by Danica Lo
Evan Falk/WWD It's been 10 years since Rosie Huntington-Whiteley first found her way onto the magazine pages of our international fashion consciousness--and, recently, The Observer sat down with the supermodel in London to talk about her best-selling bra range as well as her career. Here are some of our favorite fun quotes and facts about Huntington-Whiteley on the occasion of her decade-anniversary in the industry.
Her first stab at being fashionable? Buying a pair of fake Uggs on eBay. "I was never particularly fashionable," she told the Observer. "I remember walking into a restaurant wearing them, and literally everybody turned to look at me, and they all laughed."
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She's not just a pretty face, she's also a lingerie designer. The Rosie for Autograph lingerie collection at British mainstay Marks & Spencer is the best-selling lingerie line in the company's history, with more than 600,000 pieces sold so far this year.
Even supermodels have a fear of failure! On her role in Transformers: "There was...not a lot of support for me during that time. All of a sudden I'm on the biggest movie of all time. I'm on set as a lead role but with no idea what I'm doing. I took the opportunity, because how was I supposed to say no? People want to see you fall. Your fans want to see you fall. Everyone wants to see you fall."
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On how the modeling industry has changed in the past decade. "There's been a real shift. It's been a funny 10 years to be in the industry. I started in 2003, when castings were sent to me by fax. Now everything is put out on social media as soon as it's shot. There's more engagement. Everybody wants to know the models. You're more real now than ever. You're no longer this one-dimensional image. Perhaps the paparazzi is part of that. It's more expected now for supermodels to be smart, to have opinions, to have a personality."
But, at the end of the day, Rosie tries to keep it real. "It's not like I'm a nurse or I'm helping people with their finances. I think it's important to be aware of that. I have seen people who think they're doing something really noble for the world, and it's like: You're making a movie. You're doing what makes you happy, but get real right now. Certain people take themselves very, very seriously, and it's just unnecessary."
What do you think of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's thoughts on modeling and celebrity? She seems pretty grounded, right? Let us know in the comments!
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by Danica Lo