Emily Ratajkowski, ‘Blurred Lines’ Star, Named Esquire’s 2013 Woman of the Year

Emily Ratajkowski has been named the very first recipient of the Esquire Woman of the Year award.

Emily Ratajkowski was going to one of the top models of the coming year (2013) and it looks like that was spot on as she was named the 2013 Woman of the Year by Esquire, topping actress Jennifer Lawrence. Photo: Emily Ratajkowski/ Instagram

The hot girl in the “Blurred Lines” music video, Emily Ratajkowski has been named the very first recipient of the Esquire Woman of the Year award.

A model, actress, and part-time animal husbandrist, the UK-born Ratajkowski had a big weekend. After trailing Jennifer Lawrence by a substantial margin in the early days of voting, Ratajkowski turned the tables and won with 64.6 percent of the vote, says Esquire

Fans of this summer’s hit song “Blurred Lines” may recognize her as one of three scantily-clad young women in the music video. She is the bosomy, doe-eyed brunette seen cuddling in bed with Robin Thicke. She appears naked, except for a nude-colored thong and a pair of clunky white sneakers, in a N.S.F.W. version of the video.

Millions downloaded the video, even the PG version. By the end of the summer Ratajkowski owned YouTube in a way Google never could. The sexy beauty is becoming a legit superstar, landing a role in the highly anticipated David Fincher film “Gone Girl,” where she will star as Ben Affleck’s mistress.

And her manager Evan Hainey of Untitled Entertainment, who has worked with Lindsay Lohan and other young actresses, is grooming her for something bigger. Ms. Ratajkowski herself said: “There’s been a lot of great offers, but you have to wait for the better one.”

The sexy beauty is becoming a legit superstar, landing a role in the highly anticipated David Fincher film “Gone Girl,” where she will star as Ben Affleck’s mistress.

The fashion world also came calling. She fist started her modeling carrier at the age of 14, when Ratajkowski was signed by Ford Models. In 2009, she enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles, but left a year later to pursue modeling full-time. “I started to have the opportunity to travel,” she said.

She worked for Forever 21 and Nordstrom, but became recognized as a fashion model after shooting several campaigns and editorials with photographer Tony Duran. Her breakout moment came in 2011 when she posed for a pictorial in Treats, a new high-minded erotica magazine based in Los Angeles.

“No one really took much notice of her until she got in front of the camera,” said Steve Shaw, the magazine’s founder, who said that “she had something that was captivating.”

And now the 22 year-old UK- born model appears in a new ad campaign for Rag & Bone. The potential campaigns with her were even discussed by an executive at Tom.

In late July, while in Paris for model castings, Emily met Karl Lagerfeld through the fashion editor Stephen Gan, who introduced her to Carine Roitfeld. Ms. Roitfeld would book her for the latest issue of CR Fashion Book, including one of the two covers and an inside spread, writes The NY Times.

In 2013 she appeared in two music videos: Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell’s “Blurred Lines” and Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody”. At first she even turned down the offer of being features in the “Blurred Lines”, as she “didn’t want to get pigeonholed into doing music videos.”

Once asked about her thoughts on whether she thought the video was sexist, she replied that she did not think it was.  In a separate interview, she said, “I think there’s different kinds of nudity, and there’s different kinds of sexiness, and obviously it’s hard to distinguish those things. I think that the video was tasteful, beautiful, and there’s nothing offensive about it”.

Ms. Ratajkowski, who recently moved to the East Village from Los Angeles, has greater ambitions.

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