Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is an English actress, model, and businesswoman. She is known for her work for ‘Victoria’s Secret’, a well-known American designer, manufacturer, and marketer’s of women’s lingerie, womenswear, and beauty products. She is also known for her work with ‘Burberry’ a British luxury fashion house, as she became the face of their brand fragrance ‘Burberry Body’. She eventually moved into acting and played a supporting role in the American sci-fi action film ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’, which was the third installment in the popular Transformers film series. The film was a huge success commercially, earning more than $1 billion. It was also nominated for multiple Oscars. A few years later, she appeared in the action film ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’. The film did well commercially, enabling her to make a successful transition to an acting career from being just a model. In her career so far, she has received several honors such as the ‘Elle Style Award’ ‘Model of the Year’ in 2009 and the Harper Bazaar Women of the Year Award for ‘Model of the Year’ and ‘Businesswoman of the Year’ in 2014 and 2016 respectively. Recently, she was named as one of the world’s highest paid models by ‘Forbes’ magazine.
Childhood & Early Life
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was born in Plymouth, Devon, England on April 18, 1987. Her mother Fiona was a fitness instructor while her father Charles was a chartered surveyor. She is the oldest of three children.
From an early age, she used to go through the pages of magazines such as ‘Vogue’ and developed a keen interest in fashion. She studied at Tavistock College.
At the age of 16, she began her modeling career and started appearing in commercials. She was also featured in ‘Teen Vogue’ which gave her career a much-needed boost.
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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was signed to the American lingerie brand ‘Victoria’s Secret’ in early 2006. She made her debut at the brand’s fashion show held in Los Angeles. For the next two years, however, she remained mostly unknown until she was cast by chief creative director Christopher Bailey, in the autumn/winter campaign for Burberry. As her popularity increased, she was featured on the cover of the ‘British Vogue’ magazine in November 2008 alongside two other models.
She modeled for Godiva and Miss Sixty in 2009. In 2010, she official became one of the ‘Victoria’s Secret Angels’ and modeled for the ‘Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’ held at New York City. She also posed nude for the Pirelli Calendar, photographed by Terry Richardson, the same year.
As she appeared in several other advertisement campaigns, her fame peaked to newer heights and fashion photographer John Rankin Waddell published a book which was entirely devoted to her.
She made a solo appearance on the cover of the magazine ‘British Vogue’ in March 2011 and later appeared on the covers of ‘Elle’ and ‘GQ’ magazines’ UK issues in July. Later in 2013, she was announced as the face of the Australian cosmetics brand Modelco.
She has appeared in advertising campaigns for many brands, such as ‘Dolce & Gabbana’, ‘Leon Max’ ‘Sportsmax’ ‘Marks & Spencer,’ ‘Levi’s,’ ‘Macy’s,’ ‘Tommy Hilfiger,’ ‘Clinique,’ ‘Thomas Wylde,’ and ‘BCBG.’
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley made her acting debut in 2009 in a short film where she played a woman whose boyfriend forgets Valentine’s Day.
She made her feature film debut in 2011, playing one of the important roles in the sci-fi action film ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’. Based on the characters of the popular ‘Transformers’ toy line, the film was the third installment in the ‘Transformers’ film series. Directed by Michael Bay, the film starred actors Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Patrick Dempsey and Kevin Dunn besides Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Made on a budget of less than $200 million, the film was a huge success commercially, earning more than $1 billion worldwide. It is the currently the seventeenth highest earning film of all time, and was the fourth at the time of release. It was nominated for the Oscars in three different categories. Despite the film’s success, Huntington-Whiteley’s acting skills were met with criticism. She was also nominated for the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress.
She next appeared in the 2015 action film ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ which was co-written, directed, and co-produced by George Miller. The film was the fourth installment of the Mad Max franchise, following the films ‘Mad Max’ (1979), ‘Mad Max 2’ (1981) and ‘Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome’ (1985). The film received critical acclaim. The story revolved around the adventures of a police officer in a future dystopian Australia which is experiencing societal collapse and shortage of water and petrol due to wars.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is best known for her role in the movie ‘Mad Max: Fury Road.’ The film was much praised by the critics and many of them called it one of the greatest action films ever made. It was nominated for ten Academy Awards, winning six. The film was commercially successful too, earning nearly $380 million on a budget of $150 million. Huntington-Whiteley was nominated for a ‘Gold Derby Award’ along with the rest of the cast for their performance.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is in a relationship with actor Jason Statham. They confirmed their engagement in 2016. In June 2017, she gave birth to a son named Jack Oscar Statham.