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 in 2013 after appearing in the controversial music video for Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”, which became the number one song of the year in several countries.
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.
Ratajkowski began acting as a child, staging shows for her family. Her 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. Later, in 2004, she played Harriet in the interactive Lyceum Theatre production of Harriet Potter and the Throne of Applewort. Ratajkowski signed with Ford Models at age 14 and did teen print catalog modeling for Kohl’s and Nordstrom. She attended San Dieguito Academy high school in San Diego, while modeling and acting in Los Angeles.