Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski ( born June 7, 1991) 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.
We Are Your Friends
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.
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) and 2015 (No. 2). AskMen ranked her among its most desirable women of 2014 (No. 3) and 2016 (No. 14); while FHM ranked her among the sexiest in 2014 (No. 4), and 2015 (No. 18). She is also praised for her fashion sense: Ratajkowski made Vogue Italia’s Best Dressed List of 2015, and Harper’s Bazaar placed her atop its best dressed list at the February 2016 New York Fashion Week.
We Are Your Friends
Ratajkowski’s began with a minor acting role in Gone Girl. She played herself in Entourage. 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.
Ratajkowski described the pressure that she endured as a youth around her sexuality and her thoughts on female sexual empowerment, in Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter newsletter on February 16, 2016. Elle magazine, Esquire magazine, and Harper’s Bazaar republished her letter. Critics, including Glamour magazine’s Hayley Spencer, The Huffington Post’s Jenavieve Hatch, and Rachael Moon of the Daily Mirror, praised it. 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. Salon’s Erin Coulehan described the essay’s identification of a societal catch-22, in which showcasing female sexuality that may “offend, excite, or create envy” leads to criticism and body shaming. InStyle’s Isabella Silvers concurred that “female sexuality isn’t always for the benefit of someone else”. Charlotte Gill of The Independent admitted that she was in the minority in finding the letter “rambling” and”dull”.
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”. 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.