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Emily Ratajkowski          

Actress and Model

Emily Ratajkowski is a model and actress. She rose to prominence after her controversial performance in Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" music video in which she appears topless.

Emily Ratajkowski was born in London, England, the only child of Polish-American parents, John David "J.D." Ratajkowski and Kathleen Anne Balgley. Her mother is an English professor and writer, whom Ratajkowski describes as a "feminist and intellectual".

She was raised in Encinitas, California. She was signed by Ford Models at age 14, she continued to attend high school in San Diego, California at San Dieguito Academy, while she modeled and acted in Los Angeles. She attended UCLA for one year as a fine arts major, when she decided to pursue her career in modeling full-time.

She worked for Forever 21 and Nordstrom, but became recognized as a fashion model after shooting several campaigns and editorials with photographer Tony Duran.

As an actress, her most notable role was "Tasha" in Nickelodeon's iCarly from 2009 to 2010.

She began shooting more fashion editorials and appeared nude on the cover of Treats! Magazine, which she credits for bringing her the two high-profile music video gigs, which she did not audition for.

She has worked with photographers such as Tony Kelly, with whom she shot the cover of GQ Turkey.

In 2013, she appeared in two music videos: Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell's "Blurred Lines" and Maroon 5's "Love Somebody".

Her feature film debut was as the mistress of Ben Affleck's character in the 2014 film “Gone Girl.” Ratajkowski's other roles have included the films “Entourage,” “I Feel Pretty” and “We Are Your Friends” (her first leading role) as well as the miniseries” The Spoils Before Dying” and the anthology series “Easy.”

Ratajkowski is an advocate for women's health issues as a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood. As a self-identified feminist, she has received both support and criticism for her views on sexual expression.

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