How does a young model cope with being compared to Kate Moss, and with having a whole book devoted to her by Rankin? It happened a while ago, but we feel that Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley would have taken it in her stride, even then. After all, this is the woman who said: “I’m not here to win a popularity contest. I’m here to work and have a career. Let the haters hate. I’m ready for the criticism”.
Her no-nonsense attitude may date back to having been bullied at school over her double-barrelled name, full lips and boyish figure, but then, we also have to remember that this 1987-born Devon native boasts politicians and baronets among her ancestors, with links to one of Queen Victoria’s descendants.
GCSEs were preceded by work experience at London’s Profile agency. Once the exams were out of the way in 2003, Rosie signed up, and at the age of sixteen, did her first modelling session for a Levi jeans commercial. Her big break came in New York, when she flew out for a shoot with Teen Vogue in January 2004. Her first runway experience came with Naomi Campbell not long afterwards, and still in the Big Apple, Bruce Weber shot her for Abercrombie & Finch.
In 2006, she signed to Victoria’s Secret (becoming an Angel in 2010), but stayed unknown outside the fashion world until she took the place of Agyness Deyn in Burberry’s 2008 autumn/winter campaign with actor Sam Riley. A British Vogue cover followed, and she featured as the face of Karen Millen’s 2009 spring/summer campaign. In the same year, she received a well-deserved Elle Style Award for Model of the Year, appeared in a short Agent Provocateur film, and was involved with Godiva and Miss Sixty.
2010 saw a nude Huntingdon-Whiteley in the Pirelli calendar, shot by Terry Richardson, and catwalk work for Giles Deacon in Paris, and Prada in Milan. She shot ads for Burberry, Loewe, and Monsoon, introducing its underwear range, while cover work has included GQ UK, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar Russia.
This English rose has also worked with Bloomingdales, Ralph Lauren, DKNY, and Tommy Hilfiger, and has walked for Vera Wang, Valentino, and Oscar de la Renta. She was chosen as face of the Burberry Body fragrance in 2011, and in 2012, was named top style icon at the Elle Style Awards. In 2013, she joined other inspirational women for the M&S Christmas advert.
In 2010, Rosie took over from Megan Fox as the female lead in the film Transformers: Dark of the Moon, calling it “a crazy opportunity”. Reviews of her performance after its 2011 opening weren’t particularly favourable, so maybe what’s needed is just more experience, and the right vehicle for her style.
Fashionable diets don’t play a great part in her daily routine. Having grown up on a farm, her tip for eating well is “nothing extreme”, preferring to simply “cut out carbs and refined sugars”. It helps that she’s not a big party-goer or drinker, and doesn’t do drugs. She just wants to make her family proud, she says. We’re sure she does that!
Black & White Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Vogue Brazil April 2012
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Street Style
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Street Style February 2014
English Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Street Style Dalmain Blazer Sunglasses and Pumps
English Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Street Style Chanel 2.55 Bag Quilted Leather Jacket