Being part of an iconic music video is not how every cover girl starts out, but for Emily Ratajkowski (Ford Models) it is an excellent place to begin. Swinging by the MDC offices, LA bred Emily talks about moving to New York and balancing her new found fame with a serious drive to become fashion’s next bombshell.
Interview by Kristen Bolt
MDC: Where were you born and what was your pre-model life like?
Emily: I was born in London and moved to LA when I was five. I was an only child and my parents are academics. We traveled to Mallorca and Ireland (where my parents currently reside) many times. I was brought up with more of a European sensibility when it came to nudity and celebrating the body as a work of art.
MDC: Your proportions are not that of a standard fashion model. How has this affected your career?
Emily: At first the height thing, I am 5’7″, made it hard to break into the industry. But I think things have changed and it’s good to be different. Different makes you stand out and I embrace my height. You have to be confident about who you are and what you bring to the table- the industry embraces confidence.
MDC: Do you have any advice to shorter models- Kate Moss is short!
Emily: There have been so many amazing models that have been short. It’s about practice and learning the angles of your body. I am proportionate so it is easier for me to elongate.
MD: What has been one of your favorite career experiences in the past year?
Emily: Shooting with Bruce Weber for CR Fashion Book was amazing. I was not scheduled for the cover, but Carine loved the shot and made it the cover. Very exciting to work with such talented people. I have a lot coming up in both print and acting- I can’t reveal them yet but I’m very excited about the direction my career has taken. I am really excited to be based in NY now, because it is so different from the LA fashion scene. Ford is my main agency.