She’s All That
Model, actress, influencer and... Intellectual? Meet the flipside of Emily Ratajkowski that you’ll never see on her Insta feed.
More than just a bangin’ bod, Emily Ratajkowski bets you still can’t say her last name
four teen million, and counting. That’ s the following of the girl who can have it all. Emily Ratajkowski, or EmRata as she’s more affectionately known to her millions, is so much more than apartin a movie or baring it allina fashion campaign. Born in London and raised in California, EmRata was discovered at the tender age of fourteen. While one of her first few roles were in the General- rated Nickelodeon’s iCarly, she really broke onto t he scene with her debut in Robin Thicke’s ‘ Blurred Lines ’. With parts in big screen hits like Gone
Girl and Entourage, this 26- year-old has made her mark in modeling and rubbing shoulders with celebs and It Girls.
Know this: Apart from that topless s elfie with KimK ( she took a picture with Kim in a bathroom mirror with both of them holding their middle fingers up ), it seems EmRata is so much more than meets the eye. With acting, modeling and breaking the Internet with herb odin her repertoire, she is surprisingly grounded, humble and multi-talented. Just ask her intellectual mum and painter dad.
With editorials ba ring more and more( she has posed fully nude, you know right ?) and an In sta feed that dishes ups elfie sand even more skin, you’ll discover this It Girl is actually an artist, and loves to draw, paint, read and write. Beauty with brains they call it. Meet the complete package. From your career, you are the girl to die for. And at this point in time, I am sure this is not something to worry about, but sometimes do you question it? Well I don’t even perceive myself that way. I feel that there’ s much more tome and so many things that I would like to explore. As an actress, it doesn’t sort of worry me, partly because I don’t consider it. At what point did you decide that your beauty could bea weapon to achieve stardom, or it just happened that way? I think it just happened that way, because I think, at least the way I was raised, I never really thought about the way I look or the way that people perceive me, and it’s a strange thing tobe model or an actress and have that outlook. But it sort of allows other people to do the work and decide
There’s a lot of beautiful people in the world. And beauty is subjective.
I find myself really drawn to uniquelooking women who aren’t necessarily even models but their confidence is something really special about them.
what you look like and what kind of roles you play. But the really important thing tome, which I also really am hoping that I can explore in future roles, is just to show that I am not just this person that people perceived; the girl to die for or whatever, that there will be a chance to show my range of depth and my acting.
Your mother is a professor and your father is a painter, so growing up, was it an intellectual house? How was the house you grew up in?
Well Ia man only child and my parents are older and an artist and an English professor. I guess they are close ina lot of ways and I was treated as a third member of the family, not as a child but as another adult ina lot of ways. So our dinner table was always filled with conversations about ideas. There’ s a saying in my house; don’t talk about people, talk about ideas. And I think that that’ s really helped me in my career and figuring out what things I think are valuable and projects that I want to sign onto.
So when did this i dea of becoming an actress star t for you, and how old were you?
I star ted doing t heater school when I was probably seven years old. Just something I thought I’d try, you know how you put your kid in ballet or soccer, it was like an after school activity, and it turned out to be the one that stuck the most. So, it was definitely like an early thing that I loved and I loved being on stage, and I loved the focus that it took, so I guess it’ s always been something t hat I knew I was passionate about.
And then at 14 you became a model. So how did you take that in the beginning and how difficult isit to be a professional model so young?
[At that point] I was still in public high school in San Diego and my parents were both working, and t hey were really supportive, so it wasn’t the typical story where you hear someone who finds an agency at 14 and drops out of school. For me, modeling was just another alternative to waitressing or any kind of way that you make money as an adolescent. And in that way, I think it was actually perfect, the way that it worked out because while I was gaining real work experience, something t hat I could pursue, but I was also having a normal childhood.
What do you enjoy about modeling?
I really enjoy the travel aspect, ll ike the idea of going to work and meeting new people each time you have a new job, I love that. And I don’t think it always happens, but there are shoots where you get to work with really artistic photographers, and you do feel a connection with them and I wouldn’t say that it’s like acting, but there is something sort of related to that, where you take on a
character and you are inspiring someone and it’s a really great experience.
And what do you hate about it?
I think the traveling as well. Even though that can be really great, sometimes it’ s exhausting and I really just want togo home, especially when you travel really far and you are only ina place for one night, and then you fly right back. You don’t get to experience that place that you go to, which can be frustrating.
Are there any directors that you want to work with? I am sure at 26, you have a big bucket list.
I really do. I also think though, even though I have directors that I would like to work with, really reading projects and scripts and thinking about who’s on board and what the story is[ what I consider] before I sign onto anything. Because even a great director can make a crappy movie sometimes and I think the most important thing tome is the characters and the story and that’ s how I will make the decisions about what projects I will work with, even though there’ s obviously a lot of people, names I could name. But tome, the thing that I always feel I need to be inspired by is the story.
In five years, if things go well, you may have many choices ahead of you. Is writing and directing some crazy goal that you have?
Well I think I have always been surprised with how I think, every time I think oh in five years I might do this thing, in one year, my life completely changes. So I have no idea’ what in five years’ will look like, but itis nice to have an array of things that I am interested in and think I could be good at, just sort of for the future.
What kind of books are you i nto?
I am reading a collection of short stories by George Saunders right now. It’ s called In Persuasion Nation. It’s a collection of his short stories. And I guess sort of in the past year Ire ada lot of short story collections, but I also read a lot of fiction novels.
And you write short stories too?
Yeah. I haven’ t written a short story in quite awhile, but definitely in college and after, I’ ve written[ short stories ].
What’s the downside of being so beautiful as you are? How does that affect your relationships with men or other people, even with women? How do you handle it?
I think it’s a strange thing to think about what you look like, so I sort of made it my point to not think about how it might affect my relationships with people, because I think that’ s when you sort of start losing sight of what’ s important inlife. I think with women, it’ s really interesting because I think unfortunately, its women’ s nature to be competitive. It’ s definitely taught me to just sort of immediately put my cards down with women and really reach out to them so that they feel comfortable. There area lot of beautiful people in the world. And beauty is subjective.
Talking about beauty, what i s the absolute beautiful women i n the world for you?
I sor t of f i nd myself really drawn to unique- l ooking women who aren’t necessarily even models but t heir confidence i s something really special about t hem. And sometimes t hey are not women who would be considered models.
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Her mom’s gorgeous too!