We all deserve 48 hours of uninterrupted downtime with someone special between now and Labor Day. Nick Jonas and Emily Ratajkowski show us how it’s done.
Just three years ago the Jonas Brothers were still a boy band, and the world had not seen Emily Ratajkowski morph from background dancer in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” video to major model and actress. A lot has happened since. Nick Jonas, 23, a bona fide solo artist, drops his third album, Last Year Was Complicated, this month—and also stars in the indie film Goat (in theaters this September), about frat hazing. Meanwhile, Ratajkowski, 24, is defending women’s sexuality (follow her @EmRata accounts and google her Lenny Letter essay about her teen years). But here, let them tell you:
Glamour: You’re a feminist, but you’re also comfortable being topless. Please explain!
Emily Ratajkowski: I shave my armpits and wear makeup. They might be things I like because they’re part of a patriarchal society, but I’m reclaiming them. Women should be the ones who are in control, even if they’re topless or being sexual.
Glamour: You use social media to defend your opinions—made any surprising connections this way?
ER: I sent Lena Dunham a DM with a dorky selfie on Instagram and waved “Hi!” It sparked a great friendship, and it’s how I came to write for Lenny. And I spent time with Kim Kardashian West after defending her nude selfie on Twitter. It was bullshit that Piers Morgan [tweeted a joke about putting clothing on her], in my opinion.
Glamour: And then the two of you posted a topless selfie together, which got some strong reactions. What’s your approach to negativity online?
ER: The important thing to remember is social media is not real life. People would never say those things in person.
Glamour: So how do you recharge?
ER: I’ll get in a hot bath with salts, or I go to Korean spas in L.A. for a body scrub and a massage.
Glamour: Ever brought a guy to the spa?
ER: I’ve dragged my boyfriend to Korean spas, which is hilarious because he goes into a separate area with other naked men. Then you come out together, feel great, and swap stories.
Glamour: So you’re into male grooming then?
ER: When guys pluck their brows—that’s a pet peeve of mine. Girls can tell!
Glamour: Tell us, what was so complicated about last year?
Nick Jonas: I started writing the record, then life interrupted. I had a breakup, and that informed a lot of the writing.
Glamour: How’d that go?
NJ: A big thing for me is getting real about my insecurities; trying to share more than the surface level with people. There’s so much pressure as an artist and a performer—especially in the pop world—to maintain a level of confidence. But then you look at people who are killing it right now: They’re open about insecurities. It’s amazing to see how connected that makes us all.
Glamour: You strip down for your “Close” video. How did you prep?
NJ: I was in the gym pretty heavily before we shot. And I don’t know if I got a spray tan or not, but, uh…maybe I did. I can’t remember. [Laughs.] Everyone looks better with a tan, let’s be honest.
Glamour: Growing up, which Jonas brother spent the most time on his hair?
NJ: Probably Kevin. There was a time when he used to flatiron his hair. I think he’s happy he no longer does that.
Glamour: Who is most likely to go to the spa?
NJ: Me or Joe. I appreciate a spa day. A nice steam-room situation.