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Emily RatajkowskiEmily Ratajkowski, born June 7th, 1991 in in Westminster, London but was raised in San Diego, California. She is an American model and actress whom first appeared on the cover of the March 2012 issue of the erotic magazine Treats!

This led to her appearing in two music videos - Robin Thicke’s "Blurred Lines" (the number-one song of 2013 in several countries) and Maroon 5's "Love Somebody".

Ratajkowski appeared in the 2014 and 2015 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues and made her professional runway modeling debut for Marc Jacobs at New York Fashion Week in 2015.

Ratajkowski has since walked on the Paris Fashion Week runway for Miu Miu and Milan Fashion Week for Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, and Versace.

Ratajkowski appeared in a Buick Super Bowl commercial during Super Bowl 50 back in 2016, and has become the spokesperson for brands such as DKNY, The Frye Company, Kerastase, Paco Rabanne, and DL1961.

Ratajkowski began acting as a child in San Diego before she gained a recurring role on the Nickelodeon series iCarly from 2009 to 2010. Her feature film debut was as the mistress of Ben Affleck's character in the 2014 film Gone Girl.

Her other roles include the films Entourage in 2015, We Are Your Friends in 2015, I Feel Pretty in 2018 and Welcome Home in 2018, as well as in the miniseries The Spoils Before Dying in 2015 and the anthology series Easy in 2016.

Emily RatajkowskiRatajkowski is an advocate for women's health issues as a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood. As a self-identified feminist, she has received both support and criticism for her views on female sexual expression.

Ratajkowski was the only child of American parents, Kathleen Anne Balgley and John David "J.D." Ratajkowski. Balgley, who earned her PhD from the University of California, San Diego, became a lecturer of English at the University of California, in Los Angeles.

She then taught American literature in Poland from September 1987 to July 1988, and again from September 1988 to July 1989, under the Fulbright Program.

Balgley met Ratajkowski, a painter and art teacher, while they were both teaching at San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas, California - 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 settling in San Diego, California, when Ratajkowski was five years old. She was raised primarily in nearby Encinitas.

Balgley formerly taught at California Polytechnic State University, and as of 2011, taught at San Diego Jewish Academy.

Ratajkowski is of English, Irish, Polish, German, and Jewish descent. Her father was raised Roman Catholic, whereas her mother was raised Jewish.

Emily RatajkowskiBefore Ratajkowski left London at the age of five, she was obsessed with theater. She began acting as a child, staging shows for her family. Her earliest role was as Elsa in the North Coast Repertory Theatre School's The Little Match Girl.

In 2004, she played Harriet in the interactive Lyceum Theatre production of Harriet Potter and the Throne of Applewort. Ratajkowski tried her hand at soccer, acting, and danced ballet before she started modeling.

Ratajkowski visited nude beaches in Europe with her family during her youth and the exposure to the nude female figure in photography and art during her formative years, including the work of her father, as well as the photography of Helmut Newton and Herb Ritts, prepared Ratajkowski for nude work.

She has said, "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."

She was also influenced by third-wave feminism and works such as The Beauty Myth and Promiscuities by Naomi Wolf.

With encouragement from an acting coach, Ratajkowski met and signed with a talent agent who contacted Ford Models. That same day, she signed with Ford at the age of 14 and went on to do teen print catalog modeling for Kohl's and Nordstrom.

At 15, Ratajkowski began auditioning for Disney and iCarly roles, but as she pursued acting she was all too often typecast as a bully or cheerleader, and decided to stop auditioning until she had garnered enough fame to be more selective about her roles. Her manager discouraged her from pursuing many acting engagements until she could be more selective.

Emily RatajkowskiShe attended San Dieguito Academy, a high school in San Diego, while modeling and acting in Los Angeles. Then after two nondescript movie roles, she appeared as Gibby's girlfriend, Tasha, in two episodes of the third season of Nickelodeon's iCarly in 2009 to 2010.

Ratajkowski attended UCLA for one year in 2009, before she decided to model full-time. She later said that she found the fine art education at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture arbitrary and in conflict with her artistic concepts, and that she did not enjoy socializing with fellow students.

After campaigns and editorials with photographer Tony Duran, 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 of 2012.

She credits that cover for bringing her the two unsolicited, high-profile, music video roles. Ratajkowski later filmed commercials for Nikon and Carl's Jr., including multiple versions of a 2012 Carl's Jr. commercial with Sara Jean Underwood.

She also did nude and clothed art modeling for magazines, including a May 2012 shoot with Jonathan Leder, as well as work for Frederick's of Hollywood - 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.

Ratajkowski also worked with photographer Tony Kelly for the March 2013 GQ Turkey cover.

Emily RatajkowskiRatajkowski appeared in Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell Williams's 2013 video, "Blurred Lines". Previously, Ratajkowski had been cast in two other music videos: "Fast Car" by Taio Cruz, which was released on November 5th, 2012, and Maroon 5's "Love Somebody", which was released two months after "Blurred Lines".

"Love Somebody", shot on January 16th, and "Blurred Lines" were both produced in 2013. The video for "Love Somebody" was released on May 21st, 2013.

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.

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, but Ratajkowski initially declined the role, fearing being classified as a music video model, but Martel persuaded her.

The video was released on March 20th, 2013 and on March 28th, Thicke posted an explicit version, with a topless Ratajkowski.

"Blurred Lines" was controversial: its video was called sexist for its perceived degradation of women, and some felt its lyrics promoted rape.

Emily RatajkowskiOthers disagreed, asserting that the lyrics supported female power and sexual freedom. Martel defended Ratajkowski's performance, saying: "it's very, very funny and subtly ridiculing."

Ratajkowski did not think of the video as sexist 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".

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."

Ratajkowski did not feel objectified and enjoyed performing in a sexual manner: The attention given to the nudity in the video, she said, shows that America has not advanced as far as it should have, and, she believes, society represses sexuality, which is bad for both sexes.

"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, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Although second on the year-end US Billboard Hot 100 chart, 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.

The song also remained in the news due to a copyright infringement lawsuit and appeal.

Emily RatajkowskiThe "Blurred Lines" video garnered Ratajkowski notoriety, especially as a sex symbol and in October 2013, Esquire magazine named Ratajkowski "Woman of the Year", over online fan vote finalist Jennifer Lawrence.

That December, Rolling Stone magazine listed her among its twenty hottest sex symbols and in February 2014, Sports Illustrated magazine named Ratajkowski as one of twelve 50th anniversary swimsuit issue rookies.

In April, FHM ranked her the fourth sexiest woman in the world. Maxim magazine included Ratajkowski at number 62 on its 2014 Hot 100 list and AskMen ranked her the third most desirable woman of 2014.

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.

On June 24th, she appeared topless in the July 2014 American GQ cover story, photographed by Michael Thompson. 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.

Ratajkowski leveraged her sudden prominence into supporting roles in major films - she played Andie Fitzgerald, the mistress of Ben Affleck's character, in David Fincher's 2014 adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel Gone Girl. Affleck encouraged Fincher to consider Ratajkowski after seeing the "Blurred Lines" video.

U-T San Diego described Ratajkowski's performance as "nuanced", 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. Reflecting on the performance in 2016, Wolf described Ratajkowski's portrayal as sympathetic and compassionate.

Emily RatajkowskiDays after Gone Girl's September 26th, 2014, New York Film Festival premiere, Ratajkowski became the cover model for the November 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan.

On October 30th, 2014, she appeared with Taylor Kitsch in the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare live-action trailer.

Ratajkowski appeared on the February 2015 FHM cover, but she tweeted that her picture was used without her consent. FHM responded that "we liked the pictures so much we stuck one on our front cover".

Ratajkowski co-starred in the 2015 film Entourage as a fictionalized version of herself, playing the love interest of Adrian Grenier's character, Vincent Chasem.

Her performance received critical commentary ranging from "less than compelling", by The Hollywood Reporter's Sheri Linden, to "uncanny realism", by The Philadelphia Inquirer's Steven Rea.

Grantland's Morris described her role and performance with scathing sarcasm. She was also cast in the 2015 miniseries The Spoils Before Dying as Agent Day, appearing late in the series. Her performance was favorably reviewed by Emily L. Stephens of The A.V. Club, while other critics commented that she was part of a solid supporting cast.

Ratajkowski earned her first leading role, opposite Zac Efron, in We Are Your Friends, a musical drama released in August 2015, and was part of the film's promotional tour to Europe and North America.

Starting with the August 11th London premiere, this tour marked her ascension as a style icon as she earned multiple best dressed citations from various sources.

Emily RatajkowskiShe played Stanford University dropout Sophie, the love interest of Efron's character and girlfriend/personal assistant of Wes Bentley's character. Her performance received mixed reviews. Alonso Duralde of TheWrap described the role as thin, as did Ty Burr of The Boston Globe.

Burr said that Ratajkowski's performance was "surpassingly dull", while Nell Minow of Beliefnet stated that she "does more posing than acting".

Kyle Smith of the New York Post described her performance as "quietly entrancing", and Jordan Hoffman of the Daily News described Ratajkowski's performance as "stunning and sweet".

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".

Around the time of the release of We Are Your Friends, Ratajkowski appeared on the covers of Grazia France, British GQ, harper by Harper's Bazaar, InStyle UK, and InStyle Australia, as well as a role as a 2015 MTV Video Music Awards presenter.

The British GQ cover story was photographed by Mario Testino, who produced a short film featuring Ratajkowski for the magazine's website. Soon after, on September 17th, 2015, she made her runway debut for Marc Jacobs at the spring/summer 2016 New York Fashion Week finale.

This appearance contributed to her number-one listing among Vogue's 12 Breakout Beauty Stars of 2015. For fall/winter 2016 fashions, Ratajkowski walked the Paris Fashion Week runway for Miu Miu on March 9th, 2016.

Emily RatajkowskiShe 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."

A Buick Super Bowl ad for its Cascada convertible during Super Bowl 50 on February 7th, 2016, featured Ratajkowski and Odell Beckham Jr.

The ad, in which she made a wedding bouquet catch reminiscent of Beckham's catch from 2014, received average ratings, according to USA Today's admeter.

The ad was filmed with a stunt double making the catch. 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.

In May, Ratajkowski appeared in the Russian-language music video "Inseparable" with Russian entertainer Dima Bilan as a photographer and Ratajkowski as his muse.

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.

Along with Joan Smalls and Kate Upton, Ratajkowski was one of three models for the October Glamour cover. 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.

She appeared in a season 1 episode of Joe Swanberg's Netflix series, Easy that was released on September 22, 2016. Her episode, in which she is a lifecasting selfie artist, met with mixed reviews.

She was a guest judge on the October 20, Project Runway season 15 episode. By November 2016, Ratajkowski was attached to Lying and Stealing, which also starred Theo James.

Emily RatajkowskiRatajkowski began 2017 on the February Vogue España cover shot by Miguel Reveriego. She also made cover appearances on the March issue of U.S. InStyle, and the May covers of American Marie Claire (with alternate covers by Janelle Monáe, Aja Naomi King, Zoey Deutch, Alexandra Daddario, and others as well as the French L'Officiel.

Ratajkowski played Jessica Weintraub, the female lead opposite Spencer Boldman in the film Cruise, which was written and directed by Robert Siegel. She was hired as part of the cast of the film In Darkness, alongside Natalie Dormer, Ed Skrein, and Stacy Martin.

Ratajkowski had a role opposite Aaron Paul in Welcome Home and on September 23rd, she walked the Milan Fashion Week runway for Bottega Veneta. Later that month, Ratajkowski revealed that she was working with a dialogue coach to learn the French and Italian languages for Lying and Stealing.

On November 1, Tyga posted an unofficial 60-second video teaser for "Tequilla Kisses", which featured Ratajkowski. As a result, Ratajkowski was noted as the starring performer in Tyga's "Tequilla Kisses" bonus track music video.

However, on November 4, Tyga removed the full video from various points of internet access including his own Instagram account, following complaints from Ratajkowski that the video was from a lookbook Ratajkowski did with Phillip Lopez in 2013.

On November 9th, Harper's Bazaar UK published a story about Ratajkowski's impending release of her own swimwear brand after Emrata Holdings LLC acquired the trademark to Inamorata in August and she left a trail of breadcrumbs on social media.

Ratajkowski retweeted the story. The bathing suit line, Inamorata, went live on November 16, 2017 with three bikini separates and three one-pieces.

Ratajkowski co-starred alongside Amy Schumer in the 2018 comedy film I Feel Pretty.

Emily RatajkowskiHer role, which was described as "pivotal" by USA Today critic Bryan Alexander, included ad libbed improvisational comedy. On March 29th, 2018, was cast as a series regular in the NBC pilot Bright Futures.

The yet unaired pilot was compared to Friends and How I Met Your Mother. The show was not included in NBC's 2018–19 schedule. She was also featured on the cover of the June 2018 issue of Marie Claire.

She designed the mythology-themed "EmRata x Spinelli Kilcollin" jewelry collection with Spinelli Kilcollin that launched at Barneys New York on May 30th, 2018, with prices starting at $6,000.

On September 21st, 2018, Ratajkowski walked the Milan Fashion Week runway for Versace. That same weekend, she walked fashion week for Dolce & Gabbana.

In September 2014, Ratajkowski was a victim in a celebrity hacking and internet posting wave of stolen nude iCloud photographs. In December 2014, Us Weekly confirmed she had begun dating musician Jeff Magid, but by early 2018, they had reportedly broken up.

On February 23rd, 2018, Ratajkowski announced on Instagram that she had married actor and producer Sebastian Bear-McClard, her boyfriend of several weeks, in a surprise New York City courthouse wedding. In October 2020, Ratajkowski announced, via a Vogue digital cover, that she is pregnant with her first child.

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