For that first year she modelled locally, that was until she signed on with Women Management in New York, Paris, and Milan the very next year. After that Rosie Huntington appeared in an ELLEgirl editorial, launching her directly into the public sphere.
Immediately after this she was also featured in Teen Vogue, and before long she was walking in New York fashion shows for Nicole Miller and Vivienne Tam. Rosie Huntington was also photographed for the Tommy Hilfiger and Abercrombie & Fitch advertising campaigns. In relatively little time Rosie Huntington was making headway as one of the world’s leading young models. It is important for any model to be versatile, but one thing that Rosie Huntington quickly became known for was her beauty, her lips, and her ability to make any product shine.
A fast rising star
By the end of 2004, her first year professionally modelling, Rosie Huntington had more jobs pouring in than most well established models do. She ended the year by appearing on the cover of Wallpaper and L’Officiel. Then, at the beginning of 2005 she elevated her status even higher by appearing on the catwalk in designer fashion shows in Milan and Paris for Just Cavalli, Moschino, DSquared2, Kenzo, and Valentino. Then Rosie Huntington was once again honoured by appearing on the cover of the Italian magazine D and the Japanese version of Vogue. Her highest achievement during this time, however, might very well be her appearance in the 2005 spring catalogue for Victoria’s Secret. While a normal catalogue may not be something to think of a major career move, appearing in a Victoria’s Secret advertisement is the kind of thing that can launch careers.
Over the next six months Huntington once again appeared on the catwalk in fashion shows in New York, Paris, and London, for the likes of Vera Wang, Max Azria, Oscar de la Renta, Betsey Johnson, Elie Saab, Heatherette, and Paul Smith. This led her to have the opportunity to become the new face of Paul Smith. During the majority of 2006 Rosie Huntington spent her time on photo shoots as she was featured in Harper’s & Queen, Elle, Spanish Vogue, and Italian Vogue. She also appeared in advertising campaigns for DKNY and BCBG (Max Azria).
The path to supermodel
Since Rosie Huntington had already modelled with Victoria’s Secret, they came back to her in late 2006 and asked her to walk in their annual show. This is a big show that is often televised and is seen by many people outside of the traditional fashion industry insiders. After she agreed to model in their show, Victoria’s Secret was so impressed with her that they made her the new spokesperson for their PINK line of clothing and underwear. Rosie Huntington also signed a contract for the fragrance, Clinique Happy.
She appeared on the catwalk in London and New York in February 2007 where she worked for Badgley Mischka, Rock & Republic, and Marchesa. Her star was rising so quickly that she found herself appearing in a number of magazines, and being asked to walk in exclusive shows. In 2008 Rosie Huntington became the new primary model for Burberry.
Problems and the future
Just when it appeared that Rosie Huntington would quickly become the next supermodel, she ran into some problems when the publication The Daily published a picture that showed her holding something that was deemed by the press to be a “drug pipe.” Soon after rumours in the fashion industry arose that she was dropped as the face for Burberry, but there has been no official reason given for this discontinuance. Victoria’s Secret has stuck with Huntington and she walked once again in their annual fashion show in November of 2008. She was also featured as model of the month in the Japanese Vogue. It appears that whatever problems she may have experienced, Rosie Huntington is determined to rise above them.