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How 'Blurred Lines' Director Convinced Models To Go Nude

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Emily Ratajkowski and Robin Thicke. Still via Vevo.
Emily Ratajkowski and Robin Thicke. Still via Vevo.

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Despite its questionable lyrics, Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines was a breakout hit this summer. Thicke further courted controversy with a video starring a flock of pretty-much nude models strutting about while he and fellow musicians Pharrell and T.I. ogled them, grabbed them and smelled their hair.

The most prominent of the models, straight stunner Emily Ratajkowski, just sat down with beauty blog Into the Gloss to tell them her low-maintenance skin routine, but the interview opens with Ratajkowski explaining how she came to be topless in the video. "What's funny is initially my agency turned [it] down," she said. After meeting with the video's director, her attitude changed. "She told me that she would make it fun and interesting, and how making eye contact with the camera would change everything. If you look at art history, nudes making eye contact with the viewer completely defeat the power of the male gaze. It's crucial."

Calling all art history armchair critics: What are your thoughts not only on this philosophy, but also on comparing Blurred Lines to major works of art?
· Blurred Lines (Unrated) [Vevo]
· Emily Ratajkowski, Model [Into the Gloss]
· Remembering When Robin Thicke Dressed Like Nickleback [Racked]