Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Music Video Muse Edition): Emily Ratajkowski

 

In 2013, Emily Ratajkowski became the new seductive ‘It’ girl in the entertainment industry.  After already demonstrating a high level of comfort with her body, in the form of numerous nude (or near nude) photo shoots, Emily brought that ‘exposure’ to a wider audience in two of the year’s biggest music videos.

EmRata_Pic03

The first of these music videos to burn up the airwaves was the controversial and popular “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, Pharrell and T.I.  The song was enormously popular, as it stayed at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks.  It was controversial because the song, itself, seemed to be too casual about the subject of sexual consent while the video was controversial due to an alternate version that had Emily, and the other female models, cavorting around naked.  Regardless of the controversy, “Blurred Lines” succeeded in not just putting Emily on the radar, but in breaking that radar.  The other big video was her body paint excursion in Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody.”

 

For all the nuclear-level hotness she brings to her barely-clothed roles and photo shoots, the English-born/California-raised Ratajkowski is actually a former child actress from the Nickelodeon ‘factory’.  She performed in multiple episodes of “iCarly” (along with star Miranda Cosgrove) as Tasha.  However, after finishing that role in 2010, she didn’t act for another 4 years.  This was due to advice from her manager that she keep the number of roles low until she can be more selective in what she chooses to star in.

EmRata_Pic05

The end result of that selectivity was that her next acting role was as Ben Affleck’s mistress, Andie, in the critically-acclaimed thriller (and box office hit), “Gone Girl”.  She received good notices for her performance in that film.  She now has two additional films slated for release in 2015.  One is the long-awaited feature film of Vinnie Chase and the boys in “Entourage” (a film that, no doubt, will showcase some of Emily’s ‘body comfort’). The other is “We Are Your Friends” (starring with Zac Efron and Wes Bentley).

EmRata_Pic04

 

It goes without saying that Emily is a much sought after model.  After attending UCLA for one year, she left school in 2009 to go into modeling full time.  She did print work for Forever 21, Kohl’s and Nordstrom.  Her uninhibited nature also got her significant work in swimsuit and lingerie campaigns, not to mention nude and partially clothed magazine shoots.

Emily’s comfort with displaying her body comes from growing up around the nude female form through her father’s work as a visual artist, as well as her following of such well regarding photographers as Herb Ritts and Helmut Newton.  She also frequently visited nude beaches throughout Europe with her mother.  She views the American aversion to nudity as a repressed attitude.  She thinks of herself as a feminist in this manner.

 

Now, one would think that if a frequently nude model possessed some body art, it would be pretty easy to spot.  Of course, when even Emily forgets that she has a tiny window tattoo of the back of her left calf, it should be a surprise that others overlook it, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can find out more about Emily at her official website:  http://www.emrata.com/

Emily is also well represented on social media:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/emrata

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/emrata

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Pan’s Labyrinth Edition): Ivana Baquero

Several years ago, I was privileged to watch a very special Spanish-language film called “Pan’s Labyrinth”.  Directed by Guillermo del Toro (famous for the “Hell Boy” films and “Pacific Rim”), “Pan’s Labyrinth” is the tale of a young girl who escapes from the horrible existence (of living with her mother and sadistic new stepfather in a remote outpost during the Spanish Civil War) into a fantasy world where she is a fairy princess who must complete three tasks in order to obtain immortality.

 

This melancholy, yet deeply moving tale, introduced Ivana Baquero as the young girl, Ofelia.  Ivana did an amazing portrayal of a young girl trapped in a hopeless life, who still keeps hope for a good life for her mother, herself and new-born brother.  The power of this film impressed audiences and garnered numerous awards (including 3 Academy Awards… although, it didn’t win Best Foreign Language Film, surprisingly).  Ivana, herself, won several awards for her performance as Ofelia.  Among them were the Saturn Awards and Goya Awards.

 

In the years following her big debut, Ivana has managed to keep a relatively normal life.  For school, she attended the American School of Barcelona.  While there, she worked on learning English, as well as the regional Spanish language of Catalan.

 

 

While focusing on her academics, Ivana still found time to get in front of the camera.  In 2008, she returned to the familiar time period of the Spanish Civil War in “The Anarchist’s Wife”.  A year later, Ivana got to act alongside Hollywood heavyweight, Kevin Costner, as the antagonist in the horror film “The New Daughter”.

 

Currently, Ivana has recently starred in the film’s “Another Me” and “Gelo”.  She has a few other projects in the pipeline.  When she chooses to return to acting full time, this extremely talented and well-grounded young actress can end up being as big a star as Natalie Portman (who is one of Ivana’s acting idols).

 

 

One thing that Ivana is showing an appreciation for as she moves into adulthood is body art.  Right now, at 20 years old, she already has two great feminine tattoos.  Right around the time she turned 18, Ivana got the word “Home” inscribed on her lower back, near her hip.

 

 

 

 

More recently, she added a cute shining sun to on her right hip, near her bikini line.

 

 

 

 

 

It will be entertaining to watch Ivana as her career continues to develop.  It will also be nice to see her continued love of tattoos.

You can follow Ivana on social media:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ivanabaquero_  (this is not a verified account, but it seems to be run by her)

Instagram (Ivana shares a lot here):  http://instagram.com/ivanabaquero