Emily Ratajkowski: Men need to stop being offended by ‘classic nude portraits’


Emily Ratajkowski covers the new issue of Ocean Drive. At this point, I can safely say that she has done more press for Gone Girl than Rosamund Pike. Granted, I love Pike but she’s kind of a snooze. Everybody is still talking about or to Emily though. And she has thoughts! Thoughts about declining European power. And feminism. And the importance of nudity. Or something. You can read the full Ocean Drive piece here, and here are some highlights:

Dancing around naked in the “Blurred Lines” video: “Anything that’s in pop culture and involves naked women and dressed men should be criticized or at least inspected, so I felt glad that it was criticized, because it gave me an opportunity to say the things that I felt about feminism today and about women in general in pop culture.”

And just what did she have to say? “There’s a larger thesis that I carry with me in general and that translates over to work like Gone Girl that I’ve been doing. We’re at an interesting time where women have been told to take the pill is cool, to sleep with whomever you want, or wear what you want. But if you’re naked, it can be offensive or sexist in some way. That’s the last step our culture needs to deal with. We have this culture of men, especially, watching pornography, but then offended by a classic nude portrait or photograph, and I’ve never felt that way.”

She gets naked for women, to empower women: “The female body is a beautiful thing, and it should be embraced and celebrated, and there’s nothing wrong with being comfortable in your own skin. If anything, it can be really beautiful. And the way that I was dancing, sort of sarcastically and I felt silly, it wasn’t for men—it was for myself and for other women, just like you would dance around your apartment.”

Her mistress character in Gone Girl: “Some viewers are going to think, I see why he was cheating on his wife: Not only was he unhappy, he has this sweet, beautiful girl that totally loves him. And then a lot of women are going to go, That little slut!”

Ben Affleck suggested her for the role: “I came to the audition in Los Angeles and not only were the casting director and David there but also Ben Affleck, and I realized that they were pretty serious about me. We sat for 45 minutes running the scene and just talking about Gone Girl as a story, and Andie as a character. I left feeling pretty confident but also knowing that it was Sunday of Labor Day weekend and I probably wouldn’t hear for a few days. But an hour and a half later, my agent called and said that they were offering me the part.”

[From Ocean Drive]

Just like with her GQ interview, my radar pinged when she talked about Affleck. In this Ocean Drive piece, she also said that the whole cast and crew were staying in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, but that she and Ben were kept “in a bubble” because that’s what their on-screen relationship was like – none of Nick Dunne’s friends or family knew about the mistress either. When she’s asked if she bonded with Ben on a personal level, she refuses to answer the question. Huh. I’m not saying anything untoward happened between Emily and Ben. Seriously, I’m not. I’m just saying… Ben seems to choose his romantic/sexual co-stars very carefully. He’s looking for something specific. Big boobs, sexy, comfortable with nudity. Huh.


Photos courtesy of Ocean Drive.

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  1. K says:

    I wouldn’t put it past Ben. She explained it very… oddly too. Haven’t there been cheating rumours for years?

    • MrsB says:

      I wouldn’t put it past Ben either, he doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to that area of his life but in this case, I get the feeling this is what she wants everybody to think. If something really did go on, why would she refuse to answer the question if they bonded? That is just bringing attention to it. Which is the opposite of what most people would want to do.

      • Barristerette says:

        Exactly my thoughts MrsB…if there’s nothing untoward going on, why not just answer the question? IDK, I get major famewh0re vibes from her, she’s a beautiful girl but she seems kind of desperate.

    • qwerty says:

      Lainey wrote many times, and quite openly, that he had an affair with Blake Lively while they were shooting the town.

      • qwerty says:

        Plus IIRC she said Lively’s nudes might have been released by Garner when she found them on Affleck’s phone/email/whatever

  2. Kiddo says:

    Um, the thesis needs work. Serious work, including the idea of context (of nudity).

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Yes, I’m not sure she understands why it’s offensive to have naked women dancing around dressed men – it portrays, or at least it can portray – women as objects who exist solely for men’s pleasure. There’s an inequality there when one party is hyper sexualized and the other is fully clothed, just staring. I don’t see what’s empowering about that. And, a minor point, but I’m not sure it’s men who are offended.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        What the hell was she talking about when she brought up men getting offended by a nude portrait??
        Ugh. Good thing she’s pretty is all I have to say.

      • Sozual says:

        I get what she is saying. I think men don’t like women classically nude. They just want them naked for the porn. The craziness over Janet Jackson’s exposed breast is one major example, where they still are trying to blacklist her. Doesn’t matter though. She is an ICON. That video would have been good if the guys weren’t even it. I thought it was offensive in that aspect too.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Ok maybe…but then “offended” isn’t the right word, maybe try this:

        “We have this culture of men, especially, watching pornography, but then (not turned on) by a classic nude portrait or photograph, and I’ve never felt that way.”

        That might be a more accurate way to express her point. Also, what exactly is her point again?
        Ah yes, men don’t get boners over Renaissance paintings, more so with porn.
        SUPER-DEEP yo.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Is English her native language? Maybe that explains it, because I think she misused the word “offended,” too.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Oh good point..you might be right but I just don’t have the strength to Google.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Yeah, I’m just too lazy.

      • Norman Bates' Mother says:

        @GoodNamesAllTaken – Yes, English is her native language but she just isn’t too bright. Her last name is Polish but she was born in England and raised in the USA. I’m embarrassed to say I knew that and didn’t have to google. After the Blurred Lines premiere, the Polish media tried to promote her like she was the next greatest international superstar. They tend to do it with everyone from A to Z-list who has at least 1/4 Polish roots and she’s maybe 1/2. People were not interested though.

      • Chris says:

        Gawd another little flower spouting nonsense about ’empowerment’.
        Whenever I hear that word these days I reach for my ‘Female Eunuch’ and grrrrowl.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Thanks, NormanBates’Mother. Hmm, sort of scary. Lol

      • Lucinda says:

        Yes, she completely disregards context and power dynamic. There was NOTHING empowering about the Blurred Lines video. It wasn’t a celebration of feminine beauty or power. It was a fully dressed older man staring lewdly at young naked women prancing around. It’s too bad because I get what she’s trying to say; she’s just saying it very poorly. I’m going to cut her slack because of her age and hope she gains a better understanding with experience.

  3. Allie says:

    She rubs me the wrong way. And it’s not jealousy.

    • eliza says:

      Agreed. I am disappointed in her being cast in Gone Girl too. There is something about her I do not like, and like you, no jealousy involved.

    • kennedy says:

      Agreed. I mean the character Andie in the book is a decently juicy one but Rosamund Pike will be getting all the attention sooner than later. I bet she will be doing more press as the release date nears. She already covered W Magazine… here’s hoping she gets a few more major covers. I’m so ready for Pikemania!

    • kibbles says:

      I agree. I want her to go away. And I hate the Blurred Lines video.

  4. Frida_K says:

    Wow, I’m truly impressed by the way she’s taking one for the team.

    I mean, wow. Dancing around naked just for us gals. She’s a real mensch!

    *eye roll*

  5. hutter says:

    Uhm… She’s trying really hard to convince us she’s got beauty and brains, doesn’t she? It’s not working for me. Neither her comments about the Blurred Lines video nor her “large thesis” make much sense.

  6. SpookySpooks says:

    She’s been dancing naked in one video and now she has a career. Being hot sure takes you far in Hollyweird.
    Also, awesome body, shame about the face. And it’s easy to embrace nudity when your body fits the very narrow idea of beauty today.

  7. Abbott says:

    Let’s all give Susan B. Anthony a moment while she rolls over in her grave.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Lol. Truth.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Ha ha haaaaa! Yes. Abbott pulls through with another classic one-liner.

      I hate it when women do this thing…I won’t articulate it correctly because I slept 3 hours last night but…they try to make sexual exploitation about themselves and other women, as if they’re “taking it back” as a way to empower themselves and make them feel like they’re in control.

      “it wasn’t for men—it was for myself and for other women, just like you would dance around your apartment”

      Yeah, sweetheart, it was all for us women, because we’re all dying to see you dancing around naked. I mean, come on…just be honest, hon. This was a big break for you, an opportunity, and a role that called for you to be naked. I’m sure you enjoyed being the subject of male gaze, you got a lot of exposure (pardon the pun) from it, and probably a decent paycheck. It’s fine. But let’s not pretend here.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Exactly. Just own it and don’t do me any favors.

      • Kiddo says:

        Yeah, “You know you want it” as a soundtrack, intending that only coercion from men to have sex is empowering, well, yeah, emkay.

    • Kiddo says:

      Abbott is on a roll.

  8. baby says:

    “Some viewers are going to think, I see why he was cheating on his wife: Not only was he unhappy, he has this sweet, beautiful girl that totally loves him. And then a lot of women are going to go, That little slut!”


  9. wolfpup says:

    Instead of believing that women would call her character a little slut, she should reconsider that most of us would be calling her a little bitch! And the man who stepped out on his wife, is considered a weak and selfish man of no character. Plain decency is simply break-up, and then go polish the dong. I’ve always kept my distance from that kind of man; first for the woman who is his wife, and would cry; and then because that kind of man grosses me out: he cannot be good for anyone!

  10. tracking says:

    She’s young, but I actually think there is some thoughtfulness here. She does make the point about resisting pure objectification (being silly vs. come-hither in her dancing). Maybe she refused to reply to the Affleck question because she didn’t want to dignify it with an answer? I’m more interested in the casting decision; I thought her character was not a knockout, but meant to be appealing in a completely different direction from his wife, eg more about warmth than looks. I’m not put off by her interview though. At least she’s thinking about these issues!

  11. Josefa says:

    Well, her feminist thesis makes more sense than Thicke’s defense of the lyrics, and it still doesn’t make much sense.

    As with the other article where she talked about Europe… why do they even let her talk? I guess they wanna market her as a sexy girl with a brain, but that is pretty counterproductive if her opinions make her sound uninformed and stupid. She sounds like a 15 y/o paraphrasing Beyoncé lyrics as if they were feminist gospel.

  12. Lizzie says:

    Oh come on, her and Affleck banged. For sure. But if she keeps talking like that about him like that I don’t see how it will help her career.
    It’s like when Ben drove Blake Lively around Boston late at night so he could show her the city and she could “get into character”.

    Boy is shady as f**k. No matter how many cute ice bucket videos he does.

    • Abbott says:

      Testify, Lizzie!

    • jinni says:

      I wouldn’t be shocked to find out that Ben was the one to suggest they be isolated from the cast together.

    • kibbles says:

      Emily is being really disrespectful to Garner. Is she proud that she slept with someone else’s husband? It’s shameful. At least have some discretion about it.

      • jinni says:

        Hold on now. We don’t really know if she slept with him. This is all just speculation and this speculation wouldn’t exist if Ben wasn’t such a well known hoe. Plus, if something in fact went down between them, the main person that really needs to feel ashamed of themselves for disrespecting Garner is her husband since he’s the one who would have created a situation that would cause her to be publicly humiliated by stepping out on her.

      • vavavoom says:

        Just wondering: Is there any proof that Ben is “such a well known hoe” ? I’ve read the rumors, but haven’t seen photos or interviews with any of his conquests.

    • A says:

      Please. Ben gave all the lead characters a tour of Boston, including Jeremy.

    • Lydia says:

      Well, they may not have ~actually had sex but he probably wanted to. Fincher wants someone hot and Emily was the first thing out of Ben’s mouth. Funnily enough, I read Andie as someone like Jennifer Garner (wholesome middle America) not exotic-looking like Emily.

      • Lena says:

        They wanted someone who women would dislike instinctively. Reading some of the comments, I’m sure they got their girl: “Something about her I don’t like and it’s not jealousy…”

  13. Hissyfit says:

    She’s been posing nudes for “art” way before blurred lines so i get her confidence. And I could totally see Ben and her having more than professional work relationship at the time of filming.

  14. Lady says:

    I think she feels she has to say something intelligent or have a cause of some sort because she’s making money off being “that hot naked chick with the incredible rack.” Its a bit silly. Who cares Emily, do your thing! In a world of pinocchio butts, cat eyes, sawed off noses, painful looking bolt ons and slimey looking bedroom eyes… she’s the real deal. She’s refreshing.

  15. smee says:

    Is anybody else getting serious lizard-face from the photo of her in black on the bed?

  16. Jenny12 says:

    I do not think feminism means what she thinks it means.

  17. Linn says:

    “And the way that I was dancing, sort of sarcastically and I felt silly, it wasn’t for men—it was for myself and for other women…”

    And I thought it was for money and fame. How silly of me.

    • Eleonor says:

      riiiight ? !

    • vavavoom says:

      Celebrities really think we’re stupid don’t they.
      That said, I thought she looked sort of cute and goofy in the BL video, and I hate the song, and can’t stand Robin Thicke.

  18. Lydia says:

    They didn’t even make her audition? Knowing Fincher, that indicates that she probably has very few lines.

  19. T.C. says:

    Emily Ratajkowski is prettier and more sexy than Rosemund Pike ( sorry I’m one of those who just don’t get the English Rose beauty) but starting fall I’m sure Pike will get the big covers thanks to Fincher and the studios.

  20. Purple Unicorn says:

    She looks like Kendall Jenner in those photos…

  21. Alexa says:

    Did anyone else think the header pic was a pic of Kendall Jenner?

    • Jayna says:

      You’re right. It does look like her.

      Is she even an actress? Did she ever take acting lessons or because she was hot they wanted her? Anyone know?

  22. tabasco says:

    Ummmm……I’m not aware of any straight men who are offended by a classic nude portrait or photograph……… the hell?

    • Jayna says:

      I don’t remember one single man complaining on-line. LOL I remember women posting complaints about objectification. It never bothered me, the nudity in the video.

  23. Jayna says:

    I see how it happens. Men, they hit a midlife crisis. They’ve worked for years climbing that corporate ladder or in whatever job working long hours and have lived with adult issues, financial pressure of supporting the family or being the main breadwinner, kids, the pressure of kids on the marriage, endless weekend activities involving being a dad, chores needed doing, a marriage that is fine or not fine, but not exciting anymore. Many hit an age and think is this all there is, having lost that zip for life. Men can be weak. Here comes a young thing with zero baggage who looks at them adoringly, not why don’t you help me, you come home at night and ignore us, take out the trash, or kids irritable, up at night helping with hours of homework, etc., all of the normal things at home, and maybe a wife becoming nagging, not because they are nags, but because the husband isn’t helpful or selfish or isn’t maybe attentive to them anymore. And often men don’t acknowledge their fault in the marriage becoming boring or stale or their wives not happy. But there is the young, free girl, no baggage, and they go an affair because it is exciting, makes them feel young and free again themselves and feeds their ego, and the sex is new and hot. They aren’t looking for their equal in the brain department, like this girl. LOL Her interviews are so basic while trying to sound like she has something to say of interest. But a man isn’t noticing that for his affair. He’s just diving into her young body and her beautiful young skin, perky boobs, while she looks up at him adoring like he’s the most brilliant man in the world. It’s a cliche, but it happens.

    Women can feel unappreciated in a marriage and so focus on the children, but as they get older realize their marriage is like roommates more than lovers, and tired of just being the person taking care of everyone. They are ripe for an affair, wanting more romance or to feel desired and desire, but usually it’s more emotional, not only just physical. One day a man is flirting with you and one thing leads to another.

    You see it all the time.

    I think she was pretty in the video. But her face doesn’t even look like the same person in these photos. I don’t even think she looks that pretty, but maybe it’s the way they made her up and photographed her. The spray tan isn’t doing her face any favors either.

    • Sarah says:

      This is why I don’t believe for one second that celebrities are faithful to their spouses, no matter how much they praise their significant other. They always flirt with their co stars and talk about them as if they are dating them.

      (I’m looking at you Jim Caviezel)

      • lisa says:

        oh no! what is it i dont know about jim caviezel?

      • Sarah says:

        There are interviews on Jim Caviezel talking about Taraji as if she were his gf, e.g: “she makes me laugh, and she puts a smile on my face everyday”. He was crying over her characters death, as if they were married when their characters were only friends. He gives her an unscripted kiss on tv when for years he was saying that if he does a sex scene he’s “cheating” on his wife. There are a few interviews were he admits to being attracted to her, there’s also a interview where Taraji is saying “Jim wanted to kiss me since season 1, because he always had a crush on me”. They always stand way too close to each other and they’re touchy-feely with each other.

        For the past few years he never mentions his wife, and now out of the blue he calls her his “princess” or “queen” I find him very hypocritical and it wouldn’t surprise me if he and Taraji did something behind closed doors. He’s very flirty with other women too.

      • lisa says:

        thank you sarah

        that makes me sad

        he’s my pretend boyfriend

  24. Ginger says:

    All I know is that video made me so uncomfortable I turned it off in less than a minute. I never felt as a woman that the video for Blurred Lines was for women. AT ALL. And I’m not one to look at a classic nude portrait and find it offensive in the least whether it’s a man or a woman. I’m completely comfortable with nudity. What I’m not comfortable with is exploitation.

  25. Lydia says:

    Her mistress character in Gone Girl: “Some viewers are going to think, I see why he was cheating on his wife: Not only was he unhappy, he has this sweet, beautiful girl that totally loves him. And then a lot of women are going to go, That little slut!”

    She CLEARLY didn’t read the book.

  26. jferber says:

    Yes, she looks like Kendall Jenner in these pics and does anyone else think that she tinkered with her face since we last saw her (just after the video came out)? If so, what did she do? Her face looks different, but I’m not sure how. Her lips do look like they’re blown up, for sure. And yes, I’d bet my house Ben scr-wed her. He’s such a d-ck, isn’t he?

  27. Naddie says:

    So, she was dancing to me? Oh, how lovely. I recently saw the uncensored video and it was gross. Admit for once, girl: it was just porn, objetification, stupidity being celebrated.
    And should we feel confortable in our bodies? Yes, as long as we keep up with the standard. For what I recall, none of the models in the video were overweight, or too thin, or without make up.