Rosie Huntington-Whitely insists that while she’s one of the hottest women on the planet right now – she wasn’t always beautiful. Apparently she’s just like everyone else, and had a bit of an ugly phase when she was 15.
Rosie claims she wasn’t always this beautiful: â€œI was a bit of an Ugly Betty when I was 15,â€ she says. There she was, a teenager on a farm in Devon, England, dreaming of the glamorous life in London, when she took an internship at a modeling agency, â€œgetting coffee, lighting peopleâ€™s cigarettes.â€ It wasnâ€™t until she visited the agency months later and met a new agent that she booked her first job. Not So Ugly Rosie would turn up at castings â€œin trainers, with braids, a ton of makeup, plucked eyebrows.â€ Sigh. â€œI had braces.â€ The braces, and her baby fat, didnâ€™t stick around. Huntington-Whiteleyâ€™s â€œtransitionâ€ period happened at 18, when she moved to New York and quickly scored a Victoriaâ€™s Secret deal.
The Victoriaâ€™s Secret wings: About those mythical wings, she says, â€œIâ€™d love to wear them for a fancy-dress party sometime. People assume I have wings hanging all over my house, but that,â€ she says reassuringly, â€œis not the case.â€ While the wings donâ€™t exactly scream Steinem, â€œItâ€™s still such a huge thing for a model.â€ She adds, â€œPeople kind of laugh about it and think itâ€™s irrelevant, but I donâ€™t know a girl in the world who would put those wings on and not feel, just for a split second, very special.â€
Sheâ€™s the new face of Burberry: â€œTo be 21, working with Mario Testino and Christopher Bailey, it was a milestone moment,â€ she says. This past fall, her bodacious Burberry Body billboard was splashed all over venues as diverse as Herald Square in New York and the MusÃ©e dâ€™Orsay in Paris (giving new meaning to impressionism). How many trenches does a Burberry campaign earn a girl, anyway? â€œI counted the other day; I have 12.â€ Based in L.A., where she lives with her boyfriend, action star Jason Statham, Huntington-Whiteley is navigating her next transition carefully. â€œItâ€™s interesting coming from modeling, where women rule the industry, into one where there are so few great female parts and the competition is so much higher.â€
Ironic runway walks: Now, though, Huntington-Whiteley has ascended to a level of celebrity where she can model ironically. At parties, sheâ€™s been known to rock a runway walk or two. â€œThereâ€™s always a moment when some great song comes on and everyoneâ€™s like, â€˜Do the runway walk, Rosie!â€™ And youâ€™re like, â€˜No, no, no,â€™ and then you begrudgingly get up and do your thing.â€ But maybe she secretly loves it. â€œYeah, it might be my little party trick. It always gets applause.â€
So who feels sorry for Rosie? She went through an ugly phase at 15 (who didn’t).