Rose in June 2012
|Born||Ruby Rose Langenheim
20 March 1986
|Occupation||Television presenter, DJ, actress, model, VJ, recording artist|
Ruby Rose Langenheim (born 20 March 1986), better known as Ruby Rose, is an Australian model, DJ, recording artist, actress, television presenter, and former MTV VJ. She is the face of Maybelline New York in Australia, and also stars on Orange Is the New Black as Stella Carlin.
Rose was born in Melbourne to Katia Langenheim, a 20-year-old single mother and artist, whom she now describes as one of her role models. As a young child, she travelled frequently, living in rural Victoria, Tasmania, and Surfers Paradise before finally settling in Melbourne. As a teenager, she attended University High School and Footscray City College. Ruby is the god-daughter of Indigenous Australian boxer Lionel Rose and the great-granddaughter of Alec Campbell, the last surviving Australian Battle of Gallipoli soldier.
Television and film
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. 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. However, she enjoys 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".
In 2009, Rose won the ASTRA Award for Favourite Female Personality. She also travelled to Kenya to "highlight ... [the] amazing work" done by Global Vision International. She appeared on the first episode of Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation, representing Generation Y alongside comedian Josh Thomas.
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. 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, 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, 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. She also starred alongside Christina Ricci and Jack Thompson in the 2013 film Around the Block.
In 2015, Rose joined the Orange Is the New Black cast in Season 3. Rose plays new inmate Stella Carlin, "whose sarcastic sense of humor and captivating looks quickly draw the attention of some of Litchfield's inmates." She was also cast in a guest role, as Wendy, in the science fiction series Dark Matter.
Fashion and modelling
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 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. She 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. She is a generous supporter of many charities, won a charity boxing match, and has travelled to Laos and Africa to volunteer each year. Issues of concern to her include animal welfare, campaigns for anti-bullying and youth mental health, where she works as an ambassador for Headspace. Known for being extensively tattooed, she showed off her tattoos in a photo spread for Maxim Australia and PETA, as part of the campaign "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur".
Rose came out as a lesbian at the age of 12. As a teenager, she suffered from verbal taunts and physical abuse from her schoolmates due to her sexuality, which required hospitalisation when she was 16. 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.
Rose is genderfluid, saying, "I am very gender fluid and feel more like I wake up every day sort of gender neutral." 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 stated, however, that she prefers to continue using female pronouns.
With regard to childhood gender nonconformity, Rose said she wanted to be a boy while growing up and that she was saving up money to physically transition from female to male. She told the Daily Mail, "It was in my mind as something I wanted to do and then I just... didn't. I guess I grew out of it. I even used to sleep on my front because I didn't want to get boobs ever, which I think worked actually." She stated that modelling led her to discover androgyny, and allowed her to model with different gender expressions. She recalled, "I remember being at a Yum Cha restaurant with my dad and the owner coming up and saying, 'Excuse me, we're trying to work out if you're a handsome boy or a beautiful girl.' It was a compliment and I was shocked, and when I thought about it I actually wanted to be a handsome boy".
In 2008, Rose was reported to be in a relationship with Jessica Origliasso from The Veronicas, as the two had been seen behaving intimately. Rose stated in a live blog that they are simply "really good mates". She was in a relationship with Australia's Next Top Model 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.
In late 2009, after breaking up with McMillan, Rose was seen kissing Australian supermodel Catherine McNeil during a pool party in Los Angeles. In 2010, she was reported to have become engaged to McNeil, but the couple called off the engagement on 2 July 2010. In March 2014, she reported that she was engaged to Phoebe Dahl, granddaughter of author Roald Dahl and cousin of model Sophie Dahl.
In the media
Various media outlets have commented on public fascination with Rose's gender identity, gender expression, and looks, including her tattoos and visual or behavioral similarities to Angelina Jolie, Justin Bieber and a younger Leonardo DiCaprio. The public and media attention increased following Rose's debut on Orange Is the New Black, significantly with regard to heterosexual women commenting on her physical appearance. Emma Teitel of Maclean's stated, "Rose, 29, resembles an androgynous Angelina Jolie; she is a rare combination of angular and soft. She is a badass with a permanently arched brow and a Justin Bieber haircut. In other words, she is the lesbian James Dean. And straight women are falling madly in love with her." Alex Rees of Cosmopolitan commented, "Have you watched Orange Is the New Black's third season yet? If so, you're in love with Ruby Rose, right? [...] Everyone is in love with Ruby Rose now; literally everyone — but it's also OK if you're not quite ready to admit it either. (But this is a safe space, so feel free to open up.)"
The media attention resulted in a new, open discourse about sexual fluidity and whether or not sexual orientation can change, with some of the media expressing disapproval toward heterosexual women stating that they would "go gay for Ruby Rose." Teitel wrote, "And, in predictably ironic fashion, some of the people most eager to rain on the Ruby Rose lady-loving parade were none other than lady-lovers themselves" and that "social media lit up with tweets admonishing the Ruby Rose fanatics: 'All it takes is a pretty face to change your sexual orientation?' and 'Saying you 'go gay' for Ruby Rose reinforces the idea that sexuality is a choice, and is homophobic.'" Teitel cited a Jezebel article, adding, "In the words of one scold, Madeleine Davies [...], 'Homosexuality and bisexuality aren't identities that you get to try on for a day to show off how liberal you are." and "They're built into a person's biology. So please, while you—a straight girl—are free to have a crush on whomever you want, do everyone a favour and calm the f–k down. You don’t get a cookie for finding a woman attractive.'" To Teitel, "this response suggests that our newly progressive world—one of supposedly collapsed sexual boundaries—may not be so progressive after all. One must either reject the norm (heterosexuality) or embrace it full force." and that it is "a shame. Because sexual exploration is a lot less daunting when labels are malleable. Homosexuality and bisexuality aren't, as Davies writes, 'identities you get to try on for a day,' but the world would be a better place if they were." Teitel added, "The key to a tolerant and sexually flexible society is not in jumping down people's throats when they play fast and loose with labels. It's in letting everyone define their sexuality on their own terms."
Rose acknowledged the public discourse concerning her physical appearance and subsequent debate on sexual fluidity, commenting that she thinks it is brilliant and was not expecting it, but that some of her friends have found the public affection toward her inappropriate. "They personally are offended by it, [and are] saying like, 'You can't just choose to be gay. You should say something about all these women that are saying [they're] turning gay.'," she said. "My sense is definitely more lighthearted and neutral on it. I think people are just saying that to be complimentary. I don't think anyone's doing it to be derogatory or to take away from what it really means to come out and identify as a different sexuality than what people will think you are." She compared today's society to how society was ten years ago, saying that people would probably watch someone onscreen that they were attracted to, but not be able to "make a funny meme and say, 'Oh my god, I'm gay!' because that would be so frowned upon." She added, "I, personally, think that the moments we try to nitpick who can and can't say that they are genderqueer or gender-neutral or trans, or who's gay or who's bi — who are we to tell other people how they can live their lives and what they can tweet and what they can say?" Rose said she thinks people should let others say what they want to about their sexuality, and that this is a message the LGBT community should be supporting.
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