Born in Liverpool, the oldest of four children born to Karen (née Sullivan) and Geoffrey Thomas Clancy, Clancy formed girl band Genie Queen, who were managed by Andy McCluskey from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD).
Clancy on the Catwalk in 2012
In summer 2006, the second cycle of Living TV's Britain's Next Top Model included Clancy as one of the thirteen finalists in the competition, competing over 10 weeks for a modelling contract. Clancy made it to the final runway show with fellow contestant Lianna Fowler, eventually becoming the runner up.
After appearing on Britain's Next Top Model, Clancy modelled for several magazines and newspapers. In May 2007, Clancy appeared on the cover of Arena magazine,and modelled the Triumph Bonneville Motorbike in the Daily Mail newspaper.Clancy was chosen to appear in Sports Illustrated magazine in the 2010 swimsuit edition. Clancy was featured for her sporting connection to Peter Crouch and was photographed for the magazine wearing only body paint to make it appear as if she was wearing an England shirt.
Clancy appeared in a 2010 campaign for Umbro sportswear, modelling an England shirt, along with other footballer's wives and girlfriends from countries that have won the World Cup. Clancy walked in the Giles Deacon Ready-To-Wear line Giles Spring 2011 collection.
In March 2011 Clancy appeared on the Elite Model Management: New York division website. In July 2013, she appeared as part of London designer Hasan Hejazi's campaign, in a fashion editorial by Absynth Photographic and a fashion film by Gabriel Gettman. Clancy also graced the August 2011 cover of UK Esquire shot by photographer Sølve Sundsbø.In December 2013 Clancy was featured in LOVE magazine's Advent Calendar alongside Suki Waterhouse and Cara Delevingne.
In July 2014, Clancy graced the cover of British Marie Claire and in March 2015, British Elle.
Clancy has appeared as a talking head in the documentaries Slave to Fashion and The Ultimate Bikini Guide for Channel 4, as a guest on programmes such as Richard & Judy, The Chris Moyles Show, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, GMTV, This Morning and in her own reality TV series Abbey and Janice: Beauty and the Best which followed her attempts to break the Los Angeles modelling scene with Janice Dickinson as her mentor. The show aired from 14 May to 18 June 2007 on Living TV.
Clancy featured in the third series of Hell's Kitchen.She was the third contestant to be voted off the show by the public, and the fifth to leave overall.
On 10 May 2009, Clancy featured on Chris Moyles' Quiz Night alongside Patsy Kensit. She won her episode and was the overall winner of the first series.
Clancy also co-hosted the ITV2 series, The Fashion Show with model Michelle de Swarte and George Lamb.Her cousin Chloe Cummings, made the top 13 contestants in the fifth cycle of Britain's Next Top Model, of which Clancy herself was a guest in episode 8, being the first ex-contestant from the Top Model franchise to appear on the judging panel.
On 22 December 2009, Clancy appeared as a "contestant" on a spoof version of Blind Date as part of an episode of Alan Carr: Chatty Man in which Cilla Black was a guest.
In April 2010, Clancy was featured in ITV2's The Parent Trip along with her mother Karen. She also appeared as a panellist on A League Of Their Own.
Clancy was a regular guest on James Corden's World Cup Live.
She also co-hosted the reality TV show Great British Hairdresser in 2011.
In 2013, Clancy won the eleventh series of Strictly Come Dancing. Her professional partner was newcomer and Burn the Floor dancer, Aljaž Skorjanec. On 16 November 2013, they received their first "10s" of the competition, during Blackpool Week. On 30 November 2013, they became the first couple that year to score a perfect "40", during Musicals Week.Clancy is also the first Strictly celebrity by alphabetical order.
In 2014, Clancy was announced as the new host for a revived series of Britain's Next Top Model, 9 years after she began her own career on the show.
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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.
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
Year Title Role Notes
2009–2010 iCarly Tasha 2 episodes
2015 The Spoils Before Dying Main cast
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