Stel­lar ROSIE HUNT­ING­TON WHITE­LEY

Model Q &A “The peo­ple who re­ally know me, know there’s more to me than just my ap­pear­ance”

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Q&A - In­ter­view by AL­LEY PAS­COE The New Clas­sic UGG boot col­lec­tion is avail­able now; au.ugg.com.

When peo­ple Google you, the top searches are Rosie Hunt­ing­tonWhite­ley hair, make-up and diet. Do you ever wish that peo­ple weren’t so in­ter­ested in your ap­pear­ance? It’s what I do. I’m a model. It would be like say­ing to an ath­lete, “Do you ever wish that peo­ple cared more about you rather than your skill or sport?” I am very com­fort­able with what I do. Ul­ti­mately, the peo­ple who re­ally know me, know there’s more to me than just my ap­pear­ance. There’s one say­ing that I al­ways love: “Peo­ple don’t nec­es­sar­ily re­mem­ber what you were wear­ing or what you said, they re­mem­ber how you made them feel.” I hope that when any­one’s spend­ing time with me, I make them feel good. You can’t leave a gym, go to an air­port or wear a satin top with­out mak­ing in­ter­na­tional head­lines. How does that feel to a girl from Devon, Eng­land? It’s still very odd, I’m not go­ing to lie. I feel like I come and I do my job and then I have my pri­vate life; my real life. I have a good bal­ance of that. A lot of young mod­els’ whole lives are doc­u­mented and there’s never an op­por­tu­nity to just close the door on it. I can dip in and dip out of it. It’s re­ally im­por­tant to main­tain that – I can go places and still be real and have that quiet time to my­self away from it all. You can travel to the end of the earth and think you’re in pri­vate, and wake up the next day to pic­tures of you [in the me­dia]. It can be over­whelm­ing at times, but I try to see the pos­i­tive – it’s an ex­cuse to put on a good out­fit and walk out the door. Liv­ing such a pub­lic life, do you have any se­cret tal­ents? Trust me, if I’ve got a tal­ent, peo­ple know about it. I don’t think I have any hid­den tal­ents that I would want to share that were ap­pro­pri­ate… [laughs] You have sin­gle-hand­edly made UGG boots cool again as the brand’s first fe­male global am­bas­sador. Are you proud of that achieve­ment? Thanks, but I don’t know about that – they have al­ways been so cool. I bought my first pair of UGG boots when I was 16 and at that time UGG were re­ally big. They had just hit the scene and all my favourite style icons were wear­ing them. I just had to have some. Since then, I’ve al­ways owned a pair – not the same pair! Is it ac­cept­able to wear UGG boots with denim shorts? Ab­so­lutely! That’s how I wear mine – with a lit­tle pair of vin­tage denim cut-offs on the beach in the win­ter sun. They make your legs look nice and long. UGG speaks to the off-duty part of me, the softer side, the in­ti­mate part of my life. Peo­ple are used to see­ing me pol­ished and done up to the nines; they don’t re­alise I go home and I take all that off and I’m just me. Your life does look very glam­orous from the out­side. What are the

big­gest down­sides to be­ing a model? Be­ing on a plane all the time. I’m al­most con­stantly jet-lagged. Ev­ery cou­ple of weeks, I’m mak­ing an in­ter­na­tional trip out of the States or Eng­land, go­ing off to Asia or Aus­tralia. When you’re con­stantly mov­ing from one place to the next, it’s very hard to be grounded and healthy. I re­cently had six weeks in LA and be­fore I left, I felt so great, my skin was so clear, I didn’t feel tired. I thought: this is what it’s like to not travel. The other down­side is con­nect­ing with your friends and your loved ones. You’re al­ways away from some­body. Peo­ple don’t al­ways un­der­stand why you’re on the go and they find it frus­trat­ing. A lot of your re­la­tion­ships are spent over the phone. Thank god for Facetime. It’s a life­saver. Who are your dachshunds, Dolly and Peggy, named af­ter? Dolly Par­ton and Peggy Sue. They’re my true Amer­i­can girls. Dachshunds are so funny; they have big per­son­al­i­ties. Dolly and Peggy just seemed like they had to have hu­man names. You came in fifth on Forbes’ high­est paid mod­els list this year, beat­ing Cara Delev­ingne and Kate Moss. What does money mean to you? Choice. I think that’s prob­a­bly what it brings you, re­ally. You’re turn­ing 30 next year. How do you ap­proach age­ing? Oh I’m ex­cited, I can’t wait to turn 30. I feel so grown up! One of the things I see with women who are older than me is how con­fi­dent they are within their skin, how they’ve grown and how they have so much ex­pe­ri­ence in life. And I think that be­comes truly beau­ti­ful. As you get older, you learn what works for you and what doesn’t work. You cut the bullsh*t out. You re­ally fo­cus on what makes you happy. You’re more strate­gic with your time. Also, I think as life un­folds, things hap­pen and you grow from them. They’re not al­ways pos­i­tive things, but you grow from them. So I’m look­ing for­ward to hav­ing an older soul. But yeah, who looks for­ward to their boobs sag­ging and bum go­ing flat?! No one! [Laughs] I hope by that point there will be other things that re­ally mat­ter. My mum said to me, “It’s no fun get­ting old, Rosie.” But it’s life and it’s go­ing to hap­pen to ev­ery­body. That’s the thing you have to hold on to. And to be hon­est with you, it’s a real priv­i­lege to grow old, con­sid­er­ing so many peo­ple don’t get to.

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