Net Worth: $2.2 million
This Australian bombshell was born into the life of fame. Her godfather was the infamous boxer Lionel Rose and she is the great granddaughter of Alec Campbell – the last surviving Australian Battle of Gallipoli soldier. But this didn’t stop Ruby from making an awesome name for herself in the world of modeling, fashion, TV and music. Many recognize her from the hit TV show 'Orange Is The New Black' but she’s much more than that. She’s also an activist for anti-bullying, animal welfare and has done extensive charity working with the young. Additionally, she started a global conversation regarding sexual orientation and gender with her androgynous style.
Born Ruby Rose Langenheim in Melbourne, Australia, this talented star is more commonly known as Ruby Rose. She was born to Katia Langenheim, a single 20-year-old mother and artist who is now considered Ruby’s ultimate role model. During Ruby’s childhood she traveled quite considerably, living in rural Victoria, Tasmania and Surfer’s Paradise. As a teen, she attended University High School and Footscray City College – both in Melbourne, Australia.
At age 16, she hit the spotlight by joining the Girlfriend model search – and came in second. Eight years later, in 2010, she joined the team at Milk and Honey and was a huge influence in the capsule fashion line called Milk and Honey Designed by Ruby Rose. This fashion line is comprised of washed out jeans, leather jackets and T-shirts with unique designs. After that, she participated in several other fashion initiatives for brands such as Gallaz, Faircloth Lane as well as other more mainstream brands such as Vogue Australia, Maxim, InStyle Magazine, Marie-Claire Magazine and Cosmopolitan. Today, she is the face of Maybelline New York in Australia and the face of Urban Decay Cosmetics as well as the co-creator of the clothing line, Haircloth & Supply. The latter being a project that she created with her then-girlfriend Phoebe Dahl – an initiative that gives the majority of its earnings to help fund school uniforms for girls in Nepal.
Ruby entered the world of VJ (Video Jockey) in 2008 when she competed against 2000 participants in a three-week national search for MTV. As part of the competition, she had to do a number of weird and crazy things – such as downing 100 shots of beer in 100 minutes and kissing strangers on the streets of Sydney. She admits that being a VJ is way more fulfilling as opposed to modeling by saying, “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 wants you to be yourself … not censoring anything and not conforming to anything”. Furthering her on-screen career, she stared in a number of thriving TV shows and films such as Around The Block, working alongside Christina Ricci and Jack Thompson. She also produced her own short film entitled Break Free, which quickly went viral.
In 2015, she became a regular in the third season of Orange Is The New Black. This role brought her more popularity worldwide and allowed her to gain a number of other on-screen roles. She was cast in the film Resident Evil: The Final Chapter as well as the action sequel John Wick: Chapter 2, alongside Keanu Reeves. The big screen will also see her in a film named Meg in 2018. But she is not just great on-screen – she’s also a fabulous singer. In 2012, she released her first single, ‘Guilty Pleasure’ and also collaborated with The Veronica’s to produce the track, ‘On Your Side’.
Ruby has participated in a number of other initiatives such as hosting The 7pm Show alongside Dave Hughs, Charlie Pickering, Carrie Bickmore and James Mathison and hosting the show, Ultimate School Musical – a TV series which originally aired in the UK but was picked up by the Australian network, FremantleMedia Australia. She also hosted the Foxtel Mardi Gras for three consecutive years and the 2015 MTV awards, alongside Ed Sheeran. Additionally, Ruby made an appearance as guest judge on an episode of Australia’s Next Top Model entitled ‘Media Virgins’ and worked as a correspondent for the finale.
This jack-of-all-trades star also traveled to Kenya to “highlight the amazing work” done by Global Vision, a non-profit organization working towards increasing solar power in various cities. She is a proud winner of the ASTRA Award 2009 for Favorite Female Personality.
Ruby is equally as skilled in humanitarian work as she is in the arts. She is an advocate for initiatives such as Headspace, where she is an ambassador for the mental health of the youth and PETA’s campaign; ‘I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur’.
She is a lover of tattoos and admits that she is uncertain as to how many she currently has. In fact, she says that some of her tattoos have merged to create one even bigger piece. She has used her tattooed body to her advantage when it comes to portraying herself, being featured in photo spreads in Maxim as well as PETA. “A couple of years ago PETA wanted to do an anti-fur shoot with me, but we never got around to it. Then MAXIM came along and I thought it’d be the perfect fit. Not only was it fun, but it was also for a good cause,” Ruby says. The media has commented explicitly on her appearance, gender identity and gender expression, saying that she resembles Angelina Jolie, Justin Bieber and a young Leonardo DiCaprio. She created a somewhat global conversation about her physical appearance, especially among heterosexual women.
Emma Teitel of MacClean’s, a Canadian newspaper, said, “Rose 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.” While 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.)”
This media attention opened up a brand new conversation about sexual fluidity in terms of straight women, as many admitted that they would “go gay for Ruby Rose”. While some disagreed with the shift in mindset, many argued that it was a step in the right direction by shining light on the fact that sexual orientation is a choice – a personal one at that.
Surprisingly however, it was members of the LGBQ community that showed the most disapproval towards the fact that women were now becoming more liberal in terms of orientation. Many complained that ones sexual orientation is innate and built into ones biology as opposed to a tool used to express liberalism.
Jezebel writer, Madeleine Davies, expressed her opinion by saying that bisexuality or homosexuality is not an identity that you get to try on for a day. Teitel replied to this comment by saying, “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.”
Ruby, while completely shocked at the grand conversation, says that she is neutral on the topic. She commented by saying that today’s society is similar to that of 10 years ago, whereby someone could privately enjoy watching an attractive bi or homosexual person on-screen but would not openly admit to it because it is still frowned upon in many cultures and countries. She believes that everyone has the right to be whatever orientation they choose and that the LGBQ community should be supportive of that.
Ruby first came out as homosexual when she was 12 years old – a fact that caused her to face immense bullying at school. She also admits to being sexually abused during her childhood years and because of this, attempted suicide. She lives with bipolar disease and has a strong inclination towards clinical depression.
Regardless of her schoolyard bullies, Ruby says that – as a teen – she identified strongly with being a male. She spent many years saving money in hope of one day undergoing gender reconstructive surgery but says that, one day, that yearning just disappeared. She admits that that was merely a phase but that she still persisted to sleep on her stomach to eradicate the feeling of having breasts. She says that she was able to express the look which she sports today – androgyny – due to her modeling career. It was during her modeling years that she was able to express different gender expressions.
Today, Ruby identifies herself as gender fluid. She says, “I am very gender fluid and feel more like I wake up every day sort of gender neutral.” She describes herself using female pronouns but admits that, if she were to choose a sex, it would be male. She came to this conclusion after seeing her transgender friends’ transformations, wondering if that is what she would want for herself. She says, “I think at this stage I will stay a woman but … who knows. I’m so comfortable right now I feel wonderful about it, but I also fluctuate a lot.” Ruby was previously engaged to fashion designer, Phoebe Dahl but today she is in a relationship with Jess Origliasso, the singer of The Veronica’s.
Written by: Helena Lorimer