Model and actor Emily Ratajkowski strikes her best lounging poses while explaining the concept of a single-payer healthcare system, in a Vogue film directed by Vincent Peone designed to educate people before they head to the polls on 6 November.
Award-winning director Peone, collaborating with Ratajowski and the content team at Vogue, breaks down a complex issue that affects all Americans in the short film. Ratajkowski is a model and swimsuit line owner with a very political conscience - known for never shying away from voicing her opinion on Instagram and in real-life (she was recently arrested for protesting the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh).
Inspired by Margot Robbie’s tidy explanation of the mortgage crisis in the movie The Big Short, delivered while she relaxed in a bathtub, Peone’s film features Ratajkowski in a leopard print swimsuit on a rooftop patio giving viewers an easily digestible primer on single-payer healthcare. While catering to her nail-care routine, she speaks forcefully and directly, delivering an insightful and incisive monologue on the state of the American healthcare system.
Vogue culture writer Bridget Read wrote the script, with Ratajkowski adding her own adlibs to the monologue. Peone strikes a balance of humor and serious facts while providing voters with the necessary framework to make an educated vote in November’s midterm elections.
Ratajkowski states at the close of the film: “You can’t vote for or against a candidate who likes or doesn’t like single payer if you don’t know what it is, right? So when you vote in the midterm elections this November – and you are going to vote – now you know.”
As a trusted collaborator of Condé Nast, Peone has helmed original films starring celebrities such as Mindy Kaling, Allison Williams, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. Recently, he won his sixth Webby Award for his Vogue short film documenting a heart-to-heart between Meryl Streep and Anna Wintour, captured during their first meeting since Streep portrayed Wintour in The Devil Wears Prada. He also produces and shoots Vogue’s award-winning 73 Questions video series.