The Evolution Of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's Glamor

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has transformed in front of the world. She came onto the scene as a teenager and grew up into a major mogul, a parent, and an all-around accomplished person. Chatting with with Elle in 2021 about how she's changed over time, she said, "Since becoming a mother and entering into my thirties, I'm certainly more aware of the things that bring joy in a much more meaningful way."

She hasn't totally changed though. "I'm still someone that loves to go shopping," she said. "I love material things and they bring me joy but it's much more fleeting. I think becoming a mom and having those really intimate, special moments with my son and my family brings me that everlasting fulfillment." 

She's been in a long-term partnership with Jason Statham and together, they welcomed a son in 2017 named Jack Oscar Statham. Their second child, daughter Isabella James Statham, arrived in February 2022. Per People, when fans asked her on Instagram how she was doing with two tots in the house, Huntington-Whiteley replied, "Second time round I feel much more confident and relaxed. Mentally and physically I have felt better too. Truly feeling very grateful for these days with my family." It's obvious what her priorities are and she's finding a lot of joy in this life, but Huntington-Whiteley has also grown into her glamor and beauty, with a remarkable transformation on that front. And best of all, our girl isn't shy to share her tips.

How it all began for Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

For all of her cosmopolitan charm, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a farm girl by origin. She grew up in Plymouth, a port city in Devon, in the southwest of England. As she told David Letterman, "It's the countryside, it's the middle of nowhere." Even so, like any teenager with big dreams, Huntington-Whiteley was restless for life in the big city. "I wanted to get out of Devon so desperately. London for me was where the big lights were," she once said in The Guardian.

At 15, still wearing braces, she nabbed an internship and began life as a working model at 16. "I got a work placement at a modeling agency and then I spent the week making coffee and picking up the telephone and smoking cigarettes and drinking wine at 11 a.m., it was very 'Ab Fab,'" she recalled to Letterman. She joked that she thought her first paycheck for modeling would be her only paycheck.

Naturally, part of that world meant an investment in fashion, but as she told The Guardian, that wasn't totally her lane. But hey, it's not like the girl didn't try. Huntington-Whiteley said that she bought knock-off Ugg boots when they were just becoming popular but in Devon, this was lost on people. "I remember walking into a restaurant wearing them," she told The Guardian, "and literally everybody turned to look at me, and they all laughed." Well, no one's laughing now.

Her big break came through Victoria's Secret

Things moved quickly for Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. She appeared in Teen Vogue in 2004, according to the Daily Mail, and then got picked up by Victoria's Secret in 2006 when she was 19 years old. In 2009, she became an Angel which, understandably, was a big moment for the young model. "I'm very happy and proud to have been flying the flag for Britain at Victoria's Secret for nearly four years now," she told Vogue.

But just because Huntington-Whiteley landed such a covetous gig modeling for Victoria's Secret didn't mean that she could rest on her laurels. The model told Harper's Bazaar in May 2019 that once she started, she has not stopped hustling. "I've worked every day since I was 16 years old," she explained. "I've tried to be professional in every way. I have really dedicated myself to my career. Yes, I am determined. You have to be if you want to continue working. It doesn't just hand itself to you."

This is certainly true in her case. The determination certainly paid off and Huntington-Whiteley went on to act on top of modeling, in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and later in "Mad Max: Fury Road." But her roots in lingerie paid off too. Not only did it place her on a successful path to fame, it also created a fortune for her, but we'll explain that later on.

Why her lips are so significant

As CBS News reported, the demand for lip augmentations has surged significantly since the year 2000, noting that a procedure was performed approximately every 20 minutes in 2015. While fuller lips are a sought-after look, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's pout made her a target for class bullies growing up. "I was teased because I had no breasts and huge lips," she told British GQ in March 2012.

Though she eventually became a superstar model, Huntington-Whiteley's appearance evidently got a lot of attention when she was a kid — and not in a good way.  "I was really teased about the way I looked at school," she recalled to GQ (via Vogue). "I think most models will tell you a similar story. There was a big group of girls that was Devon's answer to the film 'Mean Girls', and they would storm the bathrooms shouting, 'I'm going to f**king deck (hit) you, Lips! See you on the school bus."

After her career took off, rumors and speculation sprung up regarding whether or not she'd gotten lip enhancements. "I've never done anything to them," she told The Sunday Times Style. "I've got my dad to thank for my lips!" In fact, her first name was inspired by her pout. She told InStyle that when she was born, the midwife said of her, "She has lips like rosebuds. They're so red!" And that's how she got Rosie.

Her super simple daytime beauty routine

With her unending success and charisma, it's no wonder that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley gets everyone's attention when she shares her favorite beauty routines. Her lips, as we know, are a key factor to her show-stopping beauty and she told InStyle that she tends to line them in a color close to her natural lip tone. "I might put highlighter in the Cupid's bow to make the area pop," she added.

Huntington-Whiteley explained to Vogue in June 2019 that when it comes to putting her face on for the day, she likes to go with a toned-down eye makeup situation and a statement lip — or vice versa. While demonstrating her makeup routine, she explained, "So in this case, I've done a bold lip and I've just done a subtle wash of color across the eye to keep things balanced." No matter what look she decides to go with, an eyelash curler is a must, and she also makes sure to hydrate her lips first because it helps out with the lipstick application. Huntington-Whiteley said her makeup tricks help her stay feeling comfortable and put together. "I don't have to be too worried about the application and touching it up throughout the day," she shared.

Her views on plastic surgery

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is steering away from plastic surgery. As she told The Sunday Times Style, the idea of getting work done doesn't appeal to her. "It's a personal decision for everyone, but for me I find it terrifying," she explained. "As I age, I would prefer to look natural. The idea of putting something permanent in my face isn't for me."

When it comes to glamor and beauty Huntington-Whiteley believes that everything should be natural and easy. "I often don't have a lot of time in the morning," she told British Vogue in November 2019. "But I need to look polished and glam before I leave the house." But Huntington-Whiteley knows that she has a leg up, seeing as how she's a person who works in the world of fashion. "I get to sit down in the hair and makeup chair with all these incredible artists," she noted, adding that thanks to this, she's managed to absorb so many effective tools for her look.

Even with all of these helpful experiences, it doesn't mean that Huntington-Whiteley is immune to social pressure about aging. "I don't like to try anything extreme," she said in Elle. "I'm cautious, especially in LA where people are like 'Do you want breakfast and Botox?' and I'm like, 'Uh,no. I'll take the breakfast and you can keep the Botox.'" Clearly, it's a different vibe in Tinseltown.

Her approach to fitness and diet

In addition to sharing her various beauty routines, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has opened up about her approach to diet and exercise. The model practices intermittent fasting. "I eat all my food in an eight- to 10-hour window," she told The Sunday Times Style. "It gives my body a chance to digest everything. Of course, if I go out for dinner, I shift it to later. I'm flexible, you've got to live."

Huntington-Whiteley doesn't practice any extreme restriction when it comes to her food. "I believe in eating the whole egg, not just the white! I grew up in a household where nothing was restricted," she told Net-A-Porter. "If I'm trying to get into shape, I cut out refined sugar and gluten and I see very quick results. I'm a big advocate of intermittent fasting... I don't eat less, just in a more condensed time window."

And what about workouts? Huntington-Whiteley told the magazine that her exercise regime includes lifting weights and attending classes at Body By Simone. Her strategy obviously pays off.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley swears by a good spray tan

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's major hack for natural beauty comes in the form of a fake tan. The boost of color also gives her a certain poise when it comes to modeling. And as for her favorite tan in a can? "James Read Sleep Mask Tan is the best facial tanning product I've ever used," she shared with Teen Vogue in March 2014. "I can't stop using it. It gives me extra body confidence for my shoots and on the catwalk." The gradual self tanner retails for $32.50 and works its magic — get this — while you sleep. This has to win for the easiest part of her beauty routine. Not a bad way to greet the day.

Clearly, when Huntington-Whiteley finds a product she likes, she stays loyal. In an interview with The Sunday Times Style, she referred to the tanning expert again. "I find it so transformative. I swear by James Read and I have regular at-home spray tans," she said (via Glamour). Read's a world-renowned spray tan artist whose client list includes other A-listers like Mariah Carey. 

Read himself explained his special trick for the model. "With Rosie, I layer the tan so it fades more evenly and will last longer. It also allows her to wear the tan straight away as it looks very natural immediately," he shared. Lord knows Huntington-Whiteley prefers a natural look and that golden glow pays off. 

Her secret makeup tips

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has her daily look down to a science and it's become a lot lower maintenance than when she was younger. She said that she always starts with a lip balm. "Usually I'm doing my makeup for 10 to 15 minutes, and this really gives my lips time to soak in all of the moisture from the lip balm," she told Vogue France in November 2019. Instead of a full foundation, Huntington-Whiteley opts for a creamy concealer to fix wherever she wants some coverage and blends with a brush. In a video for her YouTube channel, she shared that she uses two different concealer shades in order to achieve her desired makeup look.

In the aforementioned Vogue France video, she added that she never leaves the house without applying eyebrow gel. "I'm not being too precious about them, really," she said of her brows. "I just want them to look natural and groomed." Following this, Huntington-Whiteley gives her face a quick sweep of foundation powder, finishing powder, and bronzer, the latter of which she dusted over her eyes. "This is a great way of doing a lazy girl eyeshadow," she quipped. The final result is a soft, polished face... looking anything but lazy.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's hair is everything

So, how does Rosie Huntington-Whiteley get that incredible hair? For starters, she hits the showers regularly. As she told InStyle, "I wash my hair probably once a day, every other day."

On her YouTube channel, the model offered up her best hair practices. Her first on the list was a hair scrub by Christophe Robin which retails for $19 a jar. Huntington-Whiteley uses it to remove any buildup in her hair. "I like to use this once a week," she said, "or every time after I've had a lot of product put in my hair at work." She then shared that she uses a hair mask twice a week and her favorite is the Gloss Moderne Clean Luxury Hair Mask, which costs $65. Another essential product in her haircare arsenal is the Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Overnight Serum, which goes for $69. Huntington-Whiteley said it saved her hair after she gave birth. "It really helped to rebuild the hair strength and integrity," she explained.

Next, she said that she loves the Rahua Scalp and Hair Treatment, a $42 product that both fortifies hair and acts as a heat protector. Her favorite styling oil is the Wella Light Luminous Reflective Oil. She's a sucker for dry shampoo and her favorite is OUAI Super Dry Shampoo X Byredo, which runs for $26. She said the scent is incredible and it adds volume to the 'do.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's thorough skin care routine

While some celebrities skin care regimes begin and end with a bar of soap, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's routine is a tad more involved. As she shared with Harper's Bazaar in January 2021, her favorite way to wind down at night begins with a long bath. Afterwards, she washes her face with the ZO Skin Health Exfoliating Cleanser, which retails for $47. The model shared that she likes it because this cleanser helps her keep acne at bay. 

Speaking of acne, Huntington-Whiteley told Glamour in 2021 that Biba de Sousa's $95 Glyco-C Thermal Organic Pumpkin Peel is her go-to mask. "This really actually saved me through not being able to see a facialist this year," she said.

In the aforementioned Harper's Bazaar clip, she noted that she swears by eye creams and her favorite is a Shani Darden Skin Care Intensive Eye Renewal Cream that goes for $68. Huntington-Whiteley recommended applying eye cream before other treatments, especially products like retinol, which is another go-to for her. She then shared that she uses the Environ Gold Roll-CIT, a needling roller that boasts "260 ultra-fine surgical grade stainless steel 0.2mm micro-needles" and helps her skin absorb product. At the end of her thorough skin care routine, the model shared that she always spritzes on a little perfume before she hits the hay — a whimsical touch, no doubt. "It's just kind of nice and romantic to go to bed with a little bit of a scent on," she explained. 

Her self-care routine involves 'pottering around'

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley takes her chill time very seriously. "A couple of nights a week, I get my son to bed and have a long bath or shower, do a body treatment, put on a podcast and have some time to myself," Huntington-Whiteley told Net-A-Porter. "Before he was born, I struggled with having alone time; now, it's so special."

Her evening ritual is clearly deeply meaningful to her. Huntington-Whiteley stressed again to Marie Claire how much she loves taking some solitary time in the evening. "Since having a very busy family life myself, I really relish those moments of just being able to be on my own," she explained, saying that she needs one or two hours to recharge. "I might go and lock myself in my bathroom for an hour or two and have a bath and call a friend or read a book, listen to a podcast, just be on my own. I call it pottering around," she shared. The model added that her fiancé, movie star Jason Statham, finds the whole process amusing. 

In addition to pottering, Huntington-Whiteley finds the act of putting on her own makeup to be a great way to veg out. "For me it's relaxing," she said in Vogue. "I like to put music on, I like to lay out all the products that I'm using, I like to source inspiration and copy a look I've seen."

How motherhood has changed her glamor priorities

Unsurprisingly, becoming a parent has changed Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's life in a lot of ways. On an episode of Hailey Bieber's "Who's In My Bathroom?", the mother of two talked about how transformative (and challenging) motherhood can be. "Whether you're a stay-at-home mom, whether you're a working mom, it's a juggle and you take on a lot, just trying to be really kind to yourself and easy on yourself," she said. "And that's just from my own personal experience." Huntington-Whiteley went on to share that it can be hard to weed through all of the unsolicited tips and insecurities that crop up, but a support system is invaluable. "I feel really lucky I can call my mom on my bathroom floor, sobbing," she said. 

While chatting with fellow model Ashley Graham about the physical transformations that come with carrying a child, Huntington-Whiteley opened up about her own feelings about the changes her body went through. She recalled, "I just felt really empowered by my body, but it took a minute." Her glam routine has gone through some changes as well. As she told Vogue, "When you become a parent, you become time-poor. ... Oftentimes, I'll have to decide: it's 9 a.m. and I can do hair or makeup, which one is it going to be today?"

The lingerie model becomes a lingerie designer

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's time at Victoria's Secret paid off in the long run. The model got to launch her own lingerie line through Marks & Spencer, a major British retailer. According to The Guardian, after modeling for the line she became a designer, alongside the head of design, Soozie Jenkinson.

It sounds like Huntington-Whiteley is the perfect person for the gig. "Not only is she beautiful," Jenkinson said, "but there is also something very grounded about her that resonates with our customers." And she certainly has proven capable of that. The model uses her Instagram frequently to showcase new looks for the Rosie line, such as a post about a hot red set with the caption, "Racy red for winter." An exquisite lingerie collection by Huntington-Whiteley with Huntington-Whiteley as a model? Not a bad setup at all. 

So what does she do before a shoot? She told Net-A-Porter that her best strategies start the night before. "I have a spray tan," she explained. "I find it's important to exfoliate my skin each evening, and I use the Rose Inc Skin Resolution Clarifying Toner, which contains salicylic, lactic and glycolic acids, but it's also very gentle and great for acne-prone skin like mine." Huntington-Whiteley also said that she's a huge fan of icing her face to take down inflammation and help with acne.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley lucrative love of glam

In 2021, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley launched a beauty brand called Rose Inc., a company that gives her a chance to showcase her years of experience in the beauty industry. "Having spent nearly 20 years in the hair and makeup chair every day of my working life, it's been a very unique perspective and opportunity to work with the best of the best," she told Forbes. According to Glossy, she joined forces with Amyris Inc. to create Clean Beauty Collective. Huntington-Whiteley owns 40% of this brand while Amyris owns the rest. And by all accounts, she's nailed this gig. "She's a businesswoman," collaborator Nicolas Gerlier told Glossy. "I felt that during my discussions with her. She's sharp and passionate about what she's doing."

A major appeal of the brand is its basis in clean beauty, something that became a significant priority for Huntington-Whiteley when she became a mom. "When my son was born, there really is no other experience like it, but you're so suddenly aware of what you put on their bodies," she said in Forbes. "I didn't want to wear fragrance around him; you just want everything to be pure." 

The model has put her experience and love of glam and makeup to the test and made a fortune in the process. Her net worth is $30 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. That's an impressive amount for following your bliss.