Emily Ratajkowski
Birth Date:
June 7, 1991
Birth Place:
London, England, UK
5' 7" (1.70 m)
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Model of Blurred Lines


British-born American model and actress Emily Ratajkowski came to prominence after her controversial performance in the music video of “Blurred Lines” (2013) by Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell. On the acting front, she had a recurring role as Tasha on the television series “iCarly” (2009-2010) and is set to appear in the forthcoming David Fincher movie “Gone Girl” (2014), opposite Ben Affleck.         


Childhood and Family:

Emily O'Hara Ratajkowski was born on June 7, 1991, in London, England, UK, to a Polish painter and an English professor and writer. She was raised in Encinitas, California, but spent much of her childhood in Bantry, Ireland and Majorca, Spain. She attended San Dieguito Academy in San Diego, CA and then took fine arts major at University of California, Los Angeles. She left UCLA after only one year to concentrate on modeling.    



Emily Ratajkowski started modeling when she was 14 years old and was signed by Ford Models. She managed to finish high school and went to college for a year before deciding to pursue modeling career full time. Emily worked for Nordstrom and Forever 21 but she did not get a reputation as a fashion model until after shooting several campaigns and editorials with photographer Tony Duran.

Emily went on to make more fashion editorials and appeared nude on the cover of Treats! Magazine. Her face also decorated the cover of GQ Turkey, during which time she worked with  noted photographer Tony Kelly. She also appeared in a Carl's Jr. commercial, with Playboy Playmate Sara Jean Underwood.

Emily has tried her hands in acting. In 2004, she appeared as a young girl in the short film “Andrew's Alteration,” directed by Sidney Franklin. A year later, she appeared in the Robert Lane drama film “A Year and a Day,” which starred Edoardo Ballerini, Fairuza Balk, and Rachel Binder. Emily had a two episode role as Tasha in the Nickelodeon series “iCarly” (2009-2010).

In 2013, Emily appeared in two music videos: Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell's “Blurred Lines” and Maroon 5's “Love Somebody.” It was her controversial performance in “Blurred Lines,” which featured her dancing topless, that launched the sexy model to prominence. The explicit version of the video was banned by YouTube for violating its Community Guidelines because of its sexually explicit nature but restored it in July 2013.   

Emily will play a small role as Andie Hardy in the upcoming film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel, “Gone Girl,” which is set to be released on October 3, 2014. The film is directed by David Fincher and will star Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike and Neil Patrick Harris.  


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