ES Magazine – Appearing in the “Blurred Lines” video made her a global sex symbol — now Emily Ratajkowski is taking the film and fashion worlds by storm. The London-born actress talks to Elaine Lipworth about fighting for smart roles and why posing topless is a feminist act
An unusually grey day in Los Angeles and, on a poolside terrace high up in the Hollywood Hills, Emily Ratajkowski is perched on a white sofa. An ominous layer of thick cloud blocks out the usually bright California sun but she optimistically removes her trench coat. Dressed head-to-toe in black — a cropped T-shirt and Ivy Park leggings, her face completely bare of make-up, she looks extravagantly beautiful.
You wouldn’t expect anything else. After all, this is the woman who, having been catapulted to fame by a nearly-nude appearance in the video for Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’s controversial 2013 “Blurred Lines” has gone on to appear on countless sexiest-women lists (among them GQ and Esquire) racking up more than six million followers on Instagram (her handle ‘Emrata’ is now used interchangeably with her name).
But if she’s flattered by the attention her beauty has attracted, she’s also alert to its complications. ‘It’s an interesting paradox,’ she says, in her soft lilting Californian accent. ‘If you’re a sexy actress it’s hard to get serious roles. You get offered the same thing that they’ve seen you in. People are like sheep and they’re like “Oh, that’s what she does well.” What’s so dumb is that women are 50 per cent of the population and they want to spend money to see movies where they’re portrayed as three-dimensional characters.’