Born in Plymouth, Devon to Fiona, a fitness instructor and Charles Andrew, a chartered surveyor, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley grew up on an organic farm.
In school, she was made fun of for having small breasts, full lips and a long last name. "I was a bit of an Ugly Betty when I was 15" (harpersbarzaar.com). "I had braces."
Rosie signed with her first modeling agency when she applied and was hired as a booker. When she showed up the first day, the agency heads fired her as a booker and hired her as a model (complex.com).
Rosie Huntington-Whitley originally wanted to be a designer, and thought a job as a model would help her reach her goal. "I always wanted to go to fashion college. I got diverted. I got swept away to model and I thought: 'Well, it will at least give me some experience within the industry and I'll hopefully get to work with different designers from all over the world" (vogue.co.uk).
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's first modeling job was at age 16 for Levi's. She also modeled lingerie for Victoria's Secret, debuting at the brand's show in 2006. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has modeled for Burberry, Godiva and appeared in Harper's Bazaar, British Vogue, among others. Regarding the Victoria's Secret wings, "People kind of laugh about it and think it's irrelevant, but I don't know a girl in the world who would put those wings on and not feel, just for a split second, very special" (harpersbazaar.com).
And while Rosie Huntington-Whiteley did some acting in short films, it was her role as the new female lead in Michael Bay's "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" (replacing Megan Fox) that put her on the map. Rosie said she'd never seen the Transformer movies before. Unfortunately, the movie was not received well by critics, who panned her performance.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley said about her experience working, "I've had nine years of working before this kind of movie happened to me. I'm really glad I've had struggles in my career. When success finally hits you, it helps put things in perspective. We're so small. You see these kids get success straight away or they grew up with it, and I feel for them 'cause how do they gauge any sense of reality?" She makes an effort to stay grounded. "I come from a farm in the middle of nowhere in England. You have to remember where you come from and who you are" (complex.com).
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley will be seen in the new "Mad Max" film. She lives in New York City.