When Robin Thicke debuted his hit single Blurred Lines in 2013, the internet’s reaction was swift, and mostly revolved around asking, one, why the lamb, and two, who was the mostly scantily clad girl in the video?
Amid all the pronouncements of Blurred Lines being the song of the summer, a rape culture anthem, and a potential copyright infringement, viewers of the video, of which the first incarnation was taken down from Youtube, wanted to know everything about The Girl, AKA Emily Ratajkowski. Immediately, Ratajkowski was declared a breakout star and became the subject of tabloid press and heterosexual media’s fantasy woman. The young model’s tentative acting career kicked off – she now counts roles in Gone Girl, Entourage and We Are Your Friends among her resume – and she’s still racking up brand ambassador credits.
However, while Ratajkowski owes a lot to her high-profile debut, she really wishes everyone would change the channel when it comes to talking about the origins of her fame. It has been three years. In an interview with InStyle.co.uk, the model slash actress talks about her feelings when she was first cast as the girl Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell sing around. “I wasn’t into the idea at all at first. I think I came off as a bit annoyed in the video,” she says of the experience. “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?”
While Ratajkowski is fed up with talking about Blurred Lines, it doesn’t seem to be out of puritanical regret, she stills continues to speak calmly and intelligently about her choice to pose nude, telling InStyle.co.uk, “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 apologise 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.”