Ruby Rose

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Ruby Rose
Ruby Rose, 2012.jpg
Rose at the Katy Perry: Part of Me Australian Premiere in June 2012
Born (1986-03-20) 20 March 1986 (age 29)
Melbourne, Australia[1]
Nationality Australian
Occupation Television Presenter
Known for The 7PM Project
MTV Australia

Ruby Rose Langenheim (born 20 March 1986), better known as Ruby Rose, is an Australian model, DJ, actress, television presenter, MTV VJ and recording artist. She is the face of Maybelline NY in Australia.

Early life[edit]

Rose was born to Katia Langenheim,[2] a 20-year-old single mother and artist, whom she now describes as one of her role-models.[3] As a young child, she travelled frequently, living in rural Victoria, Tasmania and Surfers Paradise before finally settling in Melbourne.[4] As a teenager, she attended University High School and Footscray City College.[5] Ruby is the god-daughter of Lionel Rose and the great-granddaughter of Alec Campbell, the last surviving Australian Battle of Gallipoli soldier.[6]


Rose first gained fame by joining the Girlfriend model search in 2002, which she came in second to Catherine McNeil,[6] to whom she was later engaged to be married. They have since broken up.

Television and film[edit]

In order to land her gig as an MTV VJ in Australia, she competed against 2000 other hopefuls in a three-week national search, as former VJ Lyndsey Rodrigues moved to the United States to co-host TRL.[6] As part of the competition, she downed 100 shots of beer in 100 minutes against Jackass' Bam Margera, and kissed strangers on a busy Sydney street.[6][6] However, she enjoy her job as VJ compared to her previous job as a model. "Being a model there is always something they want to change. Whether they want someone a little bit skinnier, a little bit taller, a little bit prettier, but MTV want you to be yourself ... not censoring anything and not conforming to anything".[6]

Ruby Rose in 2012

In 2009, Rose won the ASTRA Award for Favourite Female Personality.[7] She also travelled to Kenya to "highlight ... [the] amazing work" done by Global Vision International.[4] She appeared on the first episode of Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation, representing Generation Y alongside comedian Josh Thomas.[8]

She appeared in the episode "Media Virgins", of Australia's Next Top Model, acting as a guest judge.[9] She also worked as a correspondent for the finale of Australia's Next Top Model.[10]

From July 2009, Rose along with Dave Hughes, Charlie Pickering, Carrie Bickmore and James Mathison hosted The 7pm Project, an Australian television news talk show produced by Roving Enterprises which airs weeknights on Network Ten.[11] She left the program to pursue her own hosting projects.

In October 2009 it was announced that FOX8 had picked up the rights to UK format Ultimate School Musical,[12] which features ordinary teenagers from a school attempting to put on a music production to a professional standard in just six weeks. The Australian version was produced by FremantleMedia Australia with Rose as host,[13] and aired in 2010.

Rose also hosted the Foxtel Mardi Gras for 3 consecutive years before becoming an official correspondent for Foxtel for the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010.

She was selected in 2008 to act in upcoming Australian comedy film, Suite for Fleur.[14][15]

Rose starred alongside Christina Ricci and Jack Thompson in the 2013 film Around the Block.

In 2015, it's confirmed Rose will join the Orange Is the New Black cast in Season 3. Rose will play new inmate Stella Carlin "whose sarcastic sense of humor and captivating looks quickly draw the attention of some of Litchfield's inmates."[citation needed] She will also play in a guest role in an upcoming science fiction series on Syfy called Dark Matter as Wendy.[16]

Fashion and modelling[edit]

In 2010, Rose collaborated with the Australian fashion label Milk and Honey to design a capsule fashion line, which embodies her unique style and personality. The collection named Milk and Honey Designed by Ruby Rose[17] includes washed jeans, leather jackets and T-shirts with unique designs. The newly created clothing line is available in selected retailers in Australia. In addition to designing for Milk & Honey, Rose also released a collaboration collection with street footwear brand Gallaz.

In 2014 Rose began collaborating with her fiancée Phoebe Dahl, designing ethical street-wear for their clothing range Faircloth Lane.

Rose has featured predominantly within mainstream fashion titles, including Vogue Australia, InStyle Magazine, Marie-Claire Magazine, Cleo, Cosmopolitan, Maxim, Nylon and New York’s Inked Magazine. She's been the Australian ambassador for JVC, Australian jeans company JAG and luxury Danish label Georg Jensen. Rose is the face of Maybelline New York in Australia.


In November 2012, Rose released her first single "Guilty Pleasure" with Gary Go.[18]

Rose won a charity boxing match[19]

Rose is a generous supporter of many charities. Issues close to her heart include animal welfare, campaigns for anti-bullying and youth mental health, where she works as an ambassador for Headspace. She has also travelled to Laos and Africa to volunteer each year.

Personal life[edit]

Rose came out as gay when she was 12.[20][21] As a teenager, she suffered from verbal taunts and physical abuse from her schoolmates due to her sexuality,[22] even requiring hospitalisation once when she was 16.[23] In 2008 and 2009, she was chosen as one of the "25 Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Australians" by Same Same, an Australian online gay and lesbian community.[24][25]

Ruby Rose at Australian Fashion Week, 2012.

In 2008, she was rumoured to be in a relationship with Jessica Origliasso from The Veronicas as the two had been seen behaving intimately.[26] However, Rose denied this in a live blog, stating that the two are "really good mates".[20] She has also been in a relationship with ANTM contestant Lola Van Vorst and was also briefly engaged to model Lyndsey Anne McMillan. They had planned to marry but ended their relationship in late 2009.[27][28]

In late 2009, after breaking up with Lyndsey Anne, she was seen kissing Catherine McNeil, an Australian supermodel, during a pool party in Los Angeles.[29][30] In 2010 she is reported to have become engaged to Catherine McNeil. However the couple called off the engagement on 2 July 2010.[31]

Rose is also known for being extensively tattooed, which she showed off in a photo spread for Maxim Australia and PETA, as part of the campaign "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur".[32][33]

The family of Rose's godfather, the Australian boxing legend Lionel Rose, has questioned Rose's decision to take his name, saying they hardly know her and they question whether Ruby used it to further her career.[34]

On 31 March 2013, Rose reported she was cancelling some DJ tour dates due to start in April so she could concentrate on overcoming her current battle with depression.

On 18 March 2014, Rose reported that she was engaged to Phoebe Dahl, granddaughter of author Roald Dahl and cousin of model Sophie Dahl.[35]

On 22 July 2014, Rose came out as genderfluid, saying, "I am very gender fluid and feel more like I wake up every day sort of gender neutral.".[36] This announcement came approximately a week after she released a short film called "Break Free," in which she visually transitions from a very feminine woman to a heavily tattooed man. Rose also stated that she prefers to continue using she/her pronouns.[37]


  1. ^ "Ruby Rose - Relationships - Wear It With Pride". Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Wilson, Kim (24 May 2009). "MTV star Ruby Rose's dark past". The Herald Sun. Retrieved 30 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Christian Taylor (2008). "Ruby Rose". Retrieved 28 December 2008. 
  4. ^ a b Lady Lex (21 January 2009). "Ruby Rose: A rose by any other name...". inthemix. Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "Ruby Rose Bashed, Hospitalised After Bullying". 27 April 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f AAP (23 November 2007). "Ruby Rose scores shot at as VJ". Herald Sun (News Limited). Retrieved 25 November 2008. 
  7. ^ "Ruby Rose wins top ASTRA awards for role as MTV VJ". The Herald Sun. 21 April 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ Graeme Blundell (2 May 2009). "Laughs across the ages". The Australian. Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  9. ^ "Media Virgins". Australia's Next Top Model. 9 June 2009. FOX8. 
  10. ^ "Live Finale". Australia's Next Top Model. 7 July 2009. FOX8. 
  11. ^ David Knox. "The 7 pm Project: it’s official". TV Tonight. Retrieved 13 July 2009. 
  12. ^ "Ultimate School Musical". FOX8. Foxtel. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  13. ^ "Ruby Rose – FOX 8". FOX8. Foxtel. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  14. ^ The Daily Telegraph (27 June 2008). "Gay stance wins Ruby Rose a role inj Australian comedy". The Australian News. Retrieved 30 May 2009. 
  15. ^ Christian Taylor (27 June 2008). "Ruby Rose Steams Up The Big Screen". Retrieved 30 May 2009. 
  16. ^ Mallozzi, Joseph (April 2, 2015). "Dark Matter casting announcements! David Hewlett! Ruby Rose!". Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  17. ^ In CIty Fashion Blog (4 June 2010). "Ruby Rose turns designer with Milk and Honey". In City Fashion Blog. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  18. ^ "‘Nobody wants a 45-year-old VJ’: Ruby Rose switches from TV to pop stardom – and she's here to stay". NineMSN. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  19. ^ Ruby Rose wins charity boxing match HeraldSun. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  20. ^ a b "Ruby Rose – live blog". 28 March 2008. Retrieved 25 November 2008. 
  21. ^ Shoba Rao and Tim Artlett (28 March 2008). "MTV VJ Ruby Rose: 'I came out at 12', let me get on with work". Retrieved 25 November 2008. 
  22. ^ "MTV presenter Ruby Rose talks about perils of lesbian love". The Herald Sun. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  23. ^ Michelle Lolo (26 April 2009). "Ruby was bashed by classmates". Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  24. ^ "Influential gays and lesbians". The Daily Telegraph. 17 December 2008. Retrieved 18 November 2008. 
  25. ^ SameSame 25 – Ruby Rose, SameSame 25 Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Australians 2009.
  26. ^ "Veronicas twin gets kiss from a Rose (again)". fox 101.9. 30 April 2008. Retrieved 25 November 2008. 
  27. ^ "Ruby Rose reported to be engaged to girlfriend Lyndsey Anne". The Herald Sun. 19 August 2009. 
  28. ^ "Has Ruby Rose popped the question?". The Daily Telegraphy. 19 August 2009. 
  29. ^ "Ruby Rose's lesbian covergirl kiss". The Daily Telegraph. 1 June 2009. 
  30. ^ Has Ruby Rose popped the question? – Sydney Confidential, 19 August 2009
  31. ^ Marcus, Caroline (10 January 2010). "Ruby Rose 'engaged to model'". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  32. ^ Ruby Rose adds to her tattoo body artwork (24 April 2009). The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved on 14 March 2010
  33. ^ Daniel Steiner,"What Makes Ruby Rose So Mad She Has To Take Her Clothes Off?," Maxim Australia, October 2011.
  34. ^ Lionel Rose's widow KO's Ruby Rose (7 May 2012). The Herald Sun. Retrieved on 7 May 2012
  35. ^ "Wedding belles: Ruby Rose is engaged to Phoebe Dahl". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  36. ^ [1] (22 July 2014). Retrieved on 22 July 2014
  37. ^ Kellaway, Mitch (July 31, 2014). "Australian Model Ruby Rose Comes Out as Gender Fluid". The Advocate. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 

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