Rosie Huntington-Whiteley may be the knockout face and designer of one of the best-selling lingerie brands in history with the Vogue covers and action-hero boyfriend to boot, but as it turns out, the story of”Brand Rosie” has much more humble roots.
After 10 years in the fashion/modeling biz, the British beauty is opening up and revealing all about her rise to supermodel stardom by way of a candid new interview with The Guardian. Speaking openly to the UK publication, the former Victoria’s Secret Angel reflects on her time in the industry, and explains why models have to be “more real now than ever.”
While a young, fresh off the Devon farm Rosie might have once received castings via fax, she notes that “there’s more engagement” now. ”Everybody wants to know the models,” she adds. ”You’re no longer this one-dimensional image…It’s more expected now for supermodels to be smart, to have opinions, to have a personality.”
Of course, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the supermodel-turned-actress, who admits she still gets “nervous in public.” Although she’s something of a street style superstar today, she wasn’t always so fashion-forward. In fact, you may be surprised to hear that her first stab at being fashionable came in the form of a pair of fake Ugg boots that she bought as a teenager.
“I was never particularly fashionable,” she tells the Observer. “I remember walking into a restaurant wearing them, and literally everybody turned to look at me, and they all laughed.”
Luckily, Rosie has never been one to succumb to the criticisim of those whom she claims, just “want to see you fall.” Since those early faux-Ugg boot days, Rosie has broken the mold in more ways than one: earning mega-blockbuster roles in 2011′s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and this year’s Mad Max: Fury Road; designing a best-selling lingerie brand and what feels like one major cover after the next these days. Beauty, brains and personality — what more could we ask for in a modern-day super?
Check out the full interview with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley here!