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Emily Ratajkowski

Emily RatajkowskiEmily Ratajkowski, born on the 7th of June of 1991 in London, England is a British-Polish model who gained a great deal of attention after her controversial performance in Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines music video in which she appears topless.

Ratajkowski was born in London to a Polish father and a British mother, who is an English professor and writer, whom Emily describes as a "feminist and an intellectual". She was raised in Encinitas, California, but lived in and travelled to many parts of Europe at a young age and spent much of her childhood in Bantry, Ireland, and Majorca, Spain.

Her parents are both artists; her mother a British writer and her father a painter of Polish descent. Ratajkowski was signed by Ford Models at the age of 14, but she continued to attend high school in San Diego, California while she modeled and acted in Los Angeles.

She attended UCLA for one year as a fine arts major, but then decided to pursue her career in modeling full-time instead of attending college. She worked for Forever 21 and Nordstrom, but became recognized as a fashion model after shooting several campaigns and editorials with photographer Tony Duran.

As an actress, her most notable role was as Tasha in Nickelodeon's iCarly from 2009 to 2010. She began shooting more fashion editorials and appeared nude on the cover of Treats! Magazine - something which she credits for bringing her the two high-profile music video gigs which she did not audition for.

The 5' 7" (1.70 m) model has worked with photographers such as Tony Kelly, with whom she shot the cover of GQ Turkey and she was featured in a Carl's Jr. commercial, with Sara Jean Underwood, in August of 2012.

Emily RatajkowskiIn 2013 she appeared in two music videos: Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell's Blurred Lines and Maroon 5's Love Somebody. She rose to prominence for her controversial performance in Blurred Lines, which featured her dancing topless.

"When I first saw the video, I was like, Oh, Jesus Christ, I'm so naked," she says.

"Not just naked, but so revealed. It was my personality. There was no glamour involved. I was just silly and playful and kind of ridiculous — a big dork. And I only let my best friends see that. Or if I've had a couple of cocktails."

She is often stared at and when she is recognized comes the usual trouble with people attempting to pronounce her name and what generally follows is: Are you Emily Rajawajajska?

"I get it," she says. "It's eleven letters; it's scary."

So should you come across her somewhere on the street or in a cafe, here's a little hint: The j is silent.

"That's the trick. Occasionally people get it right on the first try, just through random luck. People have told me to change it over the years, but my dad is always saying, 'Never change your name!' My middle name is O'Hara, so it's a pretty epic name. Emily O'Hara Ratajkowski."

Emily RatajkowskiYouTube banned the explicit version of the video for violating its Community Guidelines due to its sexually explicit nature but reinstated it in July of 2013. The Guardian's Peter Robinson noted that Justin Timberlake's Tunnel Vision video was initially banned also, but then reinstated by Youtube because it decided it was art.

When asked by Esquire about her thoughts on whether she thought the video was sexist, she replied that she did not think it was. But, in a separate interview, she said:

"I think there's different kinds of nudity, and there's different kinds of sexiness, and obviously it's hard to distinguish those things. I think that the video was tasteful, beautiful, and there's nothing offensive about it".

Additionally she said that she interpreted the video about "these ladies being silly and a little sarcastic".

David Fincher did not find the video distracting or in poor taste when he cast model Emily Ratajkowski, from in Thicke's Blurred Lines video, as Ben Affleck's college-aged mistress in Gone Girl - a role that was hotly contested among young Hollywood actresses.

It is an adaptation of the bestselling mystery novel by Gillian Flynn.

Emily RatajkowskiGone Girl tells the story of Nick Dunne, played by Ben Affleck, who deals with the disappearance of his wife Amy Dunne, played by Rosamund Pike, and his possible role in her vanishing.

Ratajkowski will play Andie, a college student who has an affair with Nick and later teams up with Amy's parents in an attempt to prove Nick's role in her disappearance. Ratajkowski isn't a total newbie to acting; she previously appeared on Nickelodeon's iCarly and Fox's New Girl.

Tyler Perry is also on board as Nick's defense attorney, Tanner Bolt, and Carrie Coon will play Nick's twin sister, Margo. Neil Patrick Harris will play supporting character Desi Collins, and Kim Dickens and Patrick Fugit are set as detectives working on the case.

Production for Gone Girl starts this fall; the film is scheduled for a 2015 release.

Ratajkowski, the 21-year-old model who appeared in various stages of undress in Thicke's controversial video, joins a cast that already includes Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Fugit and Kim Dickens.

This would be the first major movie role for Ratajkowski, who is represented by Innovative Artists and Untitled Entertainment.

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