Emily Ratajkowski

Born June 7, 1991 is a British-American model and actress. Born in London to American parents, and raised primarily in California, she rose to prominence after appearing in the controversial music video for Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines", which became the number one song of the year 2013 in several countries.
Her 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: the controversial "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 the 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's Cascada in a Super Bowl commercial during Super Bowl 50.
Ratajkowski began acting as a youth 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. Currently she has several acting engagements in various stages of development.Ratajkowski is an advocate for women's health issues as a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood (PPFA) and supports the right of women to express their sexuality. Her claim to being a feminist has been both supported and disputed. She also endorses Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign.Ratajkowski, an only child,was born in Westminster, London to American parents.At the time of her birth, her mother and father were aged 39 and 45, respectively,and unmarried.Her mother, Kathleen Balgley, a professor of English and a 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 five. She was raised primarily in nearby Encinitas, California in a small house near the ocean.Ratajkowski's mother formerly taught at California Polytechnic State University.Ratajkowski is of Polish, German, Polish Jewish and Irish descent.Her father was raised Catholic, while her mother was raised Jewish. She told Niamh Horan of the Irish Independent: "Both my grandmothers are from Ireland". When asked about her heritage in 2012, Ratajkowski answered: "Polish Israeli".She lived in, and traveled to, many parts of Europe during her youth, including long periods in Bantry, County Cork, Ireland, and Mallorca, Spain.She spent her young adult summers in Ireland until she became a full-time model. Ratajkowski grew up without television; she tried soccer, acting, and ballet before modeling.Exposure to the nude female figure in photography and art during her formative years, including the work of her father, prepared Ratajkowski for her nude and semi-nude appearances before the camera. Among her influences was exposure in books to the photography of Helmut Newton and Herb Ritts. Ratajkowski said she is comfortable with the naked body due to her background and life experiences, stating: "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".Ratajkowski also frequently visited nudist beaches in Europe with her family during her youth. As a young teen, who experienced early pronounced physical maturation, Ratajkowski endured pressure from friends, family, and society to suppress expressing her sexuality and how she presented herself.
Filmography
Film
Year     Title     Role     Notes
2004     Andrew's Alteration     Young Girl     Short film
2005     A Year and a Day     Girl    
2014     Gone Girl     Andie Fitzgerald    
2015     Entourage     Herself    
2015     We Are Your Friends     Sophie    
Television
Year     Title     Role     Notes
2009–2010     iCarly     Tasha     2 episodes
2015     The Spoils Before Dying         Main cast
Music videos
Year     Title     Artist
2012     "Fast Car"     Taio Cruz
2013     "Blurred Lines"     Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell
2013     "Love Somebody"     Maroon 5
Magazine cover history
Magazine     Country     Date     Photographer     Notes
treats!     United States     March 2012        
GQ     Turkey     March 2013     Tony Kelly    
CR Fashion Book     unknown     Fall/Winter 2013     Bruce Weber    
S moda     Spain     March 1, 2014     Tetsu Kubota    
GQ     United States     July 2014     Michael Thompson    
Ocean Drive     United States     September 2014     Tony Duran    
Cosmopolitan     United States     November 2014     Eric Ray Davidson    
FHM     United Kingdom     February 2015     unknown    
Cosmopolitan     Italy     June 2015     Eric Ray Davidson    
Cosmopolitan     Singapore     June 2015     Eric Ray Davidson    
Cosmopolitan     South Africa     July 2015     Eric Ray Davidson    
Grazia     Italy     August 14, 2015     unknown    
GQ     United Kingdom     September 2015     Mario Testino    
Harper by Harper's Bazaar     United States     September 2015     Will Davidson    
Editorialist     United States     Fall/Winter 2015     Derek Kettela    
InStyle     United Kingdom     October 2015     Jenny Gage and Tom Betterton    
InStyle     Australia     October 2015     Jenny Gage and Tom Betterton    
Le Petit Voyeur     unknown     December 2015     Jonathan Leder    
GQ     Spain     January 2016     Mario Testino    
GQ     Russia     February 2016     Mario Testino