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Emily Ratajkowski on Feminism, Married Life, and Instagram vs. Reality

by Amanda Montell

When I step out onto the patio of Emily Ratajkowski's suite at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, the just-turned-27 model is already standing to greet me. We're here celebrating Ratajkowski's new campaign for the luxury haircare brand Kérastase (I'm one of two lucky interviews before the party this evening). Ratajkowski is draped in an oversize Prada suit—black over a pinstripe white button down so long that it grazes her mid-thigh—and chunky, white "dad" sneakers. Her hair is thick and tousled, and smudgy makeup frames her deep-set brown eyes. As we shake hands, Ratajkowski's dapper appearance and relaxed energy remind me of some sort of cool, urbane gentleman. It's an unexpected contrast to the sultry, scantily clad star I'm used to seeing on Instagram and in provocative on-screen roles like Mallory in I Feel Pretty, Andie in Gone Girl, and, of course, her unforgettable (topless) turn in Robin Thicke's controversial 2013 music video for "Blurred Lines," the rocket fuel that launched Ratajkowski's career and reputation as a sex symbol.

As a public figure, Ratajkowski has always seemed to paint herself as the girl who you either want to be or be with. She's the girl who's maintained in interviews that she doesn't work out, watch what she eats, or wear makeup beyond a little Glossier Skin Tint. Yet there she is on Instagram with her ab crack and her pouty lips, making both men and women wonder in dizzy bewilderment whether or not she's even human.

But sitting on this patio on a soft red couch, one leg casually tucked underneath her, Ratajkowski almost seems more human than anyone else at this chic hotel. Striking to look at, yes, but also grounded and laid-back as we spend 20 minutes shooting the breeze about her growing up, learning to care for her body, acclimating to married life, curating her Instagram presence, and addressing myths the public tends to believe about who EmRata really is. Below, her end of our conversation.

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