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Win your choice of Vera Wang shades. Emily Ratajkowski

Win your choice of Vera Wang shades. Emily Ratajkowski

Win your choice of Vera Wang shades. Emily Ratajkowski

Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski was born in June 7, 1991, is an American model, actress and writer. Born in London to American parents and raised in San Diego, she first appeared on the cover of the March 2012 issue of the erotic magazine treats!, which led to her appearing in two music videos – Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody”.

Ratajkowski appeared in the 2014 and 2015 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues. She made her professional catwalk 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 and Milan Fashion Week for Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, and Versace. Ratajkowski appeared in a Buick Super Bowl commercial during Super Bowl 50 (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 (2009–2010). 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 (2015), We Are Your Friends (2015), I Feel Pretty (2018) and Welcome Home (2018), as well as the miniseries The Spoils Before Dying (2015) and the anthology series Easy (2016). Ratajkowski 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 sexual expression. Her essay collection, My Body, was published by Metropolitan Books in November 2021.

Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski was born June 7, 1991 in Westminster, London, the only child of American parents, school teachers Kathleen Anne Balgley and John David “J.D.” Ratajkowski. She was raised in Encinitas near San Diego, California. She attended UCLA for a year before dropping out to model full-time.

Ratajkowski is of Polish, English, Irish, German, and Polish Jewish descent. Her father was raised Roman Catholic, whereas her mother is Jewish. Ratajkowski has stated that she ethnically identifies herself as “Polish-Israeli”.

Ratajkowski tried soccer, acting, and ballet before modeling. She participated in a few local theater productions as a child and young teen.

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 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.

In December 2014, Us Weekly confirmed she had begun dating musician Jeff Magid. By early 2018, they had reportedly broken up.

On February 23, 2018, Ratajkowski announced on Instagram that she had married actor and producer Sebastian Bear-McClard, her boyfriend of several weeks, in a New York City courthouse wedding. The couple have resided in the NoHo neighborhood of Manhattan and in Los Angeles. On October 26, 2020, Ratajkowski confirmed her pregnancy in a Vogue essay in which she wrote about how she and her husband did not wish to discuss their child’s sex. She gave birth to a son named Sylvester on March 8, 2021.