Supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is in full bloom.
For a start, she’s got a steady hunk of a boyfriend who doesn’t seem fazed by commitment chat.
She’s still a good couple of years off the Big Three Zero, but she’s already had the kind of modelling career that turns Top Model contestants green with envy.
And as if that wasn’t enough, she’s about to hit the big screen in another Hollywood blockbuster that could secure her future as a bona fide box office babe.
Who is this girl and where did she come from?
And, more importantly, where is she headed?
We all know English-born Rosie was discovered at 16 and quickly leaped up the modeling ranks to represent international brands like Burberry and Victoria Secret.
She even launched her own lingerie range and signature scent with revered British High Street chain, Marks and Spencer.
But now, it seems, modeling is not enough for the girl who never really meant for any of this to happen.
This month sees the much anticipated opening of Mad Max: Fury Road in which Rosie shares screen space with Hollywood heavyweights Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy.
The post-apocalyptic thriller is the fourth installment in the Mad Max franchise and Rosie plays a concubine called Splendid (no, really) who’s on the run from her evil master.
Theron had her head shaved for the movie. Rosie’s look is more dusty, surfer-chick complete with sculpted cheekbones and glossy pout. It seems you can’t take the model out of the movie star.
This is not Rosie’s first encounter with the film industry. In 2011, she starred in Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon. It’s fair to say her debut was not quite the smash she’d no doubt been hoping for.
We’ve yet to see how the critics receive Mad Max 4, but perhaps Rosie will heed the advice of its director George Miller who says all actors should have a fall back career.
It’s unlikely Rosie will be modeling into her pensionable years, so what could she do if it turns out she has no talent for acting?
Perhaps her latest fashion shoot for Net-a-Porter’s The Edit might give us a clue.
Headlined Pioneer Spirit, Rosie posed in gorgeous cowboy-inspired couture astride graceful wild horses. She has the wind in her hair and the world at her feet.
That surely puts her on course for a career in horse riding as a model-turned-actress-turned-horsewoman. It has a ring to it.
She wouldn’t be the first Beauty to turn to Beasts.
Recently-retired Gisele Bundchen has been riding since she was eight and was thrown on a horse at her Aunt’s Brazilian farm.
And reluctant supermodel Jodie Kidd is in a love triangle with horses, cars and golf.
As the daughter of a former showjumper, she has quite the pedigree.
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Now she’s the go-to-girl for all things equestrian on CNN and only last month was reporting on the FEI World Cup jumping and dressage finals in Las Vegas.
But if you’re a model wanting to jump start your horse riding career, you’d better race over to Goodwood in the heart of the English countryside.
For the last four years, models have been competing in a charity ladies’ event that forms part of the five day horse racing festival affectionately known as Glorious Goodwood.
The Magnolia Cup is the first race of the day on Ladies’ Day and every aspect of the race involves brilliant, talented, prominent women. And that includes the jockeys.
Last year there were no less than three models who took to the saddle including bright young thing Edie Campbell.
Already an accomplished horsewoman, she was the bookies favourite to win when she was first past the post in 2011 and again in 2014.
As if the race wasn’t glamorous enough, Edie was presented with her trophy by Tom Cruise who just happened to be in town promoting a new film.
The 24-year-old, who was named Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in 2013 and is a favourite of Karl Lagerfeld, is very much at home in the saddle.
She’s competed in a number of events including the Paris Masters which is sponsored, appropriately, by Italian Fashion house Gucci.
But the Goodwood race is not just about performance. You can’t expect some of the most beautiful and successful women in the world to ride out in any old thing – even if it is silk.
If you’re going to look good in the parade ring you need designer silks. This, after all, is haute couture on horseback.
Last year’s silks were designed by none other than Vivienne Westwood, Frost French, Jasmine Guinness, Beulah, Kate Halfpenny, Sarah Burton and Bella Freud.
No wonder the event raises so much money for charity. Last year the runners and riders raised £200,000 divided between two causes. Best Beginnings helps parents give their children a healthy start in life and The Reading Agency strives to improve literacy skills in adults.
So, if Rosie HW’s acting career is pulled up short, could she make it as a top jockey?
At 5’10, she doesn’t cut the figure of a natural jockey although, as a model, she’ll be used to keeping her weight in check.
She could turn to her namesake Rosie Napravnik for inspiration and advice.
Rosie, who recently retired from horse-racing to start a family, is the most successful female jockey in America.
She is the only woman to have won the Louisiana Derby and the Kentucky Oaks – twice. In 2014 she earned $13 million in prize money. Now that’s worth getting out of bed for.
She made history (again) in 2014 when she became the first female jockey to win the Breeders’ Cup Distaff race in California.
Napravnick’s record is staggering and her story is one of determination and true grit. She’s never used her gender as an “excuse” for not beating men and firmly believes women can compete on a level playing field.
Now, there’s an idea for a movie! Get Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s agent on the phone. ENDS