Orange is the New Black star Ruby Rose is an example of a model whose career extends much further than fronting ad campaigns or walking the catwalks. This should come as no surprise, as she has almost single-handedly turned popular perceptions about androgynous looks and gender identity on their head in the talent management arena.
The outspoken Australian, whose real name is Ruby Rose Langenheim, may have started with modelling agencies but can now add fashion designer, DJ, actress, recording artist and television presenter to her resume.
Ruby came second in the 2002 Girlfriend model search, which was won by Catherine McNeil, and in 2010 she designed her own capsule fashion line for Australian label Milk & Honey. The Designed by Ruby Rose collection featured leather jackets, T-shirts and jeans.
Ruby also collaborated with Gallaz, a street footwear brand, and last year started a collaboration with Phoebe Dahl ? her fiance ? to design ethical streetwear as part of their Faircloth Lane clothing range.
As a model the undeniably beautiful but far-from-average Ruby has appeared extensively in the most well-known titles across the world, including Vogue Australia, Marie Clare, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Cleo, Maxim and Inked. She has also been named as the JVC ambassador in Australia and has completed high-profile campaigns for Maybelline and the Georg Jensen clothing label.
Ruby’s first television gig was as an MTV Australia presenter, after which she became her home country’s face of Maybelline New York. She won the MTV VJ job after coming top in a 2,000-strong talent search.
Since then Ruby has been a co-host on a number of TV shows, including Network Ten’s The 7pm Project, Australia’s Next Top Model and Foxtel’s coverage of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010. She also released a music single in 2012 with Gary Go called Guilty Pleasure.
Ruby’s acting career began in 2008 when she made her debut in Australian movie Suite for Fleur. In 2012 she took on a small part in the Around the Block drama, after which she was cast alongside Jack Thompson and Christina Ricci in 2013’s film of the same name. No one could have predicted the heights Ruby’s acting career would reach; however, given her obvious determination in all aspects of her life, it is perhaps not so surprising.
Today Ruby is most famous across the world for her appearance as Stella Carlin in Orange is the New Black. She joined the cast this year, during the show’s third season, playing a new inmate who immediately caught the eyes of the other ‘guests’ of Litchfield Penitentiary.
Ruby also took on a guest role, playing a character called Wendy in Dark Matter, a Canadian science fiction series, which started in Canada in June.
Ruby is almost as well known amongst the general public for her gender identity as she is for her professional prowess. She professes to be ‘gender fluid’ and has had her looks compared to a range of both male and female stars, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Bieber and Angelina Jolie.
Ruby has been called the lesbian version of James Dean by Maclean’s Emma Teitel, whilst Cosmopolitan’s Alex Rees claimed that everyone was in love with the model and actress ? even if some people weren’t ready to admit it yet.