Emily Ratajkowski Biography

Actress, Model (1991–)
Emily Ratajkowski is a model, actress and designer who had a breakthrough appearance in the 2013 music video for "Blurred Lines," then went on to act in films like 'Gone Girl,' 'I Feel Pretty' and 'Cruise.'

Who Is Emily Ratajkowski?

Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski (born June 7, 1991) began modeling at the age of 14; she did well in the career despite being shorter than the average model at 5-foot-7. In the summer of 2013, her magnetic and topless turn in the music video for Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" brought her further attention and led to a pivotal role in the film Gone Girl. Ratajkowski has continued to model while building a resume in movies and television; she's acted in the Entourage film, We Are Your Friends, In Darkness and Cruise. Popular on Instagram, Ratajkowski is a self-described feminist who does not hesitate to discuss topics such as beauty, the sexualization of women and girls, body image, art and politics.

Emily Ratajkowski Photo

Emily Ratajkowski attends the Vogue Foundation Dinner Photocall as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall_Winter 2018-2019 at Musee Galliera on July 3, 2018 in Paris, France.


On February 23, 2018, Ratajkowski married Sebastian Bear-McClard, a producer and actor. The surprise ceremony took place at City Hall in New York City; among the small group of attendees were friend of the groom and social media star Fat Jewish (Josh Otrovsky) and a pug.

Instead of a wedding dress, Ratajkowski wore a mustard-colored Zara pantsuit and a wide-brimmed black hat. She later explained to Vanity Fair, "I never loved the idea of white for a wedding because I’m not a pure woman. I’m a woman with a lot of character and experience and life."

Ratajkowski went public with news of her wedding via Instagram. Images showed the bride and groom with gold wedding bands; Bear-McClard also had two additional rings reading "EM" and "RATA." The pair honeymooned in Amangiri resort in Canyon Point, Utah.

Engagement Ring

During an appearance on The Tonight Show, Ratajkowski told Jimmy Fallon that Bear-McClard had fashioned a ring out of a paper clip to propose. She later designed her own engagement ring with two diamonds: one princess-cut, the other pear-shaped.

Movies and Television

Ratajkowski made her film debut playing Andie, the mistress of Ben Affleck's character, in Gone Girl (2014). She got the part after Affleck saw her in "Blurred Lines" and mentioned her to director David Fincher.

In 2015 Ratajkowski appeared as the love interest for Zac Efron's dance music DJ in We Are Your Friends and was romanced by Adrian Grenier in Entourage. She had a villainous turn in In Darkness (2018), starring Natalie Dormer; played Mallory, a model suffering from low self-esteem, in the Amy Schumer headliner I Feel Pretty (2018); and traveled to Italy to act opposite Aaron Paul in the thriller Welcome Home.

In Cruise (2018), a film set in the 1980s, Ratajkowski has a lead role as a Jewish college student who adopts an alter ego to walk on the wild side, then falls in love with a working-class Italian-American boy (played by Spencer Boldman).

Ratajkowski's first acting job was two episodes of iCarly in 2009-10; as her family didn't have a TV, she didn't know the show. Before her "Blurred Lines" breakthrough, she was seen in a Carl's Jr. ad.

In 2016 Ratajkowski was in a Super Bowl commercial. She appeared in the Netflix anthology series Easy and the pilot Bright Futures, which in May 2018 was not selected for NBC's upcoming schedule.

Music Video Appearances

Prior to making "Blurred Lines," Ratajkowski made an appearance in the video for Maroon 5's "Somebody," wearing body paint and getting close to Adam Levine. She also was in "Fast Car" by Taio Cruz.

In the "Blurred Lines" video, the female models sported thongs while Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams got to keep their clothes on. The video received criticism, and its uncensored version was temporarily banned from YouTube, yet both the song and video became hits in the summer of 2013.

Ratajkowski was initially uninterested when she was contacted about "Blurred Lines." However, hearing about the female director's playful vision convinced her to participate. Talking about the project in 2016, Ratajkowski said, "Like any art, there’s a million ways to interpret it. All I can say is that when a woman is naked, that’s not immediately anti-feminist. I have no apologies for it, and I’m not ashamed at all."

Modeling Career

After an acting coach suggested Ratajkowski try modeling, she signed with Ford Models at 14. Though she was 5-foot-7, her modeling career flourished.

One early project for Ratajkowski was being photographed for Treats, an artistic erotica magazine. Robin Thicke saw her on the cover, which led to her being hired for "Blurred Lines."

After "Blurred Lines," Ratajkowski was in a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. In the fall of 2015 she made her runway debut for Marc Jacobs during New York Fashion Week. Ratajkowski has appeared on multiple magazine covers, including: Cosmopolitan, British Glamour and Marie Claire. She's been in ad campaigns for DKNY (in one, she walked the streets of New York with a dog while wearing lingerie) and is an ambassador for Kérastase and Paco Rabanne Parfum.

By continuing to model even as her acting career took off, Ratajkowski has said she was able to be more selective in the roles she took on.


Ratajkowski has designed suits for her own Inamorata swimwear. In 2017 she co-designed a bag collection for clothing brand The Kooples; one of these was "The Emily Bag."

A portion of the proceeds from a line of dresses designed by Ratajkowski in 2015 went to support Planned Parenthood.

Dating Life

Ratajkowski was involved with Jeff Magid for four years. The relationship ended shortly before her wedding. She had previously dated Andrew Dryden.

When Was Emily Ratajkowski Born?

Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski was born on June 7, 1991, in London, England, United Kingdom.

How to Pronounce 'Ratajkowski'

The "J" in Ratajkowski is silent, so the name is said as "Rat-a-kow-ski."

Family Background

Ratajkowski is of Polish and Israeli descent. Her mother, Kathleen Balgley, is a retired professor of English literature. Father John Ratajkowski is an artist. Ratajkowski is their only child.

Early Life and Education

Ratajkowski's first years were spent in London; her mother was there on a Fulbright when her daughter was born.

When Ratajkowski was five, her parents relocated to California; she grew up in San Diego. Balgley became a professor at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, while John Ratajkowski taught art at San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas.

Ratajkowski attended the magnet high school where her father taught before enrolling at UCLA in 2009 to study art. She left college after a year to focus on modeling.


Ratajkowski was one of the celebrity victims whose nude photos were stolen from their iCloud accounts. Her photos were released by a hacker in September 2014.

The Fyre Festival was promoted by Ratajkowski and other Instagram celebrities as a luxurious music festival in the Bahamas. However, the 2017 event flopped, with some attendees going hungry and finding inadequate shelter. The festival's organizer pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges in 2018.

Speaking Out

Ratajkowski, a supporter of Planned Parenthood, has appeared in PSAs for the organization.

During the 2016 presidential race, Ratajkowski threw her support behind Bernie Sanders and campaigned for the candidate.

When a New York Times reporter described Melania Trump as a "hooker" in 2017, Ratajkowski condemned him on Twitter. The reporter went on to publicly apologize; the First Lady thanked Ratajkowski for her support.

Ratajkowski went through puberty and developed D-cup breasts at an early age. In 2016 she wrote an essay, "Baby Woman," about being sexualized as a young girl. It appeared in Lena Dunham's newsletter, Lenny Letter.

In 2016 Ratajkowski offered her support to Kim Kardashian after Kardashian faced a backlash for posting a nude selfie. The two went on to join forces for a topless selfie, in which they flipped off their critics.

Ratajkowski has stressed the importance of women controlling and accepting their own images. She called out Madame Figaro in 2017 when the magazine photoshopped her cover photo.

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