It’s not unusual for model and actress Emily Ratajkowski, 30, to rack up thousands of likes from her @emrata Insta with her colossal 27.6 million followers and counting. But her #Fierce vibes go far beyond her selfie game.
Although we are used to seeing her, flicking her lob and serving us serious sass, Emily has also been spotted showcasing her best creation, her new baby boy! Although she’s been keen to protect his identity by covering his face *insert cute angel emoji*, we still can’t quite get over the cuteness overload.
Motherhood has not stopped Emily has from tapping into her sensuality. She began modelling at 14 and shot to fame in 2013 as the topless ‘Blurred Lines girl’ in that Robin Thicke’s controversial music video. Along with the bikini shots and topping sexiest women lists, she has also built a multi-hyphenated career – starring in Gone Girl, becoming the face of Paco Rabanne Pure XS For Her and writing a feminist book on what it means to be a woman and a commodity.
She has as always been open about her passion for feminism. Responding to people who say you can’t get publicly naked and be an activist for women, she’s said, “It’s supposed to be a freedom of choice – and I believe in sexuality.”
“I want women to understand their sexuality outside of a patriarchal male gaze. We’re sexual beings and that should be celebrated rather than attacked.” Most recently she has been receiving praise for using Instagram to help break taboos around breastfeeding, and empowering mothers everywhere. “If it seems like I’m always breastfeeding it’s because I am” she captions one of her posts.
And, as if we couldn’t love her any more, she wore Zara to her 2019 wedding to movie producer Sebastian Bear-McClard, and did her own hair and makeup. Here, we looks back as she shares her beauty secrets…
MY FAVOURITE BEAUTY TREATMENT
“I love a facial – I probably do it more than I should now. I recently got into Joanna Vargas while in New York. They offer this incredible treatment called a Triple Crown Facial, where the facialist tightens the muscles in your face and you look snatched. [Sidenote: we ask her about the ‘penis facial’ that Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock have tried, and she looks visibly sickened.] There are a lot of facials that are too much for me.”
MY £7 BEAUTY SAVIOUR
“I’m obsessed with Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm, which is a really thick moisturiser. I put it everywhere, especially when I’m flying as it’s the only thing that will seep in. And I put it under my eyes at night. It’s God’s gift to earth.”
THE MAKE-UP HACK I SWEAR BY
“I always use my lipstick as blush. I never use a powder blush.”
MY HAIR OBSESSION
“Wearing wigs is the most excessive thing about me. Luckily, my hair stylist [Jennifer Yepez] has a great collection. I love my natural hair, but there are only so many things you can do with it. Wearing a wig is like throwing on a hat.”
HOW I CHOOSE PERFUME
“Never go too sweet with fragrance – that’s what I love about Paco Rabanne Pure XS For Her – it isn’t too much. It just transports me to a ‘leisurely extra’ place – which is an everyday goal for me. It makes me feel empowered, too, I always want to feel like a killer boss.”
WHAT BEAUTY MEANS TO ME
“I think my love of beauty comes from going to art school and my dad being a painter. My husband calls it ‘finger-painting’ when I do my make-up. It’s like my own personal canvas. Similarly, when I post a selfie on Instagram, it’s me taking a character and curating her life. I treat it like an art project; it’s a different person every day. There’s always a narrative behind beauty.”
MY SELF-CONFIDENCE MOMENTS
“There are days when I can‘t look in the mirror because I am sick of myself. Days when I don’t like how I look or I want to change certain things about myself. It’s important to remember that those times where we feel ‘stuck’ inside our body are going to come, but the next day you might feel amazing.”
THE CELEBRITY I LOOK UP TO
“Kim Kardashian [West] is the queen and seems so confident. Whenever I‘m feeling down, I think, ‘Be more Kim, you don’t care.’ I live for her TBTs – she was such a cute kid.”
HOW I COPE WITH TROLLS
“People think, ‘Oh, she’s so confident,’ but I do struggle. I grew up with girls being mean IRL, now it’s online, too. We’re living in an insane time and sharing everything with the world, so you need to separate yourself from the feedback. I love a selfie, but the feedback shouldn’t be what defines your confidence. It needs to come from within – not from ‘likes’ or negative comments.”
MY ANTI-BRIDE RULES
“I was not a Pinterest bride! I get glammed up and have so many fittings for work, so it was nice to throw on a Zara suit and do my own hair and make-up, which I loved. Don’t get me wrong, I love a party and I plan on having one, but some people don’t end up enjoying their wedding because they’re so stressed out from planning it. I wanted ours to be about just me and him [Sebastian], and before the world found out, we had four hours of ‘just us’, which was really special.”
MY DATING APP ADVICE
“When it comes to Tinder, don’t overthink it. My friends obsess over it and the truth is that no one is going to get a real sense of you in just five pictures. Also, those guys who post shirtless selfies – it’s only OK if they’re at the beach with their friends, right?”
This interview was taken from the AW18 issue of GLAMOUR.
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