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: Ã¢â¬ÅI was a bit of an Ugly Betty when I was 15,Ã¢â¬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, Ã¢â¬Ågetting coffee, lighting peopleÃ¢â¬â¢s cigarettes.Ã¢â¬Â It wasnÃ¢â¬â¢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 Ã¢â¬Åin trainers, with braids, a ton of makeup, plucked eyebrows.Ã¢â¬Â Sigh. Ã¢â¬ÅI had braces.Ã¢â¬Â The braces, and her baby fat, didnÃ¢â¬â¢t stick around. Huntington-WhiteleyÃ¢â¬â¢s Ã¢â¬ÅtransitionÃ¢â¬Â period happened at 18, when she moved to New York and quickly scored a VictoriaÃ¢â¬â¢s Secret deal.
The VictoriaÃ¢â¬â¢s Secret wings: About those mythical wings, she says, Ã¢â¬ÅIÃ¢â¬â¢d love to wear them for a fancy-dress party sometime. People assume I have wings hanging all over my house, but that,Ã¢â¬Â she says reassuringly, Ã¢â¬Åis not the case.Ã¢â¬Â While the wings donÃ¢â¬â¢t exactly scream Steinem, Ã¢â¬ÅItÃ¢â¬â¢s still such a huge thing for a model.Ã¢â¬Â She adds, Ã¢â¬ÅPeople kind of laugh about it and think itÃ¢â¬â¢s irrelevant, but I donÃ¢â¬â¢t know a girl in the world who would put those wings on and not feel, just for a split second, very special.Ã¢â¬Â
SheÃ¢â¬â¢s the new face of Burberry: Ã¢â¬ÅTo be 21, working with Mario Testino and Christopher Bailey, it was a milestone moment,Ã¢â¬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 MusÃÂ©e dÃ¢â¬â¢Orsay in Paris (giving new meaning to impressionism). How many trenches does a Burberry campaign earn a girl, anyway? Ã¢â¬ÅI counted the other day; I have 12.Ã¢â¬Â Based in L.A., where she lives with her boyfriend, action star Jason Statham, Huntington-Whiteley is navigating her next transition carefully. Ã¢â¬ÅItÃ¢â¬â¢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.Ã¢â¬Â
Ironic runway walks: Now, though, Huntington-Whiteley has ascended to a level of celebrity where she can model ironically. At parties, sheÃ¢â¬â¢s been known to rock a runway walk or two. Ã¢â¬ÅThereÃ¢â¬â¢s always a moment when some great song comes on and everyoneÃ¢â¬â¢s like, Ã¢â¬ËDo the runway walk, Rosie!Ã¢â¬â¢ And youÃ¢â¬â¢re like, Ã¢â¬ËNo, no, no,Ã¢â¬â¢ and then you begrudgingly get up and do your thing.Ã¢â¬Â But maybe she secretly loves it. Ã¢â¬ÅYeah, it might be my little party trick. It always gets applause.Ã¢â¬Â
So who feels sorry for Rosie? She went through an ugly phase at 15 (who didn’t).