Emily Ratajkowski: Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ Video Is ‘The Bane of My Existence’
Making her cover debut on InStyle UK, Ratajkowski told the magazine that at first she didn’t dig the premise of “Blurred Lines” (featuring Pharrell), the video that shot her to stardom:
I wasn’t into the idea at all at first. I think I came off as a bit annoyed in the video. 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?
“Blurred Lines” is of course now iconic (not really in a good way) for several reasons: one, it’s unofficially the most controversial song of the decade, with its misogynistic, rapey undertones and lyrics like “I know you want it” and “You wanna hug me/What rhymes with hug me?”; two, the song cost Thicke and Pharrell $7.3 million in a lawsuit with Marvin Gaye’s estate over copyright infringement.
It’s weird to me that the reaction to a woman’s naked body is so controversial in our culture. My mum taught me to never apologize for my sexuality. My dad never made me feel embarrassed. I also don’t think I’ve ever had an awareness of my own body as being super-sexual. It was always just my body.
While Ratajkowski arguably has one of the best bodies in Hollywood right now, there are some things she doesn’t like, “like that part of my thigh beneath my butt. But my friends will say I’m crazy and I know it’s just my perception. You can’t beat up on yourself.”
When it comes to style, Ratajkowski confessed she likes the more natural look. “My go-to look is definitely wannabe French girl – feminine but just super, super cool,” she said. “I love understated and retro. Hair and make-up always kill me. I have really bug features and a lot of make-up artists get carried away and make me look like a drag queen.”
Ratajkowski also opened up about her live-in boyfriend, musician and former poker player Jeff Magid.
We found out that we had all these similarities. We both love art and music. Our mothers are professors and he’s an only child too. I’ve never dated guys who are hunky in pictures. I look for kindness, which is way underrated. I like someone who will split his lunch with you.
As for her future career hopes, the Gone Girl actress said, “I’m not looking to play the pretty-girl type that you would expect from a model turned actress. I want to surprise people. Maybe play the weird girl. It takes fighting for, which I’m prepared to do.”