Rosie Alice Huntington-Whiteley (born 18 April 1987) is an English model, actress, designer, and businesswoman. She is best known for her work for lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret, formerly being one of their brand “Angels”, for being the face of Burberry’s 2011 brand fragrance “Burberry Body”, for her work with Marks & Spencer, and, most recently, for her artistic collaboration with denim-focused fashion brand Paige.
Moving into acting, she became known for her supporting roles as Carly Spencer in the 2011 film Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third installment in the Transformers film series, and as The Splendid Angharad in the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road.
In March 2011, Huntington-Whiteley landed her first solo British Vogue cover and appeared on the covers of the UK’s July issues of Elle and GQ. She was unveiled as the face of Burberry’s newest fragrance, Burberry Body, in July 2011. In 2013, Huntington-Whiteley starred alongside Helena Bonham Carter and David Gandy in the Marks & Spencer Christmas advert. She was also announced as the face of Australian cosmetics brand ModelCo. In 2014, PAIGE announced Huntington-Whiteley as their ambassador for their upcoming Spring 2015 ad campaign. In February 2017, PAIGE launched their first ever design collaboration with Huntington-Whiteley on a 17 piece capsule collection for Spring called Rosie HW x PAIGE. This was followed by a Fall collection consisting of 20 pieces.
She has walked the runways for Givenchy, Burberry, Oscar De La Renta, Valentino, Michael Kors, Roberto Cavalli, Balmain, Louis Vuitton, DSquared2, Badgley Mischka, Blumarine, Marchesa, Vivienne Tam, Versace, Vera Wang, Betsey Johnson, Alberta Ferretti, Prada, Giles Deacon, and Moschino.
She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Nirav Modi, Ralph Lauren, DKNY, Escada, Versace, Leon Max, Prabal Gurung, Balmain, Karen Millen, Loewe, Bvlgari, Tommy Hilfiger, BCBG, Thomas Wylde, Clinique, Sportmax, Topshop, Marks & Spencer, Victoria’s Secret, French Connection, Levi’s, Macy’s, and Bloomingdale’s.
In May 2010, it was announced that Huntington-Whiteley would become the new female lead in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released 29 June 2011, replacing Megan Fox. 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.
Reviewers were critical of the acting of Huntington-Whiteley and co-star Shia LaBeouf. Peter Travers (of Wenner Media) stated the two “couldn’t be duller”. Jason Solomons of The Observer wrote that “we’re first introduced to Rosie via a close-up of her bum, segueing straight from the film’s opening sequence and titles on to the pert buttocks and underwear of our heroine”, and that Huntington-Whiteley’s English posh girl accent “renders her practically unintelligible when surrounded by American accents and falling masonry”. Much of the criticism towards Rosie Huntington-Whiteley compared her in an unfavorable light to Megan Fox. Lou Lumenick said that her “‘acting’ makes…Megan Fox look like Meryl Streep in comparison”. Baz Bamigboye gave his review of the film the title “Come back Megan Fox, all is forgiven…”. In a positive review, Drew McWeeny of HitFix said, “She reminds me of Cameron Diaz in The Mask, an actress who doesn’t really show off any range, but who gives a natural, winning performance and who is up to the challenge of this particular picture.”
Huntington-Whiteley had her second acting role in the film Mad Max: Fury Road, which was released in May 2015. She played The Splendid Angharad, one of the Five Wives of the warlord Immortan Joe. In order to portray her pregnant character, she wore a prosthetic stomach throughout the film.