How Did Emily Ratajkowski Get Famous? Emily Ratajkowski Recalls Backlash To 2016 Dress Deemed “Too Sexy”

Emily Ratajkowski says that she still stands by the controversial dress she wore to the 2016 Harper’s Bazaar Icons Party.

Emily Ratajkowski reflected on the infamous dress she wore to the 2016 Harper’s Bazaar Icons Party during a new interview with the publication. Ratajkowski says that she still stands behind wearing the scandalous piece.

“I had no idea what a scene this would cause,” Ratajkowski admitted in the interview.

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She continued: “Somebody called it ‘extremely vulgar’ and it became this huge controversy on the internet. And some of my agents were mad at me because they thought it was too sexy.”

“I was in my 20s and just, like, hadn’t registered that it was so sexy, because there is a panel in the middle, but it looks like there isn’t,” Ratajkowski added. “And then I basically called the person who said it was a vulgar dress ‘sexist,’ and there was drama.”

“I still like that dress. I still think I look great,” she said.

“I was basically called out for wanting attention, which I think is interesting, because you go to red carpets for attention, basically. Essentially, it’s part of your job as a celebrity,” the model concluded.

Ratajkowski went on to discuss her other iconic looks from over the years, including the Cher-inspired dress she wore to the 2019 Met Gala, the sheer black lace outfit she went with for the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and more.

Check out Ratajkowski’s interview with Harper’s Bazaar below.

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How did Emily Ratajkowski get famous?

Emily Ratajkowski (real name Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski) is an English-born American model and actress who was born on June 7, 1991, in London to American parents and raised in Encinitas, California.

Ratajkowski began acting as a child before she gained a recurring role on the Nickelodeon series iCarly (2009–2010).

At 21, Ratajkowski was catapulted to fame after she appeared naked in the music video for Robin Thicke’s 2013 track “Blurred Lines” which has since garnered over 768 million views on YouTube. Earlier this month, the model accused singer Robin Thicke, 44, of ‘groping’ her bare breasts as they shot the suggestive clip in 2013.

Her modeling debut was on the cover of the March 2012 issue of the erotic magazine treats!, which led to her appearing in two music videos: Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Maroon 5‘s “Love Somebody”.

Emily Ratajkowski

Ratajkowski’s feature film debut was as the mistress of Ben Affleck‘s character in the film Gone Girl (2014). Her other roles include the films Entourage (2015), We Are Your Friends (2015), I Feel Pretty (2018), and Welcome Home (2018), as well as the miniseries The Spoils Before Dying (2015) and the anthology series Easy (2016).

She appeared in the 2014 and 2015 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues and made her professional catwalk modeling debut for Marc Jacobs at New York Fashion Week in 2015. She has since walked on the Paris Fashion Week runway for Miu Miu and Milan Fashion Week for Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, and Versace.

Ratajkowski appeared in a Buick Super Bowl commercial during Super Bowl 50 (2016) and has become the spokesperson for brands such as DKNY, The Frye Company, Kerastase, Paco Rabanne, and DL1961. She is an advocate for women’s health issues as a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood. As a self-identified feminist, Ratajkowski has received both support and criticism for her views on sexual expression. Her essay collection, My Body, was published by Metropolitan Books in November 2021.

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