Who is Rosie Alice Huntington-Whiteley?

Who is Rosie Alice Huntington-Whiteley?  The entertainment and movie world knows Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as an English model and actress, best known for modelling for Victoria's Secret and for replacing Megan Fox as the lead female character in the film Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), part of the Transformers film series.[4]

Early life and family

Huntington-Whiteley was born 18 April 1987 at the Freedom Fields Hospital in Plymouth, Devon, England. Her mother, Fiona, is a fitness instructor, and her father, Charles Andrew Huntington-Whiteley, is a chartered surveyor.[5] She has two younger siblings; a brother, Toby, and a sister, Florence. Her paternal great-great-grandfather was politician Sir Herbert Huntington-Whiteley, 1st Baronet; Herbert's son, Eric, was the "black sheep" of the family, and had married Rosie's great-grandmother, Enid Kohn, who was from a family of Polish Jews who immigrated to England in the 1870s.[6] Rosie's paternal grandmother was the daughter of Jacob Franks, a Sussex surgeon.[7]
Huntington-Whiteley grew up in Tavistock, Devon, on a farm.[8] Growing up in Devon, she was bullied and teased at school for having a double-barrelled name, no breasts, and for her full lips (now one of her most famous assets).[9] She got voted Miss Big Mouth because she talked constantly and, after a growth spurt at the age of 13, Girl Most Likely To Become A Supermodel. Bored of her farm life, she was eager to get out and go to London.[3] In 2003, while studying at Tavistock College, she was discovered by Profile Model Management while seeking internships with several London based modelling agencies.[8] Her first gig in front of the camera was at 16, posing for a Levi's commercial. She spent all of her first cheque on a Ford Ka, even though she couldn't drive, thinking it would be the one and only time she would ever get paid for modelling.[3]


Victoria's Secret and modelling (2006–present)

Since 2006, Huntington-Whiteley has modelled for American lingerie and beauty products brand Victoria's Secret. The model made her Victoria's Secret debut at the brand's 2006 show in Los Angeles.[8]
She remained unknown in the fashion industry up until 2008, when she was cast by chief creative director Christopher Bailey, replacing Agyness Deyn for Burberry's fall/winter campaign with actor Sam Riley.[8][10][11] She got her first British Vogue cover, for the November 2008 issue, which saw her pictured alongside Eden Clark and Jourdan Dunn in a feature celebrating British models.[8] Harper's Bazaar's annual "Best Dressed List" placed her 6th on their list for the year 2008.[12] The following year, she was featured as the face of Karen Millen's spring/summer 2009 advertising campaign.[13] Huntington-Whiteley received an Elle Style Award for 2009's "Model of the Year".[14] She starred in a short film for Agent Provocateur playing a woman whose boyfriend forgets Valentine's Day.[8] For fall/winter 2009, she modelled campaigns for Godiva and Miss Sixty.[15] In late 2009, Huntington-Whiteley officially became a Victoria's Secret Angel,[8] modelling for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York city.[16]

In 2010, she was featured in the infamous Pirelli Calendar, photographed by Terry Richardson.[16][17] Huntington-Whiteley hit the runway for designers Prada in Milan and Giles Deacon in Paris.[18][19] For SS10 her advertising campaigns included Monsoon's first underwear line, Thomas Wylde, Full Circle, and VS Online.[15][20] In March, she collaborated with VOGUE.COM to share her outfit choices daily for the Today I'm Wearing feature.[8] She appeared on the covers of the May 2010 issues of Harper's Bazaar Russia and GQ UK.[21] She was featured on the cover of LOVE Magazine's September issue, styled as a pinup girl.[22] For FW10 she modelled for Burberry as well as the company's first Beauty line ad; her other advertising campaigns included Loewe, Thomas Wylde, and Leon Max.[15][23][24] Fashion photographer Rankin devoted a book entirely to her titled, Ten Times Rosie. Rankin thinks Huntington-Whitely puts diversity back into fashion, "We’ve been looking at very, very skinny, almost masculine girls for a long time. [Rosie] really is the model of the moment. She’s the actress of the moment. She’s definitely going to become something much, much bigger."[25][26]
In March 2011, she landed her first solo British Vogue cover.[27] In May, she was voted No. 1 in Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100" list.[28] She was also voted No.1 in FHM's World's Sexiest Woman 2011 poll.[29] She appeared on the covers of the UK's July issues of Elle and GQ.[21][30]

Acting (2011–present)

In May 2010, it was announced that Huntington-Whiteley would replace Megan Fox as the female lead in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released on 28th June 2011.[4] She had previously worked with the film's director, Michael Bay, on a Victoria's Secret commercial.[31] MTV Networks' NextMovie.com named her one of the 'Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011'.[32] Prior to the film's release, she won the "Female Star of Tomorrow" award at the 2011 CinemaCon Awards.[33]

Personal life

Huntington-Whiteley dated Tyrone Wood, the youngest son of musician Ronnie Wood, from August 2007 until October 2009.[34] When the pair separated, she began a relationship with French actor Olivier Martinez, which ended after a few months in early 2010.[8][17] By April 2010, she was dating English actor Jason Statham.[8][35]

She has apartments in New York and London's Maida Vale. As for her musical taste, she listens to The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and Gregory Isaacs.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Carly Spencer[36]


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