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Emily Ratajkowski: The Paparazzi’s Princess

31 July 2023

Often seen out walking her German Shepherd-Husky mix dog, Colombo through West Village, actress and model Emily Ratajkowski has in recent years become a favourite with the paparazzi and always dresses to standout from the crowd.

Emily Ratajkowski out walking her dog

Born in London to American parents and raised in Encinitas, California, Ratajkowski began her career as a child actor appearing in two episodes of the Nickelodeon series “iCarly”. Her modelling debut was on the cover of the March 2012 issue of the erotic magazine treats!, which led to her appearing in two music videos: Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody”.

Ratajkowski’s feature film debut was a supporting role as the mistress of Ben Affleck’s character in the 2014 film “Gone Girl”. Subsequent roles include the films “Entourage”, “We Are Your Friends”, “I Feel Pretty” and “Welcome Home”, as well as the miniseries “The Spoils Before Dying” and the anthology series “Easy”. She appeared in the 2014 and 2015 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues, and made her professional runway debut for Marc Jacobs at New York Fashion Week in 2015. She has since walked on the Paris Fashion Week runway for Miu Miu and Milan Fashion Week for Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, and Versace. ranks her as one the supermodels of the new generation. Besides “Gone Girl” the only New York-based films that Ratajkowski has starred in was the 2018 romantic comedy “Cruise” which was set during the summer of 1987 and focused a blue-collar Italian-American who was preoccupied with car racing and chasing women; and “I Feel Pretty”, as Mallory, a woman who Amy Schumer as Renee Bennet looked up to because of her good looks.

Ratajkowski appeared in a Buick Super Bowl commercial during Super Bowl 50, and has become the spokesperson for brands such as DKNY, The Frye Company, Kerastase, Paco Rabanne, and DL1961. She is an advocate for women’s health issues as a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood. As a self-identified feminist, Ratajkowski has received both support and criticism for her views on sexual expression. Her essay collection, My Body, was published by Metropolitan Books in November 2021 and is a New York Times Best Seller. In November 2022, she launched a new original podcast series “High Low with Emrata” with Sony Music Entertainment.

For a glimpse of the socialite, check out Morton Street in the heart of West Village.


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