In an exclusive interview with Body+Soul, model and beauty mogul Rosie Huntington-Whiteley reveals why she’s never been one to sit back and wait for work.
You’re engaged to British actor Jason Statham and share a son, Jack. How do you balance being a businesswoman with your personal life?
You know, it’s not easy. I feel like I’m still a new mum – [even though] my son is three. We’re all busy, whether we’re working part-time, full-time, working from home, or we’re a stay-at-home mum… life is a juggle, whatever you have going on.
Before I had Jack, my life was very last minute – everything ran super fast-paced. I’d get a phone call and be on a plane 12 hours later. That just doesn’t happen anymore. I have clear communications between myself and Jason.
It takes a lot of support around you to raise a child. I have certain parameters that I won’t go beyond: I put Jack down every single night; I’m there every single morning; my phone goes away when we spend time with each other.
You’ve become a beauty mogul with your industry insider website Rose Inc and your work for US cruelty-free cosmetics company Hourglass. How did you go about building your business?
From really early on in my career, I felt that modelling was going to be short-lived. I’d been working since I was 16 – I’m now 33, so it’s been more than half of my life.
Despite there being a lot of successes, there were periods when I didn’t work – it was tough, there were downs, there were lulls in work. And in those periods, I became much more aware of what I really wanted to do, and where I really felt that my strengths lie. Any time life throws a curve ball, you have to overcome it.
What were those curve balls?
I’ve never been comfortable with the idea of sitting around waiting for the phone to ring. When you work in the entertainment business on the talent side of things, you’re waiting for someone else to make the decision of whether they want you.
I’m very ambitious, I love to work, I’m very creative. Rose Inc started as a project for me – I’d see the response I’d get when I’d share anything beauty-related or fashion-related across my social media, and I thought, why can’t I build something more concrete off this? The idea was being able to share and build a community around beauty.
You modelled for brands from Victoria’s Secret to Givenchy. How does it feel to reflect on your catwalk career?
I look back to my 20s and feel very fortunate – but ready to move on to the next chapter. After [becoming a mother] and certainly as you get into your 30s, your interests start to broaden, opportunities shift and your mind starts to open up to different paths you want to go down. [Now my focus is] carving out my own work.
You’re the first brand ambassador of Hourglass. What products are in your make-up bag?
I use the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit mini sculpture palette – it just [creates a look that’s] so flawless. It has four shades: a bronzer, an ambient lighting powder, a blush and a highlighter. The powders are formulated with photoluminescent technology, so they make you look like you have soft, lit-from-within skin.