Emily Ratajkowski Explains Why She Included Robin Thicke Allegations in New Book
"My experience on the [Blurred Lines] set and how I talked about it says so much about the evolution of my beliefs and politics"
Published Oct 22, 2021Emily Ratajkowski has provided some insight into her decision to write about her experience on the set of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" video for her new book My Body, a collection of essays reflecting on her difficult relationship with her public identity as a model and sex symbol.
During an Instagram-story Q&A on Thursday (October 21), a fan asked Ratajkowski why there was a segment of the book entitled "Blurred Lines." Ratajkowski responded, saying:
I had a hard time writing that essay for a bunch of different reasons but ultimately I decided to include it in the book because my experience on the BL set and how I talked about it says so much about the evolution of my beliefs and politics.
Most of my jobs at that point kinda sucked — I was either shooting e-commerce for online stores where I felt like nothing more than a mannequin or I'd be in lingerie while some middle-aged male photographers told me to pout. BL was different. I was surrounded by women I liked and trusted. I had fun on set, being a sexy girl in a music video made me feel hot and cool and powerful. I told the world that the experience was empowering. In many ways it was. You'll have to read the essay to fully understand the other sides to my experience.
Earlier this month it was revealed that Ratajkowski wrote about her experience on the video set. In a passage, the model accused Thicke of grabbing the then-21-year old's bare breasts.
The director of the video, Diane Martel, corroborated Ratajkowski's account, saying. "I remember the moment that he grabbed her breasts. One in each hand. He was standing behind her as they were both in profile. I screamed in my very aggressive Brooklyn voice, 'What the f**k are you doing, that's it!! The shoot is over!!'"
So far there's been no response from Thicke concerning the allegations.