Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Emily Ratajkowski

Emily Ratajkowski from Instagram and Snapchat, 2016.04.03

Emily O'Hara Ratajkowski (/ˌrɑːtaɪˈkɒfski/; Polish: [ratajˈkɔfskʲi]; born June 7, 1991) is an American model and actress. Born in London to American parents and raised primarily in California, she rose to prominence after appearing in the music video for Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines", which became the number one song of the year 2013 in several countries, despite it being controversial for many reasons including its nudity, plagiarism, and its themes of both sexual degradation and sexual freedom.
Ratajkowski's modeling career has progressed from retail adwork to arthouse erotica and high fashion. She appeared on the cover of the March 2012 issue of erotic magazine treats! This led to her being asked to appear in two music videos: "Blurred Lines" and Maroon 5's "Love Somebody". She appeared in the 2014 and 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues. Ratajkowski made her professional runway modelling debut for Marc Jacobs at Spring/Summer 2016 New York Fashion Week in 2015 and has since walked on the Paris Fashion Week runway for Miu Miu. She was a spokesperson for Buick in a Super Bowl commercial for its Cascada during Super Bowl 50.
Ratajkowski's acting career began with youth acting in the San Diego area before she gained a recurring role on iCarly and later roles in major films. Her feature film debut was as the mistress of Ben Affleck's character in the 2014 film Gone Girl. Ratajkowski's 2015 films included Entourage, We Are Your Friends with Zac Efron (her first leading role), and The Spoils Before Dying. She has several current acting engagements in various stages of development.
Ratajkowski is an advocate for women's health issues as a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood (PPFA). In addition, she supports the right of women to express their sexuality and supports Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign.

An only child, Ratajkowski was born in Westminster, London, to American parents. At the time of her birth, Ratajkoski's mother and father were aged 39 and 45, respectively, and not married. Her mother Kathleen Balgley, a professor of English and writer described by Ratajkowski as a "feminist and intellectual", was in London temporarily to teach under the Fulbright Program. Balgley had met Ratajkowski's father, John David "J. D." Ratajkowski, a painter and art teacher, when they both taught at San Dieguito Academy. The family settled in San Diego when Ratajkowski was 5. She was raised primarily in nearby Encinitas, California in a small house near the ocean.
Ratajkowski is of Jewish, Polish, Irish, and German descent. Her father was raised Catholic, while her mother was raised Jewish. Ratajkowski's mother formerly taught at California Polytechnic State University, known as Cal Poly. When asked about her heritage in 2012, Ratajkowski answered "Polish Israeli". She lived in and traveled to many parts of Europe during her youth, including long periods in Bantry, Ireland, and Mallorca, Spain. She spent her early youth summers in Ireland until she became a full-time model. Ratajkowski grew up without television; she tried soccer, acting and ballet before modeling.
Exposure to the nude female figure in photography and art during her formative years, including the work of her father, prepared Ratajkowski for her eventual nude and semi-nude appearances before the camera. Among her influences was exposure to the photography of Helmut Newton and Herb Ritts in books. Ratajkowski said she is comfortable with the naked body due to her background and life experiences, stating "We have this culture of men, especially, watching pornography, but then offended by a classic nude portrait or photograph, and I've never felt that way". Ratajkowski also frequently visited nudist beaches in Europe with her family during her youth. As a young teen who experienced early pronounced physical maturation, Ratajkowski endured pressure from friends, family and society to repress expressing her sexuality. She was urged to censor both her expression and how she presented herself.

Ratajkowski has done public service announcements promoting safe sex and birth control for Planned Parenthood (PPFA). She also committed to participate in a short film about reproductive and sexual health issues for PPFA. Ratajkowski describes PPFA as "the main charity that I work with" because of its prominence as a proactive women's health organization, and has worked with PPFA to raise funds. She reports receiving a wide range of responses to her involvement, including comments on her bravery. Ratajkowski's involvement has also caught the attention of right to life advocates and drawn ire from the likes of the National Right to Life Committee. Planned Parenthood has presented her as a spokesperson for its birth control support. Ratajkowski is outspoken on her interest in using her celebrity to fight against the social implications of speaking out for empowerment of women and sexuality.
Ratajkowski has stated that she enjoys freedom of sexual expression to "wear what she wants, sleep with whom she wants, and dance how she wants, while still being a feminist."Amanda Hess of Slate questions whether Ratajkowski is a feminist or an opportunist exploiting feminism. In an interview for The New York Times, she notes her frustration that "...society somehow feels that women can't manage to be political, feminist and a sex symbol."Ratajkowski finds society's reaction to the naked female form "weird" given how comfortable her parental support system conditioned her to be with it. As a woman who enjoys both ballet and pornographic entertainment, she feels that regardless of whether she does professional nudity, she can believe in equality for women. Ratajkowski, acknowledges that in both her modelling and acting professions there are pressures to stay fit, but feels that a support system has enabled her to handle the pressure. British GQ's Charlie Burton states that she is a feminist with more to say than others, but not a hardcore feminist. He says her feminist message is one of sexual empowerment because sex should not feel like a service and should be a benefit enjoyed by all involved parties. Heather Saul of The Independent defended Ratajkowski's message with an article under the subtitle "Ratajkowski is becoming an important feminist voice in the debate over female censorship and sexuality"
On the eve of the February 9, 2016 New Hampshire Democratic primary, Ratajkowski spoke at a Bernie Sanders rally in New Hampshire to endorse his campaign. One of the main points of her speech and her social media activity surrounding it was to counter Gloria Steinem's statement that young female Sanders supporters (and thus Hillary Clinton opponents) were in it for the boys.
Ratajkowski published her recollections on the pressure about her sexuality that she endured as a youth and her current thoughts on female sexual empowerment in Lena Dunham's Lenny newsletter on February 16. The letter was republished by many major media outlets including the websites of Elle, Esquire and Harper's Bazaar. It was received favorably by a wide variety of media outlets: Salon's Erin Coulehan describes the essay as a statement about the Catch-22 of being a woman in a society where showcasing sexuality in a way that may "accidentally offend, excite, or create envy" leads to criticism and body-shaming; Glamour's Hayley Spencer describes it as "powerful"; The Huffington Post's Jenavieve Hatch says Ratajkowski "has a lot to say"; InStyle's Isabella Silvers endorses Ratajkowski's point that "Female sexuality isn't always for the benefit of someone else"; Cosmopolitan's Nikki Kinstlinger notes that Ratajkowski "makes it super clear that she is hell bent on doing things her way, and taking ownership of her sexuality, her gender and her body"; Georgia Simmonds of Marie Claire describes Ratajkowski's statements as follows: "Fundamentally, she refuses to be apologetic - she is determined to define sexy on her own terms, shame-free and finds empowerment in that process." Rachael Moon of The Daily Mirror notes that the letter is a revealing discussion of "what it means to be sexual". Charlotte Gill of The Independent admits she is in the minority, but feels that the letter is "rambling" and "dull".
Ratajkowski supported Cara Delevingne's decision to stop modelling to pursue acting, noting that one should be free to change the forum in which one expresses one's creativity. In keeping with her letter, Ratajkowski became involved in the March social media controversy surrounding Kim Kardashian's posting of naked selfies by defending Kardashian's right in the context of women's rights to "express their sexuality and share their bodies however they choose". By the end of the month, Kardashian and Ratajkowski jointly advocated for female sexual empowerment and against bodyshaming with millions of social media followers responding positively and many prominent media outlets around the world taking notice. This prompted Piers Morgan to state that Ratajkowski's approach to feminism is a misguided affront to true feminism, eventually labelling her actions as a pseudo-feminist gibberish. Gill questions whether Ratajkowski understands feminism because her career has been composed of anti-feminist activities for which she has been paid to perform under contract.

Emily Osment

Emily Osment from Instagram, 2016.04.08

Emily Jordan Osment (born March 10, 1992) is an American actress, singer, and songwriter born in Los Angeles, California. After working in several television films in her childhood, she gained fame for co-starring as the character Gerti Giggles in Spy Kids Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. She went on to co-star in the Emmy Award-nominated Disney Channel sitcom Hannah Montana as Lilly Truscott as well as the series movie, Hannah Montana: The Movie. She also starred as Cassie in R. L. Stine's: The Haunting Hour Volume One: Don't Think About It and the Disney Channel Original Movie, Dadnapped as Melissa Morris.
Osment expanded her repertoire into pop music and alternative/indie rock where she has recorded teen pop hits like "I Don't Think About It", "If I Didn't Have You" alongside her Hannah Montana co-star Mitchel Musso, and "Once Upon a Dream".
Osment entered the world of music recording soundtracks for movie singles and Disney albums. According to an interview at the 2008 Grammys, she was writing some songs together with Eve 6. In 2009 she signed with the Wind-up Records label and released "All the Way Up", the first single from her EP debut, All the Right Wrongs, released on October 26, 2009. The EP debuted at the Billboard 200 and her songs reached the top positions on the Canadian Hot 100 and Radio Disney. The EP was promoted within the United States by the 2010 Clap Your Hands Tour.
Osment's debut album, Fight or Flight was released on October 5, 2010 via Wind-up Records. The lead single "Let's Be Friends" was released on June 8, 2010 and the second single "Lovesick" was released on October 19, 2010. In October 2010 she began her Fight or Flight Tour, whose first performance took place in São Paulo, Brazil.
She starred in the 2011 ABC Family Original Movie, Cyberbully, the 2013/2014 series Cleaners, produced for the online service Crackle and the 2014 Lifetime movie A Daughter's Nightmare and Studio Universal movie Kiss Me. She currently stars in the ABC Family television series Young & Hungry as Gabi Diamond.

Osment was born in Los Angeles, California, where her family still resides, to actor Michael Eugene Osment, and Theresa Osment (née Seifert), an English teacher. She was raised as a Roman Catholic. Her father has appeared in various films, including her movie Soccer Mom, and her older brother is Academy Award-nominated actor Haley Joel Osment.

Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt - Portraits At Press Conference For The Movie ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ At The London Hotel In New York – 2016.04.08

Emily Olivia Leah Blunt (born 23 February 1983) is an English-American actress. She made her professional debut alongside Judi Dench in The Royal Family, for which she was named Best Newcomer by Evening Standard. Her screen debut came with the 2003 television film Boudica (Warrior Queen), and she delivered her breakout performance in the 2004 drama film My Summer of Love, for which she received the Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer. Her performance in the television film Gideon's Daughter (2006) garnered her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, and the same year, she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture and a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Devil Wears Prada.
In 2009, Blunt received the BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year. She garnered further acclaim for portraying Queen Victoria in The Young Victoria (2009), for which she received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. She found commercial success for roles in the romantic science-fiction thriller The Adjustment Bureau (2011), the science fiction action thriller Looper (2012), and the science fiction film Edge of Tomorrow (2014). Blunt received her fourth and fifth Golden Globe Award nominations for her roles in the romantic comedy-drama Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012) and the musical fantasy Into the Woods (2014) in the Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical category.

Blunt was born in Wandsworth, London, the second of four children. She is the daughter of Joanna, a former actress and teacher, and barrister Oliver Simon Peter Blunt, QC. Her siblings are Felicity, Sebastian, and Susannah. Her grandfather was Major-General Peter Blunt, and one of her paternal uncles is Crispin Blunt, Conservative Member of Parliament for Reigate.
From the age of 7 to 14, Blunt struggled with stuttering. She credits a school teacher for helping her overcome the stutter through acting. She went on to sit on the board of directors for the American Institute for Stuttering. Blunt attended Ibstock Place School and, at the age of 16, went to Hurtwood House, a private sixth-form college known for its performing arts program. There, she was discovered by an agent.

Blunt had a three-year relationship with Canadian singer Michael Bublé. They met in 2005, while backstage at the Australian television Logie Awards in Melbourne. They later shared a home in Vancouver, Canada, before breaking up in 2008.
In November 2008, Blunt began dating American actor John Krasinski. Blunt and Krasinski became engaged in August 2009, and married on 10 July 2010 in Como, Italy. On 16 February 2014, she gave birth to their daughter, Hazel. On 26 January 2016, Blunt's rep confirmed the couple are expecting a second child.
Blunt's brother-in-law is her The Devil Wears Prada co-star Stanley Tucci. In 2012, Tucci married Blunt's sister Felicity, who works as a literary agent. Blunt was responsible for introducing the couple. Her brother Sebastian is an actor.
In August 2015, Blunt became a citizen of the United States. She took dual-citizenship in the USA, suggesting the status helped her tax and visa situation but felt conflicted over having to abandon her sole allegiance to the United Kingdom.

Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke - 2016 MTV Movie Awards In Burbank, California – 2016.04.09

Emilia Clarke (born 26 October 1986) is an English actress. She is known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO series Game of Thrones, for which she received two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2013 and 2015. Clarke made her Broadway debut in a production of Breakfast at Tiffany's as Holly Golightly in March 2013. In 2015, she starred as Sarah Connor in the film Terminator Genisys. She was named Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive in 2015.

Clarke was born in London, and grew up in Berkshire. Her father is a theatre sound engineer. She has a younger brother. Clarke's interest in acting began at the age of three after seeing the musical Show Boat on which her father was working. She was educated at Rye St Antony School and at St Edward's School, Oxford. She attended Drama Centre London, and graduated in 2009.

Clarke's early work includes two plays at St. Edwards, ten plays at Drama Centre London, the 2009 Company of Angels production of Sense, and two 2009 commercials for Samaritans. One of her first film roles was for a University of London students' short film. Her first television roles were Saskia Mayer in a 2009 episode of the British soap opera Doctors and Savannah in Syfy's 2010 film Triassic Attack. Screen International magazine named her as one of the "UK Stars of Tomorrow".
In 2010, Clarke was cast as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones, based on the book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. She was cast after fellow British actress Tamzin Merchant was replaced for undisclosed reasons. She did the funky chicken and robot dance during her audition. The show debuted in April 2011 to positive reviews and was quickly picked up by the network for a second season. She has appeared in all five broadcast seasons, and is attached to the sixth. Clarke won the 2011 EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for her role as Daenerys. In 2013, Clarke was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards. She was nominated again in the category in 2015. She was voted the most desirable woman in the world by Askmen readers in 2014.

In 2012, Clarke appeared in Spike Island, a film named after the location of The Stone Roses's seminal 1990 gig. From March to April 2013, Clarke played Holly Golightly in a Broadway production of Breakfast at Tiffany's. In 2013, she also starred in Dom Hemingway alongside Jude Law. In May 2014, it was announced that she had joined the feature film Garden of Last Days alongside James Franco, but the movie was scrapped two weeks before production was due to begin. Clarke was offered the role of Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey but turned down the part because of the nudity required. She played Sarah Connor in 2015's Terminator Genisys, opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney, and Jason Clarke. She also stars in the movie adaption of the best selling book (of the same name), Me Before You, set for release on June 3, 2016, as one of the main characters, Louisa Clark.
She will play the lead as Nurse Verena, in the up-coming movie Voice from the Stone. She was named Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive in 2015. She is also rumoured to be attached to the films The Guns of August opposite Helena Bonham Carter and Sweet Nothing.

In September 2012, Clarke was reported to be dating Seth MacFarlane. In March 2013, it was reported that she and MacFarlane had ended their relationship. Clarke currently resides in Hampstead, London.