Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a British born supermodel, fashion designer, actress, and businesswoman. Rosie grew up on a farm and was your everyday farm girl until an agent signed her to a modeling agency. Now she is one of the highest-earning models in the world and presently engaged to a popular actor and is the mother of an adorable son.
Her relationship with Jason Statham is one of several drivers of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s fame. It is also one of many things worth learning about the supermodel, who spent the early years of her life getting bullied and working telephones in a modeling agency.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Became a Model at Age 16
Although Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, born on April 18, 1987, was born to a historically noble family, nothing about her upbringing was particularly special. Her paternal great-grandfather was Wing-Commander Eric Huntington-Whiteley JP, younger son of the British politician, Sir Herbert Huntington-Whiteley.
Her father, Charles, was a chartered surveyor, and her mother, Fiona, was a fitness instructor. They raised her and her two siblings on a farm near Tavistock, Devon. Regardless of her familial background and public status today, Rosie was not immune to the struggles of a teenager.
She was the recipient of bullying and ridicule from fellow students at Tavistock College. In her case, it was because of her double-barreled name and looks, i.e., small breasts and full lips. To cope, Rosie turned to cigarettes, and it remained a habit for 12+ years until 2012.
Her source of teenage frustration and pain later became the calling card to fame at the age of 16 when she signed with the modeling agency, Profile. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s relationship with the agency began a year before when she joined the company as an intern, shortly before writing her GCSEs.
She had her first modeling session for Levi’s for jeans commercial. Within a year, her career took off, taking her from London to the US fashion capital in New York City.
She Walked the Runway for The First Time Alongside Naomi Campbell
As far as modeling icons go, it rarely gets bigger than Naomi Campbell. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley recorded the feat of a lifetime when she made her runway debut in 2004 alongside the modeling legend in New York City. Before that, she had been in a photoshoot for Teen Vogue and, afterward, was photographed by renowned photographer Bruce Weber for Abercrombie & Fitch.
The opportunities did not stop coming for Rosie, who was already drawing comparisons with another British modeling star, Kate Moss. In 2006, she recorded another major milestone after signing with Victoria’s Secret to become a model for the brand.
She debuted as Victoria’s Secret model at the brand’s Los Angeles fashion show. As the years went by and Rosie grew in age, so did her portfolio. A photoshoot by Christopher Bailey for Burberry’s autumn/winter campaign expanded Rosie’s public presence beyond the fashion industry as she posed alongside the English actor, Sam Riley.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Made Her Acting Debut in 2011
After seven years of dazzling the world with her looks and style, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley made the inevitable pivot to acting. In May 2010, producers of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, announced she would be replacing Megan Fox in the blockbuster franchise. However, while the film was a commercial success, Rosie’s performance did not receive the overwhelmingly positive reception her modeling debut did.
She made her second and only acting appearance four years after, in the action sci-fi adventure, Mad Max: Fury Road. There, she played The Splendid Angharad, one of the five wives of the warlord, Immortan Joe. Despite her ultra-limited acting career, she has received five award nominations.
She received her first in 2011, from CinemaCon Awards for Female Star of Tomorrow and Teen Choice Awards for Choice Summer Movie Star. Along with the rest of the cast, she received a nomination for Best Ensemble Cast for Mad Max: Fury Road. Her last two awards are Razzie Awards for Worst Supporting Actress and Worst Screen Couple, shared with Shia LaBeouf.
But the failure of her acting stint was never going to keep Rosie Huntington-Whiteley from rising to the top of her primary profession in fashion and modeling.
She Owns a Beauty Website and Multiple Fashion Lines
Years of working with various brands, products, and ideas formed a wealth of knowledge and experience for Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Having spent more than one and a half-decades promoting fashion lines and skincare products, the English model began working with various brands to launch her collections.
In 2017, she designed and launched a 17-piece capsule collection, Rosie HW x PIAGE, with PAIGE. In the same year, she also launched a lingerie, clothing, and beauty line with Marks & Spencer. Her relationship with the brand began in 2013, after starring alongside David Gandy and Helena Bonham Carter in a Christmas ad.
A year after, in May 2018, she launched the beauty website, Rose Inc., a ‘destination for all things beauty.’ On the website, where Rosie also serves as editor-in-chief, she offers beauty products, interviews, makeup, and fashion tutorials.
Since its launch, the website has become a prominent staple of the fashion industry. It has hosted multiple interviews with several models, rising and established. Rosie Inc. also offers insight into skin, fashion, and makeup routines with a video series, In My Bathroom. It also has sales partnerships with brands like Hourglass Cosmetics, Sunnies Face, and others.
Once Bullied for Her Looks, Rosie has Modeled for Over 45 Brands
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a supermodel. It is a title she achieved after maintaining her place at the highest level of modeling since she became the face of Burberry in 2008. Since then, she has recorded several achievements and accolades.
Her achievements, beyond owning a thriving beauty website with millions of visitors, includes modeling for more than 45 brands. Of the 45, she has walked the runway all over the world for at least twenty of them, including brands like Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Vivienne Tam.
She has featured in advertising campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana, Sportmax, Levi’s, Marks & Spencer, Victoria’s Secret, Balmain, and several others.
Speaking of accolades, she has been named Model of the Year twice in 2009 and 2015 by Elle Style Awards. She has received other awards like Editor’s Special Award from Glamour Awards, Top Style Icon from Elle Style Awards, and Businesswoman of the Year by Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards. She also has a Model of the Year Award from the fashion and women’s magazine.
Other recognitions in Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s cabinet include #3 on Top 20 Sexiest Models on Models.com, #22 on FHM’s World’s Sexiest Woman in 2015. She has also ranked consistently among the highest-paid models in the world since 2016.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Met Jason Statham on the Set of Transformers
Rosie and Jason Statham have been together for so long that it is hard to remember when the two of them were not together. That time was before Transformers: Dark of the Moon. They met while filming the blockbuster in 2010, moved in together after six months, and have been a couple since.
Despite being two of the most high-profile personalities in their respective profession, the two of them hardly made the press. Other than tabloid photos from vacations and the red carpet, insight into their relationship was elusive. However, in 2012, the world got an inkling into the couple’s situation when Rosie suggested in an interview that she wants more.
Rosie and Statham Got Engaged in January 2016
With the world patiently waiting to see where the chips will fall after the interview, it got its answer four years later in January 2016. Statham proposed to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The couple debuted as fiancé and fiancée at the 2016 Golden Globe Awards.
However, while fans and well-wishers expected wedding bells to follow soon, the couple has taken its time. Rosie and Jason claim to be in no rush to get married. The couple insists their careers are keeping them busy and are happy with their lives together as is. But while they are yet to level up as husband and wife, their decade long relationship has taken a major step forward.
They Welcomed Their First Child in June 2017
More good news came come out of the Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – Jason Statham relationship in 2017. Rosie announced early in the year that she was pregnant with their first child together. A few months after the announcement, Statham and Rosie welcomed a baby boy, Jack Oscar Statham, on June 24, 2017.
In an interview in October 2018, Rosie says while they talk about it, they are still not in a hurry. She also suggested they might wait for their son to grow up a bit so he can be involved in the wedding. One thing does, however, seem sure, the couple is happy together.
Rosie and Statham Have a Combined Net Worth of $120 Million
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is reportedly worth $30 million, earned primarily from her modeling career. Part of it also comes from an entrepreneurial career that has seen her launch several collections and a beauty website.
In 2017, she reportedly pulled in a conservative $9.5 million. In 2018, her total earnings for the year rose to $11 million. Her earnings in both years placed among the highest-paid models in the world.
Jason Statham, on the other hand, is reportedly worth about $90 million. He made most, if not all, of his money from his earnings as an in-demand action actor. Jason has starred in a lot of successful action-packed movies. They include The Transporter, The Mechanic, Crank, The Expendables, Fast and Furious 6, and several others.
The couple has a couple of properties all over the world. They own a $10 million home in Malibu, California, and a $2.4 million home in Hollywood Hills. Other assets include an $860,000 duplex apartment in Greenwich Village, New York. They also own a villa in Devon, England.