These days, Emily Ratajkowski is best known for her role in Robin Thicke’s controversial Robin Thicke (2014) music video Blurred Lines, in which she licks a man’s semen.
But at the age of 16, the now 23-year-old model, actress and activist was already showing signs of what some are calling ‘the sex appeal’, first in the Marc Jacobs and Burberry campaigns. “I was definitely aware of that kind of iconic quality to myself,” she tells Stella Magazine. “I was famous; I was famously sexy.”
It’s also been an interesting seven years since she shot to fame. From posing nude for the Vanity Fair’s 2014 To Catch a Thief issue, for which she was profiled by Steven Klein, to signing her first modelling contract with INK (Photo) Agency in New York in December 2011, to starring in the cinematic adaptation of the Kristen Stewart novel, Gone Girl, in October 2014, the actress has turned out to be a sought-after pop culture phenomenon.
“Things that I saw on the internet didn’t seem real to me because it was so prevalent,” she tells Stella. “I couldn’t imagine being the celebrity I am now. Then I saw how the headline business worked and it became something that I was proud of. It was a great help.”
The shooting for her latest campaign for the BA Keres women’s line, photographed by Ariel Anderman and directed by Joseph Kahn, takes place on the streets of the Marrakech district of Marrakesh.