Emily Ratajkowski is 25% Polish, 25% Ashkenazi Jewish, and 50% mix of Irish, with some German and English, and remote Welsh.
Emily O'Hara Ratajkowski was born on June 7, 1991, in Westminster, London, the only child of American parents, Kathleen Anne Balgley and John David "J.D." Ratajkowski. Her father, John, is a painter and teacher and mother, Kathleen, a professor of English.
Ratajkowski spent the first five years of her life in London before finally settling down in San Diego, California. Before leaving London, Ratajkowski had become obsessed with theatre. She also tried soccer, acting, and ballet before modeling. She then took up a couple of roles and even tried her hand at ballet, and eventually started modeling.
As a child, Ratajkowski spent a significant amount of time in Europe. Visiting nude beaches in Europe exposed the young Ratajkowski to the nude female figure in photography and art during her formative years. Works of prominent photographers, including that of her father, left a deep impact on young Emily’s mind.