By Eromosele Patrick Eidusi
The model opens up about life at 30.
Model and Businesswoman Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar’s March 2018 issue.
Rosie wears a Saint Laurent dress, Manolo Blahnik heels, Boucheron earrings and Dior Joaillerie rings on the newsstand cover, Photographed by Agata Pospieszynska.
Since making her name in the fashion industry over a decade ago, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has built a hugely successful career as model and businesswoman. As she settles into her new role as a mother, she talks to Elizabeth Day about her son, self-confidence and staying true to her British roots.
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STAYING TRUE TO HER BRITISH ROOT
Although she has been living in LA for six years, she remains resolutely, cheeringly British at heart. She hosts a regular Sunday roast for expat friends at her home in the Hollywood Hills and knows where to go to pick up the required luxuries, including Walkers crisps, KitKats and Marmite. Even her finance, the actor Jason Statham, is a British export – the Cockney-geezer star of films such as Lock, stock and two smoking Barrels and Spy.
As a quintessential English Country girl, used to tramping around muddy fields in a pair of crusty old wellies, there are some things Rosie will never get used to in LA. The first time someone took her on ‘a hike’ in the Hollywood Hills she was ‘massively disappointed’.
‘It’s a walk up a slightly inclined dirt track with a bunch of topless men on their hands-free phones and women with full faces of makeup and small dogs! A real hike to me is, like an expedition for two days with boots and a tent and it’s raining and you’re battling the elements. So, yeah, the hiking scene in LA… I sort of scratch my head. I’m like, “Is this it?’’’
Suffice it to say, Rosie is not a matcha-latte kind of girl.
‘It sounds so clichéd, but it’s just been the most magical experience, ‘she says of motherhood. ‘Everything feels so special and sweet and wholesome and loving and then at the same time it’s been…’ – she grapples for a word that might convey the scale of it all – ‘….life-changing, and my focus is now this person; this is what I want to do. This is what I want to pour my heart into now.’ She catches herself sounding too serious. ‘Hashtag blessed, right?’
Her partner is ‘the best dad. I can’t even put it into words….. It’s really a beautiful thing to watch’. She shows ridiculously sweet pictures of Statham and the baby on her phone, the two of them posing with exactly the same hard-man pouting expression.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT EXPERIENCE ON EARLY DAYS:
I’ve had experiences that, looking back, were, you know, not OK. I think there was an expectation that you would turn up to photographers’ houses and that it was OK. Suddenly you’re in a situation where you’re one-on-one in somebody‘s house and they’re taking photographs and you’re like, “I don’t feel comfortable with this.
She says as a young model, you were expected to turn up, shut up and do whatever was asked without complaint. “I would end up in situations being photographed in a way that maybe didn’t make you feel empowered.’ She never felt protected by her agencies, other than Profile, and was left ‘to deal with everything myself.’
Credit: Harper’s BAZAAR.
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