Early life and family
Huntington-Whiteley was born at the Freedom Fields Hospital in Plymouth, Devon, England. Her mother, Fiona (née Jackson), is a fitness instructor, and her father, Charles Andrew Huntington-Whiteley, is a chartered surveyor.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. Rosie’s paternal grandmother was the daughter of Jacob Franks, a Sussex surgeon.
Huntington-Whiteley grew up in Tavistock, Devon, on a farm. 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). 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. In 2003, while studying at Tavistock College, she was discovered by Profile Model Management while seeking internships with several London based modelling agencies. 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.
Victoria’s Secret and modelling (2006–present)
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. 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. Harper’s Bazaar‘s annual “Best Dressed List” placed her 6th on their list for the year 2008. The following year, she was featured as the face of Karen Millen‘s spring/summer 2009 advertising campaign. Huntington-Whiteley received an Elle Style Award for 2009’s “Model of the Year”. She starred in a short film for Agent Provocateur playing a woman whose boyfriend forgets Valentine’s Day. For fall/winter 2009, she modelled campaigns for Godiva and Miss Sixty. In late 2009, Huntington-Whiteley officially became a Victoria’s Secret Angel, modelling for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York city.
In 2010, she posed nude for the infamous Pirelli Calendar, which was photographed by Terry Richardson. Huntington-Whiteley hit the runway for designers Prada in Milan and Giles Deacon in Paris. For SS10 her advertising campaigns included Monsoon’s first underwear line, Thomas Wylde, Full Circle, and VS Online. In March, she collaborated with VOGUE.COM to share her outfit choices daily for the Today I’m Wearing feature. She appeared on the covers of the May 2010 issues of Harper’s Bazaar Russia and GQ UK. She was featured on the cover of LOVE Magazine’s September issue, styled as a pinup girl. 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. 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.”
In March 2011, she landed her first solo British Vogue cover. In May, she was voted No. 1 in Maxim Magazine’s “Hot 100” list. She was also voted No.1 in FHM’s World’s Sexiest Woman 2011 poll. She appeared on the covers of the UK’s July issues of Elle and GQ.
As of July 2011, she ranks No. 15 on “The Money Girls” list and No. 3 on the “Top 20 Sexiest Models” list at MODELS.COM.
In May 2010, it was announced that Huntington-Whiteley would become the new female lead in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released June 29 2011, after Megan Fox pulled out just before filming began.She had previously worked with the film’s director, Michael Bay, on a Victoria’s Secret commercial. MTV Networks‘ NextMovie.com named her one of the ‘Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011’. Prior to the film’s release, she won the “Female Star of Tomorrow” award at the 2011 CinemaCon Awards.
Huntington-Whiteley dated Tyrone Wood, the youngest son of musician Ronnie Wood, from August 2007 until October 2009.When the pair separated, she began a brief relationship with French actor Olivier Martinez that ended in early 2010. Since April 2010, she has been in a relationship with English actor Jason Statham.