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Ruby Rose: 'I'm an actress not model or designer'

Published 23/05/2016

Ruby Rose
Ruby Rose

Ruby Rose knew she wasn't cut out to be a catwalk model when she once walked alongside Gemma Ward.

Ruby Rose prefers to be known as an actress, though she does love the beauty and fashion side of her job too.

The Australian star became an international name after landing a role in Orange Is the New Black, and her androgynous beauty meant she was quickly being offered more than just acting roles.

When grilled on what title she prefers more - actress, DJ, designer or make-up developer - Ruby admits her heart lies with her original profession.

“Just actress,” she told WWD before adding: “Well, I’m not a make-up designer - yet - but I am the face of Urban Decay, which is phenomenal, and I’m such an advocate for the brand and love it so much. In the future I think we’re going to work on more collaborative stuff, so that’s cool. I’m definitely not a model. I just get to, in the course of what I do, especially with acting and dressing up and getting into different characters and doing one-off campaigns with brands I really love, I get to be a model for a day.”

Despite her modesty, the 30-year-old is no stranger to modelling work. The star, known for her short hair style, tattoos and defined bone structure, has previously been tapped by Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply, Maybelline and underwear label Bonds. She’s also taken to the runway before, but soon realised it wasn't the job for her.

“I walked on one catwalk once, and it was the most frightening thing, because you’re just putting one foot in front of the other, but it was pretty mortifying,” she admitted with a laugh.

“You know Gemma Ward? It was her first ever catwalk, and my first ever catwalk, and I was, like, ‘I’m not meant to be here, but you are.’ She was the most beautiful person I’d ever seen. She needed the whole hallway just for her legs to fit. I was like half her height, being like, hmmm, this is not the career for me.”

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