By Bruce Edwin
Often times the most ridiculed, under-valued, and hated people in the entertainment industry—models, undergo the scorn of society. From envy from other women, who accuse them, sometimes accurately—but often times not—of having eating disorders, from criticism by feminists for perpetuating the alleged degradation of women by the so called 'male gaze,' and from many men, who view them merely as a mindless body and pretty face to look at, use, and throw away; models, whose career came in to existence with the beginning of the printed press, can have it tough. Even the entertainment industry itself, including agents and managers, often demeans models. Reps that handle actors often dislike models, and actors, whose hard work is often undermined by a pretty face, may find them threatening, and therefore consider them enemies.
While generally perceived as spoiled, rich little brats, who don’t roll out of bed before noon for less than a million dollars, the truth is, according to certain labor statistics, most models, the ones that even make any money, don’t average much above minimum wage. Yet many models, based on my experience, are often hard working, intelligent young women, pushing their way through school, and sometimes school and work, scraping by, and simply hoping to give themselves and, many hope, maybe even their family, a better life for a cycle that most know is short lived.
Yet when they succeed, models can get paid any where from several hundred dollars on the low end per day, to hundreds, and some times even thousands per hour. To even make a decent full time living at being a model, a model is usually one out of thousands or even tens of thousands of other girls who did not make the cut. To be a supermodel, it is one out of hundreds of thousands or even more who tried, while only one made it. Yet it takes constant work, dedication, and yes, artistry, to know how to work the allure and beauty that they were born with.
Having seen literally thousands of models, or those aspiring to be, over the years, I have realized that a part of the essence of the female model that makes her such an object of beauty to society and the media, is the essence of a woman herself. Her beauty, her intelligence, her personality, her charm, her spirit, her confidence, her innocence, and her modern power to push against the patriarchal system that has been set up against her, and use it to her advantage to regain her independence. We may all complain about models at some point (I know I have), but the fact is, the world is a much brighter, prettier, and better place because of models, and so we here salute them. We give you here in this issue of The Hollywood Sentinel, in no particular order, the Top 10 Hottest Models of Fashion from the past five years to present, in no particular order. The first models on this list include Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevigne, and Ronja Furrer.
Born Emily O'Hara Ratajkowski in London on June 7, 1991, Emily signed with Ford Models at the age of 14. Attending UCLA in the fine art department for one year, she reportedly stopped to focus on her modeling career which was taking off bigger. Emily Ratajkowski made waves in Hollywood in 2012 after shooting for the newly launched Treats magazine, which was a new, artsy erotic magazine that attracted director Brett Ratner to shoot, as well as models including Dylan Penn, the daughter of Robin Wright and Sean Penn, among more. This job reportedly led her to be cast as one of the girls in 2013's controversial video for Robin Thicke. The un-censored version of the video, which created a lot of controversy for featuring clothed men and nude models, including the way it was depicted and its lyrical content, all of which was derided by many as misogynistic and sexist.
It was with these provocative and controversial career moves that London born (and reportedly Polish, Irish, and Jewish) model Emily Ratajkowski started. She later landed the cover of GQ in Turkey, and jobs for The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, as well as countless high fashion campaigns around the world. With many of her shoots still pushing buttons with artistic nude and sexy images, Emily Ratajkowski defends her work and career choices as playful, fun, and artistic. Regarding the music video, she states, "Anything that’s in pop culture and involves naked women and dressed men should be criticized or at least inspected, so I felt glad that it was criticized. The female body is a beautiful thing, and it should be embraced and celebrated," she stated. She added, "There’s nothing wrong with being comfortable in your own skin. If anything, it can be really beautiful." (source: Fox News).
Standing at 5'-7", the now 23 year old states that she is happy that she has proven that girls that are curvier and not as tall can indeed succeed in the modelling world. Emily's further goals include acting. Her credits include videos for Treats magazine, 'Fox and Friends,' 'Group Choice Awards,' 'A Year and a Day,' and the role of Tasha on the T.V. show 'I-Carly.' Her future film work reportedly includes the films 'Gone Girl,' 'We Are Your Friends,' and the film version of 'Entourage.' Whether one supports her career choices or not, one cannot deny that Emily is definitely making waves in the fashion world and Hollywood, and that she is - without a doubt, one of the hottest new faces in fashion.
This story is copyright, 2014, The Hollywood Sentinel, all rights reserved. Works consulted: Emily Ratajkowski official website, Fox News, Wikipedia.