7 things you didn't know about Emily Ratajkowski

Emily Ratajskowski became a household name after her risqué appearance (wearing a nude thong) in the “Blurred Lines,” music video and starring as Ben Affleck’s mistress in the thriller “Gone Girl.” Ratajkowski also graced the pages of the 2014 and 2015 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues, but we bet there’s still a lot you don’t know about this “it” girl.

1. Her parents wanted her to be a doctor

Model Emily Ratajkowski attends the 52nd New York Film Festival opening night gala presentation of the movie "Gone Girl" at Alice Tully Hall in New York September 26, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) - RTR47W1V


Emily’s parents were skeptical about their daughter growing up to be a model, despite scouts constantly seeking her out as a teenager.

“My mom said ‘no, she’ll be a brain surgeon,'" Emily said in an interview. “At the same time, she always told me never to feel sorry or apologetic or embarrassed by my body, to never apologize for my sexuality."

She signed her first modelling contract with Ford when she was just 14-years-old.

2. She’s so over that 'Blurred Lines' video

Emily Ratajkowski attends Harper's Bazaar's celebration of 'ICONS By Carine Roitfeld' at The Plaza Hotel during New York Fashion Week in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 9, 2016.  REUTERS/Andrew Kelly - RTSN2TN


Ratajkowski may have gotten her big break in Robin Thicke’s sexy music video, but she’s sick of talking about it.

“I wasn't into the idea at all at first. I think I came off as a bit annoyed in the video,” she told InStyle UK. “Now, it's the bane of my existence. When anyone comes up to me about 'Blurred Lines,' I'm like, are we seriously talking about a video from three years ago?’”

3. No stranger to rejection

Model Emily Ratajkowski arrives at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, August 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok - RTX1QC35


She was recently hoping to be cast in two different film roles that she was passed over for—the part of Masha in a new production of “The Seagull” and a part in Philip Roth's novel "American Pastoral."

"I have some serious criteria for what I'm looking for in a role, which has really f---ed me," she told British GQ. "The ones that I really want have to be a really interesting script and story and usually the girl is ugly."

4. She wants to play the ugly and strange girls

Actress and model Emily Ratajkowski arrives for the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards in Manhattan, New York, U.S., June 6, 2016.  REUTERS/Andrew Kelly  - RTSGB13


“I'm not looking to play the pretty-girl type that you would expect from a model turned actress,” she said in an interview. “I want to surprise people. Maybe play the weird girl. It takes fighting for, which I'm prepared to do.” 

5. She didn’t have a TV growing up

Model Emily Ratajkowski attends the 2016 amfAR New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan, New York February 10, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly  - RTX26F33


Emily was born in London, but spent most of her childhood in the San Diego area. Her parents were very bohemian and didn’t believe in having a TV in the house. Her first acting job was on the television show “iCarly,” but she’d never even seen it!

“I didn’t grow up with TV, so I didn’t even know what the show was when I auditioned,” she said. “I only did two episodes, so I was just on set about two weeks.”

6. She went to UCLA for a year

Model Emily Ratajkowski arrives at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 18, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson - RTSOBTW


Emily studied art at UCLA right after high school (her mom also taught there), but it wasn’t the right fit. She described her roommates as “these blonde sorority girls.” She left to pursue modelling and acting full-time after her first year.

7. She’s been immortalized in street art

Actress Emily Ratajkowski arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California February 28, 2016.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok - RTS8I9M


After the model posted a topless selfie with Kim Kardashian, the Melbourne street artist Lushsux created a life-sized mural of the two women mimicking the original Instagram. The artist encouraged fans to take their own nude selfies in front of his masterpiece.