Leveraging Instagram to promote yourself wasn’t common in the modeling industry until people like Emily Ratajkowski normalized it. Emily is an American model who has appeared in several high-end magazines, music videos, and films. Before this, she was a child actress, appearing in Nickelodeon’s iCarly. As of 2022, Emily Ratajkowski has a net worth of $8 million.
On June 7, 1991, Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski was born to school teachers John David and Kathleen Anne. Though she is originally from Westminster, London, most of her childhood was spent in Encinitas, California.
As a kid, she always loved acting, constantly putting on performances in front of her family. She took ballet lessons and participated in a number of local theatrical productions.
Ratajkowski was also exposed to the art of female photography growing up, which inspired her to start modeling early in life. She went to the University of California, Los Angeles for a year before dropping out to pursue her dreams as an artist.
Ratajkowski started working for Ford Models at age 14, posing for companies like Nordstrom and Kohl’s. After a year, she started auditioning for acting roles on a couple of children’s networks.
She played two minor movie characters before getting cast in the third season of the teen sitcom iCarly in 2009. After this, she went back to focusing on her modeling career.
Emily dropped out of college as she hated socializing with other students and wanted to pursue modeling more seriously. She began collaborating with photographer Tony Duran, posing for treats! and made the cover of its issue. This helped her get many high-profile projects later on.
Rise to Stardom
In 2013, the aspiring model was featured in the music video for Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines. This attracted a lot of attention, which shot Emily into the limelight and attracted the attention of men worldwide. Many media outlets labeled her the most attractive woman in the world.
With this, she caught the attention of Ben Affleck, who specifically chose her as his mistress in his 2014 film “Gone Girl.” She was later cast in movies like “We Are Your Friends” and “In Darkness.”
Emily Ratajkowski used Instagram to boost her profile, which was not common for mainstream models back in the day. Nowadays, Instagram is crowded with thousands of models. She became a known advocate for female empowerment online. In 2021, she released an essay collection titled “My Body” to further promote her ideals.
Net Worth and Earnings
Currently, Ratajkowski has 29.5 million followers on Instagram, putting her in the top 0.1% on the platform. As a famous figure, she earns money through endorsement deals. Hootsuite reports that she charges about $80,700 for a sponsored post.
There are also her earnings from traditional means of modeling. Plus, she occasionally gets major acting gigs, and she earns extra from book sales. This is why Emily Ratajkowski’s net worth is estimated to be around $8 million.
Through a courthouse wedding, Ratajkowski married film producer Sebastian Bear-McClard in 2018. They have one son named Sylvester. However, many sources claim that the couple has recently split up. It still isn’t confirmed if they are getting a divorce.