The Pretty Brunette One From The “Blurred Lines” Video, whose friends call her Emily Ratajkowski, has burst through our expectations that she’d fade away into pop culture obscurity. Beating out Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, the 22-year-old model was voted Esquire’s Woman of the Year.
“You probably knew Ratajkowski’s… er, face… long before you knew her name,” says Esquire. “The experience of watching [the NSFW version of “Blurred Lines”], if not profound, is palpably transformative, like tasting your reward after stupidly standing in line all day for a cronut.” Uh, what? And am I the only one who finds that excruciatingly creepy?
Despite having her naked form compared to a pastry, Emily Ratajkowski is hard at work establishing herself as more than a one-trick pony. She’s landed a campaign with Rag & Bone, and she’s been cast opposite Ben Affleck in David Fincher’s upcoming Gone Girl. “I didn’t want to get pigeonholed into doing music videos,” she told the New York Times. (You can also see Ratajkowski—kind of—in the Marroon 5 video “Love Somebody,” in which she plays the role of “Paint-Covered Butt.”)
So how does she feel about being named
spank bank queen Woman of the Year? Ratajowski doesn’t seem to have an issue with being objectified– and not because she hasn’t thought about it. About the “Blurred Lines” controversy, the model told Complex,
“I’m glad people are criticizing pop lyrics, because I think that’s an important thing to do. … The video is making fun of itself, and that’s what’s very crucial about it. You have naked women dancing around in the video. It sounds bad, right? But when you look more into the attitudes of the women and how we’re making direct eye contact with the camera—we’re ignoring these guys, we’re having fun. You can see that [the women are] in the power position. Women’s bodies are beautiful. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. We should be able to dance around naked and celebrate our beauty.”
I’ll take it. If we’re going to be seeing more of the “Blurred Lines” woman, it’s pretty awesome that she happens to be socially conscious and cool. Good luck, Emily!