“Why fo­cus on what I’m wear­ing?”

From star­ring in the in­fa­mous ‘Blurred Lines’ video to be­ing ar­rested at a po­lit­i­cal protest, model and ac­tor Emily Rata­jkowski, 27, is no stranger to con­tro­versy. But, as she tells Stel­lar, she’s not about to apol­o­gise for em­brac­ing her sex­u­al­ity

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Stellar - - Contents - In­ter­view by MEG MA­SON Emily Rata­jkowski R is the face f of Paco Raba Ra­banne Pure XS.

While she’s no stranger to con­tro­versy – from star­ring in the ‘Blurred Lines’ video to a po­lit­i­cal ar­rest – Emily Rata­jkowski will con­tinue to em­brace her sex­u­al­ity.

You had a very bo­hemian child­hood and didn’t even have a TV. What were you do­ing while most peo­ple your age were watch­ing Daw­son’s Creek? I spent a lot of time mak­ing up crazy, in­volved games and plays with my friends. It was def­i­nitely good for the imag­i­na­tion, although now I can’t imag­ine life without a phone or tele­vi­sion. Ac­tu­ally, we’re just as­sum­ing you’ve even heard of Daw­son’s Creek. But is there a hole where your teen pop­cul­ture knowl­edge should be? I missed a lot of stuff that my friends were su­per into – like the Spice Girls. But I didn’t miss Brit­ney Spears. Nope. Loved Brit­ney. Your mod­el­ling ca­reer al­most hap­pened by ac­ci­dent. What was it like see­ing your­self on a news­stand for the first time? It’s just sur­real. You’re like, “OK, that’s me… whoa.” It was five years ago and you were only 22, but you’re still asked about your role in the con­tro­ver­sial video for Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’. Is that frus­trat­ing? I’ve made peace with it, es­pe­cially be­cause there are ideas I strongly be­lieve in – like women em­brac­ing their sex­u­al­ity and hav­ing fun with it – that ‘Blurred Lines’ kinda fits into. If you’d known the im­pact the video would have, would you have turned down the role? No, I would make the same de­ci­sion. Every celebrity is a tar­get of trolling, es­pe­cially women. How do you not let it in­flu­ence the way you live your life? I’ve learnt to sep­a­rate so­cial me­dia com­ments and trolls from real life. And I don’t let the val­i­dat­ing, flat­ter­ing com­ments im­press on me too much, which makes it eas­ier to [ig­nore] the neg­a­tive ones as well. Last month you were ar­rested in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. while protest­ing the Supreme Court nom­i­na­tion of Brett Ka­vanaugh. Were you sur­prised by the at­ten­tion that re­ceived? I was. I knew be­ing there would be im­por­tant and I knew some peo­ple would find it con­tro­ver­sial, but I never ex­pected any­one to talk about why I wasn’t wear­ing a bra un­der my tank top. It was 32 de­grees, I was march­ing through D.C. in jeans; my out­fit seemed com­pletely nor­mal to me. And I was there mak­ing a po­lit­i­cal point. Why would peo­ple fo­cus on what I was wear­ing? On a hap­pier note, you got mar­ried in Fe­bru­ary to ac­tor-pro­ducer Se­bas­tian Bear-mcclard. What are your abid­ing mem­o­ries from that day? Nerves and love, and so much ex­cite­ment about build­ing a life to­gether. You’re also the face of Paco Ra­banne Pure XS. Do you re­mem­ber the very first fra­grance you bought? DKNY’S Be De­li­cious, when I was prob­a­bly 15. I ac­tu­ally re­mem­ber lov­ing the ad – and that’s why I wanted it so badly. Crazy to think I’m now the woman in a per­fume ad. You were re­cently in Aus­tralia for the GQ Men of the Year Awards, where you were awarded GQ In­ter­na­tional Woman of the Year. Long-haul flight notwith­stand­ing, were you ex­cited to come here? So ex­cited. My best friend lives in Syd­ney, and be­cause Aus­tralia has a lot of sim­i­lar­i­ties to south­ern Cal­i­for­nia, where I grew up, I al­ready felt a huge con­nec­tion.

And it it’s s summ sum­mer. Woo!

SKIN IN THE GAME (clock­wis (clock­wise from far left) Emi Emily Rata­jkowski with Robin R Thicke in the ‘Blurred ‘ Lines’ video; vid at the GQ M Men of the Year Awards in Syd­ney this mon month; protest­ing in Wash­ing­ton, D.C D.C. in Oc­to­ber.

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