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Emily Ratajkowski is known for her provocative photographs in many different magazines, ranging from Harper’s Bazaar to Playboy, often playing up her famous curves. The London-born model-turned-actress has also appeared on the covers of Vogue magazine and GQ
She’s a beautiful, sexy figure, and with her 2015 thriller “We Are Your Friends” (where she starred alongside Zac Efron) she became the female face of new psychedelic wave music.
On May 15, Ratajkowski’s film, “In A Valley of Violence,” opens. Directed by Eli Roth, it’s a new film by the “Hostel” director that takes place in the Nevada desert and sees Ratajkowski play the role of a “petty, harassed” teenage girl with a dark secret.
In an exclusive interview with CNN, the 27-year-old model talks about balancing her roles as actress, model and entrepreneur, the dangers of being desired and the “dangers of fame.”
She told CNN that acting was “a necessity for me to pay the bills” but that she’s “terrified” of filmmaking: “I couldn’t jump from two different planes at the same time.”
Ratajkowski expressed a similar apprehension towards working as a model. After working for Calvin Klein “for five years, I was so not ready to be on the cover of … Teen Vogue.”
“Not because I couldn’t do it, but because I was asked to do it because I was beautiful. And I didn’t want that, and I still don’t want that. So I went off and was able to do something amazing.”
In her process of becoming the “attractive girl” people desire, Ratajkowski stresses not letting society define who you are. “It’s so dangerous to forget that there are things about our personalities that will be naturally recognized,” she said.
“You’re not defined by your physical appearance. It’s an unfair thing to look at as an adult.”
Ratajkowski has her own body-positive philosophy: “Don’t let anyone tell you what’s healthy and what’s unhealthy, what’s beautiful or unattainable. I like to wear lace. It’s a fantastic way to show a girl who is out and proud.”