Emily Ratajkowski (born June 7, 1991) 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, despite it being controversial for many reasons including its nudity, plagiarism, and its themes of both sexual degradation and sexual freedom.
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: “Blurred Lines” and Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody”. She appeared in the 2014 and 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues. Ratajkowski made her professional runway modelling debut for Marc Jacobs at Spring/Summer 2016 New York Fashion Week in 2015 and has since walked on the Paris Fashion Week runway for Miu Miu. She was a spokesperson for Buick in a Super Bowl commercial for its Cascada during Super Bowl 50.
Ratajkowski’s acting career began with youth acting 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 films included Entourage, We Are Your Friends with Zac Efron (her first leading role), and The Spoils Before Dying. She has several current acting engagements in various stages of development.
Ratajkowski is an advocate for women’s health issues as a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood (PPFA). In addition, she supports the right of women to express their sexuality and supports Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign.
An only child,Ratajkowski was born in Westminster, London, to American parents. At the time of her birth, Ratajkoski’s mother and father were aged 39 and 45, respectively, and not married.Her mother Kathleen Balgley, a professor of English and writer described by Ratajkowski as a “feminist and intellectual”, was in London temporarily to teach under the Fulbright Program.Balgley had met Ratajkowski’s father, John David “J. D.” Ratajkowski, a painter and art teacher, when they both taught at San Dieguito Academy.The family settled in San Diego when Ratajkowski was 5.She was raised primarily in nearby Encinitas, California in a small house near the ocean.