Just deal with it, people. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is your new Megan Fox. She does endless interviews, she’s not that bright, she tries to play the victim and her face is kind of crazy. I might even think that Megan is a better actor than Rosie, judging solely from the absolutely terrible clip released of the new Transformers movie. But today we’ll just be discussing Rosie and her multiple magazine covers. Last week, Bedhead covered Rosie’s Complex cover story, and today we have her appearances on GQ UK and Elle UK, all for the June and July issues. In Elle, she discussed how she was forced to lose weight in her early days of modeling:
She may be a Victoria’s Secret Angel and named Maxim magazine’s ‘Hottest Woman on Earth’ — not to mention Megan Fox’s replacement in Transformers 3 — but the body that got Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to sex-symbol status didn’t come easy — or without some sacrifices.
“When I started modelling, I was definitely heavier,” she says in ELLE magazine’s June issue. “I was quite voluptuous in fact. I had a real baby face and baby fat. But I was a baby! I was told I had to get into better shape, but I’m quite stubborn so I didn’t. I can’t remember a time where I really battled with my body, but I can remember being asked to lose weight and battling with the advice. It hurt me. Especially as my baby fat naturally melted away as I got older.”
But in true bombshell fashion, the 24-year-old Brit stood strong. “You can bullied as a young model, but there was a point where I found my voice, effectively.”
The starlet will make her debut on the big screen this summer in Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon, where she plays Carly Miller. She replaces one of Hollywood’s well-known hot bodies, Megan Fox, in the action-flick series.
[From Us Weekly]
I think what bothers me about someone like Rosie complaining about the issue of body image and weight loss in the modeling industry is that she (and many other models) always make it sound like fait accompli. Like, OF COURSE they had to lose weight, of course they were told to lose weight, of course they didn’t stand up and fight for healthier body image representations and of course when they were told to lose weight, they did so with ease (or so they claim). The story is never, “I was told to lose weight and I told them to go screw themselves. But a month later, I started doing blow and then I lost weight. Yay.” I guess… I just don’t find Rosie’s body image struggle particularly sympathetic. Anyway, here are some excerpts from Rosie’s GQ UK interview:
Rosie on being teased: ‘I was teased about the way I looked at school. I got teased because of my lips. I used to get called T**t lips – because I had big lips but no breasts. And then I was called Kipper Lips. There was a big group of girls that was Devon’s answer to Mean Girls, and they would storm the bathrooms shouting, ‘I’m going to f****ing deck you, Lips! See you on the school bus’. And boys didn’t really go out with me.’
But really she did have friends: ‘We’d hang around in soggy jeans drinking cider. I did long for the city. But I was a very outdoorsy kid. Until I was 15, riding was my thing – I was horse-obsessed.’
She interned at a modeling agency and she was “discovered” at 17: ‘I was shocked. I used to see all these supermodels walking into the agency – tall, elegant glamazons. I was just a big lump from Devon. But within a year I was travelling to America, being booked for French Connection, Tommy Hillfiger, Abercrombie & Fitch. I started to make serious money. Suddenly school didn’t seem quite so important.’
Her new acting career: ‘Would I like even a sniff of Angelina Jolie’s career? Yes. Do I think I have a future in this business? I certainly hope so. And I’m going to work damn hard to make sure I do. I’m not standing here and saying I’m an amazing actress or that I’ve had a heap of thespie training. But you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t.’
[From The Mail]
She’s not really at the Megan Fox-level of dumb interviews. If this was Megan, she would have told a story about how she was a fake lesbian and thrown in some insults for Michael Bay. In comparison to Fox, Rosie just seems kind of bland. I don’t even find these photo shoots particularly interesting or provocative in any way, good or bad. I just don’t think Rosie is interesting enough to be anything beyond a model. And even then… I don’t know. I used to kind of like her look, but she’s plucking my last nerve lately.
Oh, and about the Angelina Jolie career goal… well, Rosie should maybe aim lower? Let’s aim for Megan Fox, hon.
Elle & GQ photos courtesy of The Fashion Spot and The Mail.