Name Emily Ratajkowski

Birth name Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski

Birthday 7 June 1991

Star sign Gemini

Birthplace Westminster, London

Long before she shot to fame in the raunchy video for Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines, Emily Ratajkowski was born to American parents in London in 1991.

Her mum Kathleen was an English professor teaching at Fulbright and her dad John was a painter and art teacher.

Throughout her childhood Emily travelled a lot but mainly grew up in California. She was an only child and the family didn’t have a television.

At the age of 14 Emily started modelling and signed with Ford Models while continuing to attend high school.

She also had minor acting roles, including a two-episode stint in children’s TV show iCarly.

Emily attended the University of California but left after a year to pursue her modelling career. She appeared in campaigns for brands such as Forever 21 and Nordstrom.

The sexy brunette starred in a racy nude photoshoot for Treats! Magazine in 2012 and thinks this was how she got her break.

After the shoot Emily Ratajkowski featured in the video for Maroon 5’s hit Love Somebody before being offered a part in Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines. She initially turned it down but director Diane Martel persuaded her.

Emily appeared alongside two other models in the footage and danced around Robin, Pharrell Williams and TI in skimpy underwear. An explicit version was also released where she strutted around topless.

The song was a huge hit but the video sparked controversy, with some critics branding it sexist. Emily Ratajkowski has defended the clip, saying it is ‘celebrating women and their bodies’.

After Blurred Lines, Emilywas hailed as a sex symbol and starred in various saucy photoshoots.
She was named as the 4th Sexiest Woman In The World in FHM’s annual chart and also appeared in Maxim’s Hot 100 list.

The model’s acting career has been reignited since Blurred Lines. Emily scooped a role alongside Ben Affleck in the much-anticipated film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl and was also cast as version of herself in the Entourage movie.

She excitedly announced that she’d got her first leading part in August 2014 when she revealed that she’d be starring opposite Zac Efron in coming-of-age flick We Are Your Friends.