Emily Ratajkowski, a Polish-American supermodel, has become a sensation since her sudden burst into the limelight in 2012. As a result, her fan base has grown significantly and many have often wondered about her background, especially her parents – their occupations, religious inclination, nationality and other details about them.
Below are all the facts you need to know about the model and her family.
Who Is Emily Ratajkowski?
From the name, you may be guessing already that she is Polish and you are right. Emily is a Polish-American international supermodel cum actress. Although she had been active in the industry since 2004, she became prominent only in 2012, after posing nude on the cover of the famous subscription-based erotica and fine art magazine treats!.
Since then, it has been from one big modeling contract to another for Emily Ratajkowski. She was first invited to feature in the 2013 music video for ‘Blurred Lines’ alongside singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, as well as the rapper T.I. She appeared topless in the video, which many people now tend to hold responsible as one of the reasons the music video went ahead to peak at number one on music charts in 25 countries.
Likewise, Emily’s fame ballooned correspondingly with the music video for ‘Blurred Lines’. She has since built on the popularity she now enjoys to make her impact more and more felt.
What We Know About Emily’s Parents
The model was born as Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski on June 7, 1991, in Westminster, London. Her mother Kathleen Anne Balgley is a college professor who has lectured in English at The University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). As a Fulbright scholar, Emily’s mother has also taught American literature in an unidentified college in their home country of Poland. Kathleen holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. In terms of religious upbringing, Emily’s mother Kathleen was raised as a Jew.
Talking about Emily Ratajkowski’s father, his name is John David Ratajkowski. Popularly known by his initials ‘J.D’, John is a painter and an art teacher by profession. Although he was raised a Roman Catholic, J.D. found love with Jewish Kathleen while both of them were tutors at San Dieguito High School Academy (formerly San Dieguito Union High School) in Encinitas, California. Their romance hit the ground running and they eventually got married. Emily is their only child and she was born before the couple got legally married.
Emily Ratajkowski got married to actor cum producer Sebastian Bear-McClard sometime in February 2018 in a secret wedding in New York City. It came to many as a surprise because the model had been dating musician Jeff Magid, not long before the wedding was disclosed on Instagram by Emily. No photos were shared from the wedding and it would be months later before Emily showed off her engagement ring made with two large diamonds on Instagram. So far, we have no report of the union having produced any kid yet.
Emily Ratajkowski has explored the modeling industry in the USA, UK, France, and Spain. Her deals in the USA are managed by the highly respected New York-based modeling agency DNA Model Management while her international deals are managed by VIVA Model Management. Through her managers, Emily has struck very high-profile modeling contracts with such well-known brands as DKNY, Sports Illustrated, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, and more. She has also graced the runways in such high-brow fashion events as The New York Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, and Milan Fashion Week. At the Super Bowl 50 in 2015, she appeared in an official commercial for Buick, a subsidiary of the automaker General Motors.
You cannot talk about who Emily Ratajkowski is without mentioning her exploits in the sphere of acting. Actually, she began to act while she was still a kid and even went to the point of appearing in the Nickelodeon series iCarly. However, it was after the exposure she received via ‘Blurred Lines’ that the supermodel began to receive more roles both on TV and feature films. As a result of this, she has since been a part of such projects as Gone Girl (2014), Entourage (2015), I Feel Pretty (2018). Although her modeling jobs do not let her focus on acting, she succeeded in playing a leading role in the 2015 film We Are Your Friends.
She Is Also An Entrepreneur
Emily Ratajkowski launched a brand of swimwear named ‘Inamorata’ in 2017. The apparel line which has its website at Inamorataswim.com has on offer, items like bikinis, button-ups, tops, bottoms, bodysuits, and dresses of all kinds and colors at prices ranging between $45 and $160 per item.