Davidson [207]
Grazia Italy 000000002015-08-14-0000August 14, 2015 unknown [208]
GQ United Kingdom 000000002015-09-01-0000September 2015 Mario Testino [209]
Harper by Harper’s Bazaar United States 000000002015-09-01-0000September 2015 Will Davidson [210]
Editorialist United States Fall/Winter 2015 Derek Kettela [211]
InStyle United Kingdom 000000002015-10-01-0000October 2015 Jenny Gage and Tom Betterton [212]
InStyle Australia 000000002015-10-01-0000October 2015 Jenny Gage and Tom Betterton [213]
Le Petit Voyeur unknown 000000002015-12-01-0000December 2015 Jonathan Leder [214]
GQ Spain 000000002016-01-01-0000January 2016 Mario Testino [215]
GQ Russia 000000002016-02-01-0000February 2016 Mario Testino [216]
Madame Figaro France 000000002016-05-01-0000May 2016 unknown [217]
ES magazine United Kingdom 000000002016-05-20-0000May 20, 2016 David Bellemere [218]
Tatler Russia 000000002016-07-01-0000July 2016 unknown [219]
Vogue Germany 000000002016-08-01-0000August 2016 Giampaolo Sgura [220]
C California Style Magazine United States 000000002016-09-01-0000September 2016 Beau Grealy [221]
Glamour United States 000000002016-10-01-0000October 2016 Carter Smith [222]

Emily Ratajkowski

 

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Emily Ratajkowski
Brunette white woman with a black hat in a white turtleneck with dark overalls

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Ratajkowski in 2016
Born Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski
(1991-06-07) June 7, 1991 (age 25)
Westminster, London, England
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
Years active 2004–present
Website Official website
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Hair color Brown[1]
Eye color Brown[1]
Manager Ford Models[1]

Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski[2] (/ˌrɑːtˈkɒfski/; born June 7, 1991)[3] is an American actress and model raised primarily in California. She rose to prominence in 2013 after appearing in the music video for Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines“, which became the number one song of the year in several countries and attracted controversy over its purported sexist content.

Ratajkowski’s modeling career has progressed from retail ad work to art house erotica and high fashion. She appeared on the cover of the March 2012 issue of the erotic magazine treats!, which led to her being asked to appear in two music videos – “Blurred Lines” and Maroon 5‘s “Love Somebody“. She appeared in the 2014 and 2015 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues. Ratajkowski made her professional runway modeling debut for Marc Jacobs at New York Fashion Week in 2015 and has since walked on the Paris Fashion Week runway for Miu Miu. She appeared in a Buick Super Bowl commercial during Super Bowl 50.

Ratajkowski began acting as a child in the San Diego area before she gained a recurring role on iCarly and later roles in major films. Her feature film debut was as the mistress of Ben Affleck‘s character in the 2014 film Gone Girl. Ratajkowski’s 2015 roles included the films Entourage and We Are Your Friends (her first leading role) as well as the miniseries The Spoils Before Dying.

Ratajkowski is an advocate for women’s health issues as a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood and supports the right of women to express their sexuality. Her claim to being a feminist has been both supported and disputed. She is known for her sex appeal and fashion sense.

Early life[edit]

Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski was born on June 7, 1991, in Westminster, London, the only child[4] of Kathleen Balgley and John David “J. D.”[5] Ratajkowski,[6] both American.[7] Balgley, a professor of English, was teaching under the Fulbright Program,[8] when she met J. D., a painter and art teacher,[6] while they were both teaching at San Dieguito Academy.[5][9] At the time of their daughter’s birth, they were aged 39 and 45, respectively,[10] and unmarried.[8] Ratajkowski describes her mother as a “feminist and intellectual”.[6][11] The family lived in West Kensington and Bloomsbury[12] before they settled in the United States in San Diego, California, when Ratajkowski was five.[6][13] She was raised primarily in nearby Encinitas in a small house near the ocean.[14] Balgley formerly taught at California Polytechnic State University.[14]

Ratajkowski is of Polish, Irish, and Polish Jewish descent.[9][15] Her father was raised Catholic, while her mother was raised Jewish.[5] Ratajkowski describes her heritage as “Polish Israeli”.[9][16] She lived in, and traveled to, many parts of Europe as a youth, including long periods in the Irish town of Bantry and on the Spanish island of Mallorca.[7][13] She spent her young adult summers in Ireland until she became a full-time model.[9]

Before Ratajkowski left London at the age of five, she was obsessed with theater.[17] She began acting as a child, staging shows for her family.[18] Ratajkowski’s first formal role was as Elsa in an adaptation of The Little Match Girl at the North Coast Repertory Theatre School in Solana Beach, California.[4] Later, in 2004, she played Harriet in the interactive Lyceum Theatre production of Harriet Potter and the Throne of Applewort.[19] Ratajkowski grew up without television; she tried soccer, acting, and ballet before modeling.[2]

Ratajkowski visited nude beaches in Europe with her family during her youth.[6] Exposure to the nude female figure in photography and art during her formative years, including the work of her father,[20] as well as the photography of Helmut Newton and Herb Ritts, prepared Ratajkowski for nude work. She is comfortable with the naked body, and states, “We have this culture of men, especially, watching pornography, but then [they are] offended by a classic nude portrait or photograph, and I’ve never felt that way.”[21] Ratajkowski was also influenced by third-wave feminism and works such as The Beauty Myth and Promiscuities by Naomi Wolf.[22][23] She was a physically mature young teenager who endured pressure to limit expressing her sexuality[24][25] and how she presented herself.[26]

Career[edit]

Black and white side-view photo of Caucasian brunette sitting completely nude with her knees tucked to her chest

The March 2012 Issue 3 treats! cover featuring Ratajkowski is the image that led to her being cast in the video for “Blurred Lines

With encouragement from an acting coach, Ratajkowski met and signed with a talent agent who contacted Ford Models.[18] That same day,[17] she signed with Ford at age 14 and went on to do teen print catalog modeling for Kohl’s and Nordstrom.[6] At 15, Ratajkowski began auditioning for Disney and iCarly roles,[17] but as she pursued acting she was often cast as a “bitchy girl”,[6] cheerleader, or other limited role.[27] She attended San Dieguito Academy high school in San Diego, while modeling and acting in Los Angeles.[27] After two nondescript movie roles, she appeared as Gibby’s girlfriend, Tasha, in two episodes of the third season of Nickelodeon‘s iCarly (2009–2010).[2][28] Her manager discouraged her from pursuing many acting engagements until she could be more selective.[6][27]

Ratajkowski attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for one year in 2009, then decided to model full-time.[6] She found the fine art education at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture arbitrary and in conflict with her artistic concepts. She did not enjoy socializing with fellow students.[29]

After campaigns and editorials with photographer Tony Duran,[9] Ratajkowski began shooting more fashion editorials and posed for several early issues of the artistic erotica magazine treats!, including the cover of its third issue, in March 2012.[6][30] She credits that cover for bringing her the two unsolicited, high-profile, music video roles.[11][31] Ratajkowski later filmed commercials for Nikon and Carl’s Jr.,[6] including multiple versions of a 2012 Carl’s Jr. commercial with Sara Jean Underwood.[16][32] She also did nude and clothed art magazine modeling,[14] as well as work for Frederick’s of Hollywood;[33] a 2012 holiday video and a 2011 Valentine’s video in which Ratajkowski appeared for the company are among the most popular videos on the company’s YouTube channel.[34] Ratajkowski worked with photographer Tony Kelly for the March 2013 GQ Turkey cover.[35]

Music video performances[edit]

Ratajkowski appeared in Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell Williams‘s 2013 video, “Blurred Lines“.[2][6] Previously, Ratajkowski had been cast in two other music videos: “Fast Car” by Taio Cruz,[36] which was released on November 5, 2012,[37] and Maroon 5‘s “Love Somebody“,[2] which was released two months after “Blurred Lines”.[2][11]

“Love Somebody”, shot on January 13,[38] and “Blurred Lines” were both produced in 2013.[2][39] The video for “Love Somebody” was released on May 21, 2013.[40] Directed by Rich Lee, it shows bare-chested Adam Levine using inverse green screen technology to rub paint onto Ratajkowski with his hands. As they touch, they reveal each other.[41][42]

Thicke had seen Ratajkowski’s treats! cover that The New York Times‘s Bee Shapiro described as “an artfully composed black-and-white photograph of Ms. Ratajkowski sitting completely nude with her knees tucked to her chest” and convinced director Diane Martel to cast her in the “Blurred Lines” music video. Martel felt that “she looked smart and stunningly beautiful” in the photo.[6] Ratajkowski initially declined the role, fearing being classified as a music video model,[6] but Martel persuaded her.[14] The video was released on March 20, 2013.[43] On March 28, Thicke posted an explicit version,[44][45] with a topless Ratajkowski.[11]

“Blurred Lines” was controversial: its video was called sexist for its perceived degradation of women,[46] and some felt its lyrics promoted rape.[47][48] Others disagreed,[49][50] asserting that the lyrics supported female power and sexual freedom.[51] Martel defended Ratajkowski’s performance, saying: “it’s very, very funny and subtly ridiculing.”[46] Ratajkowski did not think of the video as sexist[11] and claimed that the producers, through the use of humor and sarcasm, “took something that on paper sounded really sexist and misogynistic and made it more interesting”.[52][53] She said that the song “gave me an opportunity to say the things that I felt about feminism today and about women in general in pop culture.”[21] Ratajkowski did not feel objectified and enjoyed performing in a sexual manner:[54] the attention given to the nudity in the video, she said, shows that America has not advanced as far as it should have,[21] and, she believes, society represses sexuality, which is bad for both sexes.[4]

“Blurred Lines”, and Ratajkowski’s associated video performance, was prominent beyond the sociopolitical controversies. The song became the number one song of 2013 on music charts in many countries, including Canada,[55] Ireland,[56] the Netherlands,[57] New Zealand,[58] and the United Kingdom.[59] Although second on the year-end US Billboard Hot 100 chart,[60] the song’s twelve consecutive weeks at number one made it the longest-running number one song of the decade until “Uptown Funk” spent fourteen consecutive weeks at number one in 2015.[61][62] The song also remained in the news due to a copyright infringement lawsuit and appeal.[63][64][65]

Breakthrough[edit]

The “Blurred Lines” video garnered Ratajkowski notoriety,[11] especially as a sex symbol.[66] In October 2013, Esquire magazine named Ratajkowski “Woman of the Year”, over online fan vote finalist Jennifer Lawrence.[67] That December, Rolling Stone magazine listed her among its twenty hottest sex symbols.[66] In February 2014, Sports Illustrated magazine named Ratajkowski as one of twelve 50th anniversary swimsuit issue rookies.[68] In April, FHM ranked her the fourth sexiest woman in the world.[69] Maxim magazine included Ratajkowski at number 62 on its 2014 Hot 100 list.[70][71] AskMen ranked her the third most desirable woman of 2014.[72]

Ratajkowski was on the July 2013 cover of CR Fashion Book, which included erotic scenes with Karlie Kloss and male models, photographed by Bruce Weber.[6][11][73] On June 24, she appeared topless in the July 2014 American GQ cover story, photographed by Michael Thompson.[74][75] A controversy ensued at retailer Lands’ End, some of whose customers received the issue for free. Some customers objected to the racy images, forcing Lands’ End CEO Edgar Huber to apologize.[76]

Portrait of a brunette Caucasian with red lipstick from above

Ratajkowski photographed for Day 16 of LOVE‘s Advent 2014

Ratajkowski leveraged her sudden prominence into supporting roles in major films.[6] Ratajkowski played Andie Fitzgerald, the mistress of Ben Affleck‘s character, in David Fincher‘s 2014 adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s novel Gone Girl.[77] Affleck encouraged Fincher to consider Ratajkowski after seeing the “Blurred Lines” video.[21] U-T San Diego described Ratajkowski’s performance as “nuanced”,[4] while Andrew O’Hehir of Salon and Wesley Morris of Grantland wrote that her small role as a “duplicitous and manipulative former student” was critical.[78][79] Reflecting on the performance in 2016, Wolf described Ratajkowski’s portrayal as sympathetic and compassionate.[17]

Days after Gone Girl‘s September 26, 2014, New York Film Festival premiere,[80][81] Ratajkowski became the cover model for the November 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan.[82] On October 30, 2014, she appeared with Taylor Kitsch in the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare live-action trailer.[83][84] Ratajkowski appeared on the February 2015 FHM cover,[85] but she tweeted that her picture was used without her consent.[86][87] FHM responded that “we liked the pictures so much we stuck one on our front cover”.[88]

Ratajkowski co-starred in the 2015 film Entourage as a fictionalized version of herself,[14][89] playing the love interest of Adrian Grenier‘s character, Vincent Chase.[90] Her performance received critical commentary ranging from “less than compelling”, by the The Hollywood Reporter‘s Sheri Linden, to “uncanny realism”, by The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Steven Rea.[91][92] Grantland‘s Morris described her role and performance with scathing sarcasm.[93] She was also cast in the 2015 miniseries The Spoils Before Dying as Agent Day, appearing late in the series.[94][95][96] Her performance was favorably reviewed by Emily L. Stephens of The A.V. Club,[97] while other critics commented that she was part of a solid supporting cast.[98][99]

Ratajkowski earned her first leading role, opposite Zac Efron, in We Are Your Friends,[100] a musical drama released in August 2015, and was part of the film’s promotional tour to Europe and North America.[101] Starting with the August 11 London premiere,[102][103] this tour marked her ascension as a style icon as she earned multiple best dressed citations from various sources.[104][105] She played Stanford University dropout Sophie,[106] the love interest of Efron’s character and girlfriend/personal assistant of Wes Bentley‘s character.[107] Her performance received mixed reviews. Alonso Duralde of TheWrap described the role as thin, as did Ty Burr of The Boston Globe.[108][109] Burr said that Ratajkowski’s performance was “surpassingly dull”,[108] while Nell Minow of Beliefnet stated that she “does more posing than acting”.[110] Kyle Smith of the New York Post described her performance as “quietly entrancing”,[111] and Jordan Hoffman of the Daily News described Ratajkowski’s performance as “stunning and sweet”.[112] Robbie Collin of The Daily Telegraph and Grantland‘s Morris noted Ratajkowski’s rhythmic dancing skills and sex appeal, as previously seen in “Blurred Lines”.[113][114]

Around the time of the release of We Are Your Friends, Ratajkowski appeared on the covers of Grazia France,[115] British GQ,[116] harper by Harper’s Bazaar,[117] InStyle UK,[118] and InStyle Australia,[119] as well as a role as a 2015 MTV Video Music Awards presenter.[120][121] The British GQ cover story was photographed by Mario Testino, who produced a short film featuring Ratajkowski for the magazine’s website.[54][122] Soon after, on September 17, 2015, she made her runway debut for Marc Jacobs at the spring/summer 2016 New York Fashion Week finale.[123][124] This appearance contributed to her number one listing among Vogue‘s 12 Breakout Beauty Stars of 2015.[125] For fall/winter 2016 fashions, Ratajkowski walked the Paris Fashion Week runway for Miu Miu on March 9, 2016.[126][127] She has expressed the desire to break barriers for shorter and more curvaceous models, commenting: “You don’t have to be 5’9″ and an A-cup to be a successful model.”[128]

A Buick Super Bowl ad for its Cascada convertible during Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016, featured Ratajkowski and Odell Beckham, Jr.[129][130] The ad, in which she made a wedding bouquet catch reminiscent of Beckham’s famous catch from 2014,[131][132] received average ratings, according to USA Today‘s admeter.[133] The ad was filmed with a stunt double making the catch.[134] Los Angeles-based jewelry designer Jacquie Aiche featured Ratajkowski in a spring 2016 campaign wearing almost nothing but body chains, rings, bracelets, pendants, and chokers.[135][136][137] In May, Ratajkowski appeared in the Russian-language music video “Inseparable” (sometimes translated as “Indivisible”) with Russian entertainer Dima Bilan as a photographer and Ratajkowski as his muse.[138][139][140]

As of June 2016[update], Ratajkowski has a variety of upcoming roles. She will play Jessica Weintraub, the female lead opposite Spencer Boldman in the film Cruise, which is written and directed by Robert Siegel.[141] Ratajkowski was hired as part of the cast of the film In Darkness, alongside Natalie Dormer, Ed Skrein, and Stacy Martin.[142] She will also be involved in Joe Swanberg‘s Netflix series, Easy.[143][144] In June 2016, she stated she was filming for Project Runway.[145] Ratajkowski was one of five models to appear on the August 2016 Vogue Germany alternate covers along with Stella Maxwell, irIrina Shayk, Lily Aldridge and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.[146]

Personal life[edit]

In February 2014, Ratajkowski broke up with her boyfriend Andrew Dryden, a creative director and menswear buyer.[147][148] In September 2014, Ratajkowski was a victim in a female celebrity hacking and internet posting wave of stolen nude iCloud photographs.[149][150] In December 2014, Us Weekly confirmed she had begun dating musician Jeff Magid.[151]

Ratajkowski has raised funds,[152] done public service announcements,[153][154] and committed to a short film promoting reproductive and sexual health for Planned Parenthood (PPFA).[155][156] She describes PPFA as her main charity because of its role in women’s health.[152] Ratajkowski’s involvement has drawn ire from right to life advocates such as the National Right to Life Committee.[157]

Ratajkowski says that she enjoys freedom of sexual expression “while still being a feminist”,[82] and is outspoken about using her celebrity to support the empowerment of women and women’s sexuality.[158] Amanda Hess of Slate questioned whether she is a feminist or an opportunist exploiting feminism.[159] In The New York Times, Ratajkowski expressed her frustration that “society somehow feels that women can’t manage to be political, feminist and a sex symbol”.[160] She has called society’s reaction to the naked female form “weird”.[161] As a woman who enjoys expressions of the body ranging from ballet to pornography, Ratajkowski feels that she can be nude in her professional work and also support equality for women.[162] British GQ‘s Charlie Burton stated that she is a feminist with more to say than others. He said that her message is one of sexual empowerment, because sex should not feel like a service and should be beneficial to all involved parties.[54] Wolf said Ratajkowski is a modern feminist in a Harper’s Bazaar interview of Ratajkowski,[17] in which Ratajkowski defended her form of feminism.[163][164]

On the eve of the February 2016 New Hampshire Democratic primary, Ratajkowski spoke at a Bernie Sanders rally in New Hampshire to endorse his campaign.[165][166][167] One of the main points of her speech, and her social media activity surrounding it, was to counter Gloria Steinem‘s statement that young female Sanders supporters were involved in the campaign (rather than supporting fellow female Hillary Clinton) to meet potential male romantic partners.[160][168]

Media image[edit]

Ratajkowski has been frequently named in lists and polls that rank beauty or fashion in the media. She was ranked in Maxim‘s Hot 100 list in both 2014 (No. 62)[70] and 2015 (No. 2).[169] AskMen ranked her among its most desirable women of 2014 (No. 3)[72] and 2016 (No. 14);[170] while FHM ranked her among the sexiest in 2014 (No. 4),[69] and 2015 (No. 18).[171] She is also praised for her fashion sense: Ratajkowski made Vogue Italia’s Best Dressed List of 2015,[172] and Harper’s Bazaar placed her atop its best dressed list at the February 2016 New York Fashion Week.[173]

Ratajkowski’s began with a minor acting role in Gone Girl. She played herself in Entourage.[14][89] In their respective reviews of We Are Your Friends, Richard Roeper and Wesley Morris said that Ratajkowski, again playing the attractive object of affection, again failed to demonstrate acting prowess.[113][174]

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.[24][25][175] Elle magazine, Esquire magazine, and Harper’s Bazaar republished her letter.[176][177][178] Critics, including Glamour magazine’s Hayley Spencer,[179] The Huffington Post‘s Jenavieve Hatch,[180] and Rachael Moon of the Daily Mirror, praised it.[181] According to Cosmopolitan magazine’s Nikki Kinstlinger and Georgia Simmonds of Marie Claire, Ratajkowski finds self-empowerment in defining and owning the expression of her sexuality and body.[26][182] 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.[183] InStyle‘s Isabella Silvers concurred that “female sexuality isn’t always for the benefit of someone else”.[184] Charlotte Gill of The Independent admitted that she was in the minority in finding the letter “rambling” and “dull”.[185]

Ratajkowski defended Kim Kardashian from criticism when Kardashian posted a controversial naked selfie on Instagram in March, saying that women have the right to “express their sexuality and share their bodies however they choose”.[186] Then, Kardashian and Ratajkowski jointly advocated via social media for female sexual empowerment and against body shaming; nearly one million social media followers responded positively, and prominent global media outlets took notice.[187][188][189]

Following her letter and social media statement, the controversy about her feminism heightened. Piers Morgan stated that Ratajkowski’s form of feminism was a misguided affront to true feminism,[190] labeling it pseudo-feminist gibberish.[191] After Morgan wrote that “feminism as it was intended is dead”, the Chicago Tribune‘s Heidi Stevens, as well as The Daily Telegraph‘s Helen Pankhurst (Emmeline Pankhurst‘s great-granddaughter) said that Ratajkowski neither killed nor bolstered feminism.[192][193] Women’s Wear Daily‘s Taylor Harris questioned the impact of Ratajkowski’s feminism.[194] The Independent‘s Gill questioned Ratajkowski’s feminism, saying that her professional activities “continued to advocate industries that treat us as pieces of meat”.[185] Heather Saul of The Independent wrote in support of Ratajkowski in an article subtitled “Ratajkowski is becoming an important feminist voice in the debate over female censorship and sexuality”.[195] New York‘s Allie Jones called Ratajkowski “the best feminist celeb”.[196]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Andrew’s Alteration Young Girl Short film
2005 A Year and a Day Girl
2014 Gone Girl Andie Fitzgerald
2015 Entourage Herself
2015 We Are Your Friends Sophie

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009–10 iCarly Tasha Episodes: “iSpeed Date”, “iEnrage Gibby”
2015 The Spoils Before Dying Agent Day 3 episodes
2016 Easy

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2012 Fast Car Taio Cruz
2013 Blurred Lines Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell
2013 Love Somebody Maroon 5
2016 “Inseparable” Dima Bilan

Magazine cover history[edit]

Magazine cover history as of 12 July 2016[update]
Magazine Country Date Photographer Notes
treats! United States 000000002012-03-01-0000March 2012 [197]
GQ Turkey 000000002013-03-01-0000March 2013 Tony Kelly [35]
CR Fashion Book United States Fall/Winter 2013 Bruce Weber [198]
S moda Spain 000000002014-03-01-0000March 1, 2014 Tetsu Kubota [199]
GQ United States 000000002014-07-01-0000July 2014 Michael Thompson [75]
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Emily Ratajkowski

Emily Ratajkowski

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Emily Ratajkowski
Emily Ratajkowski for Day 16 of LOVE Advent 2014
Born Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski
(1991-06-07) June 7, 1991 (age 24)
Westminster, London, England, United Kingdom
Citizenship United States
Occupation
  • Model, actress
Years active 2004–present
Website www.emrata.com
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 7.5 in (1.71 m)[1]
Hair color Brown[1]
Eye color Brown[1]
Measurements 32C-24-34 (US)[1]
Dress size 2 (US),[1] 6 (UK)
Shoe size 9[1]
Manager Ford Models[1]

Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski[2] (/ˌrɑːtˈkɒfski/; Polish: [ratajˈkɔfskʲi]; born June 7, 1991)[3] is an American model and actress. Born in London to American parents and raised primarily in California, she rose to prominence after appearing in the music video for Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines“, which became the number one song of the year 2013 in several countries. Following its success, she became a high profile sex symbol, appeared in the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and began a movie career.

Ratajkowski’s modeling career has progressed from retail adwork to arthouse erotica and high fashion. She appeared on the cover of the March 2012 issue of erotic magazine treats! This led to her being asked to appear in two music videos. Among her other cover appearances are GQ, British GQ, Cosmopolitan, InStyle UK and FHM. She has now been in two Swimsuit Issues.

Ratajkowski’s acting career began with youth acting roles in the San Diego area before she gained a recurring role on iCarly and later roles in major films. Her feature film debut was as the mistress of Ben Affleck‘s character in the 2014 film Gone Girl. Her 2015 films included Entourage, We Are Your Friends with Zac Efron (her first leading role), and The Spoils Before Dying.

Early life[edit]

An only child,[4] Ratajkowski was born in Westminster, London, to American parents.[5] At the time of her birth her mother and father were aged 39 and 45, respectively,[6] and not married;[7] her mother Kathleen Balgley, a professor of English and writer described by Ratajkowski as a “feminist and intellectual”,[8][9] was in London temporarily to teach under the Fulbright Program.[7] Kathleen had met Emily’s father, John David “J. D.” Ratajkowski, a painter and art teacher,[8] when they both taught at San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas, California, near San Diego.[10][11] The family settled in San Diego when Ratajkowski was five.[8][12] She was raised primarily in Encinitas in a small house near the ocean.[13]

Ratajkowski is of Jewish, Polish, Irish, and German descent.[10][14] Her father was raised Catholic while her mother was raised Jewish, and teaches at the San Diego Jewish Academy.[11] Her mother formerly taught at California Polytechnic State University, known as Cal Poly.[13] When asked about her heritage in 2012, Ratajkowski answered “Polish Israeli”, although she had not yet been to Israel.[15] She lived in and traveled to many parts of Europe during her youth, and has described spending long periods in Bantry, County Cork, Ireland, and Mallorca, Spain.[5][12] From her early youth to the start of her career as a full-time model she spent each summer in Ireland.[10] She has said that she grew up without the influence of television. Before modeling, she tried soccer, acting and ballet.[2]

Exposure to the nude female figure in photography and art during her formative years prepared Ratajkowski for her eventual nude and semi-nude appearances before the camera.[16] Ratajkowski said she is comfortable with the naked body due to her background and life experiences, stating “We have this culture of men, especially, watching pornography, but then [are] offended by a classic nude portrait or photograph, and I’ve never felt that way”.[16] Her father’s work as a visual artist exposed her to nudity in art.[17] Ratajkowski also frequently visited nudist beaches during her youth in Europe; she said, “Mom was topless on the beach every summer in Majorca”.[8] Among her influences was exposure to the photography of Helmut Newton and Herb Ritts in books.[16] As a young teen, she experienced pressure from friends, family and society due to her physical maturity and developing sexuality.[18][19]

Career[edit]

Ratajkowski enjoyed doing theatrical performances for her family as a child.[20] Her first formal acting role was as Elsa in a production of The Little Match Girl at the Theatre School of the North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach, California.[4] She also appeared as Harriet in the 2004 interactive production of Harriet Potter and the Throne of Applewort at Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza.[21] After gaining local youth acting experience, she was told that modeling could be a gateway into an acting career.[4] She was inspired by Bianca Jagger and Patti Smith.[16] Ratajkowski was signed by Ford Models at age 14.[8] She continued to attend high school in San Diego at San Dieguito Academy, while she modeled and acted in Los Angeles.[22]

In her adolescent years, Ratajkowski decided to pursue an acting career, but in auditions she was often cast as a “bitchy girl”,[8] cheerleader, or other limited roles she did not want.[22] After two nondescript movie roles, Ratajkowski appeared as Gibby’s girlfriend Tasha in two third-season episodes of Nickelodeon‘s iCarly. Despite her previous minor film roles, she described her iCarly role as “my first and only acting job”.[2] Her manager discouraged her from pursuing many acting engagements until she was in a position to be more selective.[8][22]

External video
“Frederick’s of Hollywood – Holiday 2012” posted December 4, 2012
Frederick’s KNBC Valentine’s Day 2011 segment posted February 11, 2011
Carl’s Jr. “BBQ’s Best Pair” Commercial (uncut) posted February 19, 2013

Ratajkowski attended University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for one year in 2009, then decided to model full-time.[8] She had become a disillusioned student after her brief experience in the School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA.[23] She worked for Forever 21, Kohl’s and Nordstrom, swimwear and lingerie clients,[8][24] but became recognized as a fashion model after shooting several campaigns and editorials with photographer Tony Duran.[24] She also did nude and clothed art magazine photograph shoots,[13] including a June 2012 shoot with Jonathan Leder,[25] and modeling work for Frederick’s of Hollywood.[26] As of July 12, 2014[update], two videos in which she appeared for the company—a featured Holiday 2012 video and a local Valentine’s 2011 video—were among the five most popular videos on the company’s YouTube channel.[27]

The March 2012 Issue 3 treats! cover featuring Ratajkowski is the image that led to her being cast in the video for “Blurred Lines

After her work with Duran, she began shooting more fashion editorials and posed for several of the first few issues of the Los Angeles-based artistic erotica magazine treats!, and appeared on the cover of the magazine’s March 2012 third issue.[8][28] She credits the magazine for bringing her the two unsolicited, high-profile, music video roles.[9][29]

Ratajkowski was featured with Sara Jean Underwood in a Carl’s Jr. commercial in August 2012.[15] The advertisement was produced in a 30-second version and an uncut version lasting over a minute.[30] At about the same time she became a Nikon model.[8] She has worked with photographers such as Tony Kelly, with whom she shot the March 2013 cover of GQ Turkey. The images from that cover story were later re-used in the July/August 2013 issue of American GQ after her music video appearances were launched.[24][31] As a 5-foot-7-inch (1.70 m) model with “curves that put her in a different class from runway models”, Ratajkowski considers herself to have the potential to break barriers for models, saying, “I want to be a model that breaks down the traditional body boundaries. You don’t have to be 5’9″ and an A-cup to be a successful model, and that’s nice.”[32]

Music video performances[edit]

Ratajkowski is well known for appearing in Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell Williams‘ video “Blurred Lines“. Before her “Blurred Lines” performance, Ratajkowski had been cast in two other music videos; “Fast Car” by Taio Cruz,[33] which was released on November 5, 2012,[34] and Maroon 5‘s “Love Somebody“,[2] which was released two months after “Blurred Lines”.[2][9] Both “Love Somebody” and “Blurred Lines” were produced in 2013.[2][35] A YouTube video about the making of the “Love Somebody” video shows that it was shot on January 16, 2013.[36] The “Love Somebody” video was released on Vevo on May 21, 2013.[37] It was directed by Rich Lee, and shows barechested Adam Levine using inverse green screen technology to rub paint onto Ratajkowski with his hands. As they touch they reveal each other.[38][39] Levine “caresses and serenades” Ratajkowski during the video.[9]

Thicke had seen Ratajkowski on the cover of treats! magazine in what Bee Shapiro of The New York Times described as a “an artfully composed black-and-white photograph of Ms. Ratajkowski sitting completely nude with her knees tucked to her chest” and convinced director Diane Martel to cast her in the “Blurred Lines” music video. Upon viewing the cover, Martel decided that “She looked smart and stunningly beautiful”.[8] Ratajkowski initially declined the role, but Martel persuaded her to accept it.[13] She had feared being classified as a music video model.[8] The “Blurred Lines” music video was released on YouTube on March 20, 2013.[24][40]

An explicit version of the video, with extensive nudity, was posted by Thicke on March 28, 2013.[41][42] Ratajkowski danced topless in one version of the video and was scantily clad in the other.[9] In the explicit version, the models “cavort” about the stage in shoes and nude-colored thongs for a large portion of the video, while the fully dressed men flirt with them.[43] Although YouTube banned the explicit version of the video on April 1 for violating its Community Guidelines due to its sexually explicit nature,[41] the explicit video remains available, although age-restricted, on the site.[42]

Ratajkowski said she felt the attention given to the nudity in the video illustrated that American culture had not advanced as far as it should have. She said, “We’re at an interesting time where women have been told to take the [birth control] pill is cool, to sleep with whomever you want, or wear what you want. But if you’re naked, it can be offensive or sexist in some way.”[16] She said sexuality is repressed in contemporary society, which is bad for both sexes.[4]

We’re [the women in “Blurred Lines”] directed to have a sort of confidence, a sarcastic attitude about the whole situation [depicted in the video]. That eye contact and that attitude really puts us in a power situation. The [music video] director, Diane Martel, is a woman, and so is the [director of photography]. We really worked on that and tried to convey that in the video. The way we are annoying [the men in the video], being playful and having a good time with our body [sic]—it’s something very important for young women today to have that confidence. I think it’s actually celebrating women and their bodies.

–Emily Ratajkowski,[9] discussing her role in “Blurred Lines”

In addition to creating controversy for the nudity in its video, “Blurred Lines” was criticized as being sexist and for its approach to rape, particularly in regard to the repeated phrase “I know you want it”.[43] Ratajkowski told Esquire she did not think the video is sexist.[9] She told Complex magazine, “I think there’s different kinds of nudity, and there’s different kinds of sexiness, and obviously it’s hard to distinguish those things. I think that the video was tasteful, beautiful, and there’s nothing offensive about it.” She also said she interpreted the video to be about “these ladies being silly and a little sarcastic”.[44] In a September 2014 cover story for Ocean Drive magazine, Ratajkowski said the song “gave me an opportunity to say the things that I felt about feminism today and about women in general in pop culture”.[16]

“Blurred Lines” went on to become the number 1 song of 2013 on music charts in many countries, including Canada,[45] Ireland,[46] Netherlands,[47] New Zealand,[48] and United Kingdom.[49] Although the song placed second on the year-end US Billboard Hot 100 chart,[50] the song’s twelve consecutive weeks at number one made it the longest-running number-one single since “I Gotta Feeling” held the spot for 14 consecutive weeks in 2009.[51] It was the longest running number one song of the 2010s decade until “Uptown Funk” surpassed it with a streak of fourteen consecutive weeks at number one in 2015.[52][53]

Rise to fame[edit]

The “Blurred Lines” video garnered Ratajkowski much fame and attention,[9] especially as a sex symbol.[54] On October 22, 2013, Esquire named Ratajkowski the “Woman of the Year”, beating Jennifer Lawrence in the final round of an online fan voting contest.[55] In December of that year, Rolling Stone listed her among its 20 hottest sex symbols (from both sexes) of the year.[54] On February 4, 2014, Sports Illustrated named Ratajkowski as one of its 12 rookies for its 50th anniversary Swimsuit Issue.[56] On April 30, 2014, FHM ranked Ratajkowski the fourth sexiest woman in the world.[57] On May 23, 2014, Maxim included her at #62 on its annual Hot 100 list.[58][59] She also was invited to the 18th annual May 15, 2014 Condé Nast Traveler Hot List Party.[60] Ratajkowski won the “Our New Girlfriend Award” at the Spike Guys’ Choice Awards on June 7, 2014.[61] AskMen ranked Ratajkowski the third most desirable woman of 2014 and the hottest model of the year.[62][63]

She also appeared topless on the cover of Carine Roitfeld‘s magazine CR Fashion Book in erotic scenes with Karlie Kloss and male models, photographed by Bruce Weber in July 2013.[8][9][64] Ratajkowski parlayed her sudden prominence into supporting roles in major films.[8] She played Andie Hardy, the mistress of Ben Affleck‘s character, in David Fincher‘s 2014 film adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s novel Gone Girl.[65] She got the part through a New York City “cattle call” audition and a subsequent Los Angeles reading with Affleck and Fincher.[66] Fincher was seeking an actress who could bring a divisive element to the film.[13] Affleck encouraged Fincher to consider Ratajkowski for the part after seeing her in the “Blurred Lines” video.[16] Her hometown newspaper U-T San Diego described Ratajkowski’s performance in Gone Girl as “nuanced”.[4] Styleite‘s Ben Barna said he received positive feedback on her performance.[67] Much of the commentary about her appearance in the film focused on her sex appeal,[68][69][70] but some noted that her small role as a “duplicitous and manipulative former student” was critical to the film.[71][72]

On June 24, 2014, Ratajkowski appeared topless on the cover and in a photograph spread in the July 2014 edition of American GQ.[73] She gave men dating advice in the online videos and cover story.[74] The magazine caused controversy at retailer Lands’ End, which had arranged for its best customers to receive a free copy of the issue. Some of the company’s customers objected to the racy cover and accompanying images in the associated story. As a result of the customer dissatisfaction, Lands’ End CEO Edgar Huber made a public apology.[75]

On August 15, 2014, Ratajkowski became the new face of Italian retailer Yamamay.[76][77] In September, she was among a large group of female celebrities involved in a wave of hacking and internet posting of nude photographs.[78][79] A few days after Gone Girl premiered at the 2014 New York Film Festival on September 26,[80][81] Ratajkowski was announced as the covergirl for the November 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan.[82] On October 30, 2014, she appeared with Taylor Kitsch in the live-action trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in advance of its November 4 release.[83][84] Ratajkowski appeared on the cover of the February 2015 issue of FHM,[85][86] but she claimed via Twitter that her picture was used without her consent.[87][88] FHM has stated “We liked the pictures so much we stuck one on our front cover”.[89]

Her sex appeal remained high, as evidenced by a #18 ranking in the FHM 100 Sexiest Women In The World 2015 list released on April 28.[90] On May 4, 2015, she attended the Met Gala, and made news by wearing a dress from Topshop that was priced to be affordable to the masses.[91][92][93]

Ratajkowski co-starred in the 2015 film Entourage, in which she appeared as a fictionalized version of herself.[13][94] Her role as Vincent Chase‘s (played by Adrian Grenier) visually appealing love interest was described in a myriad of sexist ways in the press,[95][96][97] with several mentions of her as the object of multiple affections.[98][99][100] However, her performance received critical commentary ranging from “less than compelling” by the The Hollywood Reporter‘s Sheri Linden to “uncanny realism” by The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Steven Rea,[101][102] while her hometown movie critic Anders Wright of The San Diego Union-Tribune remained silent on her role.[103] Wesley Morris of Grantland described her role and performance with some sarcasm: “the holy presentation of the model and actress Emily Ratajkowski as a combination of Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, and a walking Viagra dispenser”.[104] Some critics, including A. O. Scott of The New York Times and Alonso Duralde of TheWrap, noted her early disappearance from the film.[105][106][107]

On July 31, 2014, Ratajkowski announced that she had been cast in her first leading role, opposite Zac Efron, in We Are Your Friends,[108] a musical drama which was released in August 2015. In March 2015, Ratajkowski was announced as part of the cast for The Spoils Before Dying.[109][110] She appeared late in the miniseries.[111][112] Her performance in this role was favorably reviewed by Emily L. Stephens of The A.V. Club.[113] Other critics noted in passing that she was among the key members of the solid supporting cast.[114][115]

Ratajkowski was part of the August 2015 promotional tour for We Are Your Friends that included stops in London, Paris and 6 North American cities (Toronto, Miami, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco).[116] Around the time of the film release she was prominent in the media. She made cover appearances on the September 2015 issues of British GQ and harper by Harper’s Bazaar as well as the October 2015 (September 3 release announced on September 1) issue of InStyle UK.[117][118][119] At the August 30, 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, she and Rita Ora presented the MTV Video Music Award for Artist to Watch.[120][121] According to the Daily Mail, by September 2015 she had worked on the 2016 film Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur.[122]

Early leading roles[edit]

Ratajkowski’s We Are Your Friends performance garnered her mixed reviews for acting and broad support for her telegenics. Although not a cameo, the role is considered one in which Ratajkowski plays the ‘hot girl’, which several critics regarded as a role not requiring significant acting. Other critics noted that the role was not part of the central relationship of the movie. She played Sophie, a Stanford University dropout,[123] who is the love interest of Efron’s character and girlfriend/personal assistant of Wes Bentley‘s character.[124] Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times and Wesley Morris of Grantland noted that Ratajkowski has yet to demonstrate acting proficiency in her career,[125] and Roeper described this performance as uncomfortable.[126] Ty Burr of The Boston Globe described her performance in the role as “lovely to look at and surpassingly dull”.[127] Nell Minow was also unimpressed.[128] Kyle Smith of the New York Post described her performance as “quietly entrancing”, while noting her physical contribution to the film.[129] Jordan Hoffman of Daily News described Ratajkowski’s performance as “stunning and sweet”.[130] Glenn Kenny was satisfied with her presentation of her “sweet, sexy, and sensible” character.[131] Robbie Collin of The Daily Telegraph and Morris noted that she has maintained her rhythmic skills on the dance floor and camera friendliness previously shown in “Blurred Lines”.[132][125] After noting her beauty, Duralde of TheWrap stated that her role as Sophie was thin as written (a sentiment echoed by Burr),[127] without commenting on Ratajkowski’s performance,[133] while Christopher Gray remained silent on her performance, describing the role as that of a muse.[134] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone, Brian Viner of Daily Mail and both Peter Bradshaw and Mark Kermode of The Guardian were also silent on Ratajkowski’s performance.[124][135][136][137] Bilge Ebiri of Vulture.com explained that Ratajkowski’s role in the love triangle takes a back seat to the bromance between Efron and Bentley as the movie’s central relationship.[123] James Berardinelli concurred and described the relationship with Efron as “fitful at best”.[138] Christy Lemire noted in her blog that much of the performance was like her prior role in which she played herself, but felt that towards the end the script allowed her to present some appealing character elements.[139]

Her next role will be as Jessica Weintraub, the female lead in Cruise opposite Spencer Boldman, which is written and directed Robert Siegel.[140] Before filming, however, she made her runway modelling debut for Marc Jacobs at the New York Fashion Week September 17 finale.[141] This appearance contributed to her selection by Vogue as one of its 12 Breakout Beauty Stars of the 2015.[142] Buick featured Ratajkowski and Odell Beckham, Jr. in its first Super Bowl ad during the second quarter of Super Bowl L on CBS on February 7, 2016 for the Buick Cascada convertible.[143][144] The ad, in which Ratajkowski made a wedding bouquet catch reminiscent of Beckham’s famous catch from 2014,[145][146] received average ratings according to USA Todays admeter.[147] The ad was filmed with a stunt double making the featured catch for Ratajkowski.[148]

On the eve of the February 9, 2016 New Hampshire Democratic primary, Ratajkowski spoke at a Bernie Sanders rally in New Hampshire to endorse his campaign.[149] One of the main points of her speech and her social media activity surrounding it was to counter Gloria Steinem‘s statement that young female Sanders supporters (and thus Hillary Clinton opponents) were in it for the boys.[150][151][152] The following week, Ratajkowski published her recollections on the pressure about her sexuality that she endured as a youth and her current thoughts on female sexual empowerment in Lena Dunham‘s Lenny newsletter.[18][19][153] The letter was republished by many major media outlets including the websites of Elle, Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar.[154][155][156] It was received favorably by a wide variety of media outlets: Salon‘s Erin Coulehan described the essay as a statement about the Catch-22 of being a woman in a society where showcasing sexuality in a way that may “accidentally offend, excite, or create envy” leads to criticism and body-shaming;[157] Glamour‘s Hayley Spencer described it as “powerful”;[158] The Huffington Post‘s Jenavieve Hatch said Ratajkowski “has a lot to say”;[159] Cosmopolitan‘s Nikki Kinstlinger noted that Ratajkowski was “Preach”ing a message about society but not her modelling or acting professions.[160]

Ratajkowski’s mid-February letter came a few days before her next movie role was announced. On February 19, Deadline.com broke the story that she joined the cast of In Darkness alongside Natalie Dormer, Ed Skrein and Stacy Martin,[161]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Andrew’s Alteration Young Girl Short film
2005 A Year and a Day Girl
2014 Gone Girl Andie Fitzgerald
2015 Entourage Herself
2015 We Are Your Friends Sophie

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009–2010 iCarly Tasha 2 episodes
2015 The Spoils Before Dying Main cast

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2012 Fast Car Taio Cruz
2013 Blurred Lines Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell
2013 Love Somebody Maroon 5