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 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.
Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski was born on June 7, 1991, in Westminster, London, the only child of Kathleen Balgley and John David “J. D.” Ratajkowski, both American. Balgley, a professor of English, was teaching under the Fulbright Program, when she met J. D., a painter and art teacher,while they were both teaching at San Dieguito Academy. At the time of their daughter’s birth, they were aged 39 and 45, respectively, and unmarried. Ratajkowski describes her mother as a “feminist and intellectual”.The family lived in West Kensington and Bloomsbury before they settled in the United States in San Diego, California, when Ratajkowski was five. She was raised primarily in nearby Encinitas in a small house near the ocean. Balgley formerly taught at California Polytechnic State University
In February 2014, Ratajkowski broke up with her boyfriend Andrew Dryden, a creative director and menswear buyer In September 2014, Ratajkowski was a victim in a female celebrity hacking and internet posting wave of stolen nude iCloud photographs. In December 2014, Us Weekly confirmed she had begun dating musician Jeff Magid.