April 09, 2015 03:03 PM

If Rosie Huntington-Whiteley were sharing beauty secrets (like, say, the key to modeling nude with confidence), would you line up to hear them? The good news: You don’t even have to leave your desk. The bad news: She swears she just eats what she wants and takes care of herself and looks like that naturally. So … not a ton of takeaway there. In the latest edition of
The Violet Files
, she gives her tips (and looks amazing naked, of course).

Ben Hassett for VIOLET GREY

First up: Her diet. “I don’t want to be that miserable girl pushing a salad around my plate. When I go out with friends, I enjoy myself. At home, I might have some scrambled eggs with some spinach … But, you know, then I’ll go and eat dinner and have loads of roast potatoes at Madeo. I couldn’t live life just restrictive all the time. It’s just no fun to me. That’s not a way to live.”

Those potatoes do come at a price, though. “Beauty for me is about a good workout routine,” she says. (Though it does come with some perks: “I see massage as part of my exercise routine. I work out quite aggressively, and it’s really important for me to have that time for my body as well.”)

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Ben Hassett for VIOLET GREY


Who can blame her for treating her body like a well-oiled (organic, clean, low-calorie oil) machine, when she’s got sexy shoots like this one to pose for on the regular? These days, Huntington-Whiteley hardly thinks about it at all, but she remembers her first nude shoot well. “I had just started modeling,” she says. “I was in London, and it was a different time. I honestly think I was a lot more free when I was younger. Kate Moss was my favorite supermodel; she set the standard in terms of nudity as fashion and art. I think being comfortable in one’s skin is the most attractive quality a girl can have.”

Ben Hassett for VIOLET GREY

Like Moss, Huntington-Whiteley has expanded her career profile past “supermodel” and well into actress (she’s in the upcoming Mad Max film) and designer (she’s got a line of lingerie for Marks & Spencer), and she takes that development very seriously. “I believe who you surround yourself with is a reflection of yourself. There’s a quote I have always liked by Will Rogers: ‘It takes a lifetime to build a good reputation, but you can lose it in a minute,’ ” she says, adding that there is always some element of chance. “Being a model, being an actress — it’s not decided by you. You’re chosen. You’re cast, and that’s fantastic, of course. I’d like to get myself into a position where I’m starting something on my own. That’s my focus for this year.”

Ben Hassett for VIOLET GREY


And for your final takeaway from the Rosie Huntington-Whiteley school of beauty: her favorite cosmetics. (Bad news: She wears hardly any on a daily basis.) “I don’t wear a ton of it,” she says. “But I will always have a little foundation on … Then I put on Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Color in Rosebud and a little bit of YSL Babydoll Mascara in Wheedler Brown and a little bit of Eve Lom Kiss Mix, and that suits me for the day, really.”

Who knew it was all so easy? Start prepping for your next sensual photoshoot now.

What do you think of the pics? Love her food philosophy?

–Alex Apatoff

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