The Guardian talks to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as she launches her latest lingerie collection for Marks & Spencer:
When she was starting out, one agent advised her to eat "a single piece of sushi a day". "My eloquent response was: 'Go fuck yourself!'"
She chuckles. When she started with her new agency she asked them how it helped the younger girls. "Because I felt that there was never anything for me, no workshops, no people letting you know how you should be eating or what you should be wearing to castings." For the new faces of today there are talks and nutritionists – proper advice.
"There's been a real shift," she says. "It's been a funny 10 years to be in the industry. I started in 2003, when castings were sent to me by fax. Now everything is put out on social media as soon as it's shot. There's more engagement. Everybody wants to know the models. You're more real now than ever." More real? "You're no longer this one-dimensional image. Perhaps the paparazzi is part of that. It's more expected now for supermodels to be smart, to have opinions, to have a personality."
"I mean, it's self-indulgent. It's not like I'm a nurse or I'm helping people with their finances. I think it's important to be aware of that. I have seen people who think they're doing something really noble for the world, and it's like: you're making a movie. You're doing what makes you happy, but get real right now. Certain people take themselves very, very seriously and it's just unnecessary. That's a funny thing with celebrity and charity work, too, isn't it? It's not selfless, either."