Rose was born in Melbourne to Katia Langenheim, an artist and single mother who was 20 years old at the time of Rose’s birth. Katia Langenheim was the great-granddaughter of German film actress Ellen Bang. Rose cites her mother as being one of her role models. Rose had a nomadic childhood, moving around quite a bit when she was younger.
She spent time in rural Victoria, Tasmania, and Surfers Paradise before settling down in Melbourne. She received her secondary education at University High School and Footscray City College when she was a teenager. The Indigenous Australian boxer Lionel Rose is Rose’s godfather, and Alec Campbell, the only surviving Australian soldier who served in the Battle of Gallipoli, was Rose’s great-grandfather. Rose is also the goddaughter of Lionel Rose, who is Rose’s godfather.
At the age of 12, Rose came out to her family as a lesbian. Because of her sexuality and gender nonconformity, she claimed that she was the victim of bullying by her male classmates, and that this bullying included both verbal and physical violence. A member of her family also sexually abused her when she was a child. At the age of 12, Rose made an attempt on her own life after struggling with suicidal thoughts.
Her entire life has been marked by difficulties relating to her mental health; she has been hospitalized on many occasions for suicidal ideation and has been diagnosed with both complicated post-traumatic stress disorder and clinical depression.
Rose revealed that throughout her childhood, she had the mistaken belief that she was a boy and that she was putting aside money in preparation for a physical change from female to male. In her words: “In my head, I had it framed as something I wanted to accomplish, but in the end, I just… didn’t. I suppose I outgrew that phase of my life.
I even used to sleep on my front because I didn’t want to get boobs ever, which I think worked actually.” Rose shared that she is relieved she did not have surgery to change her gender, and that she hopes to fulfill her lifelong dream of being a mother someday. She claimed that modeling was the activity that introduced her to androgyny and gave her the opportunity to model utilizing a variety of gender expressions.
She was able to recollect, “When I was younger, my father and I went to a yum cha restaurant, and the proprietor came up to us and said, “Excuse me, we’re trying to find out if you’re a handsome boy or a lovely girl.” I remember that moment very clearly. It was a complement, and I was taken aback by it; yet, when I gave it some thinking, I realized that I secretly desired to be an attractive young man.”
Rose is genderfluid, noting, “I am quite gender fluid and feel more like I get up every day type of gender neutral.” This declaration came around a week after she released Break Free, in which she visually morphs from a very feminine woman to a severely tattooed guy. The video features her in both guises throughout the song.
Rose has said that although she does use they/them pronouns, she would want to continue using the feminine form of the pronouns. She stated that if she were forced to choose a sex, she would select male, but she does not believe that she should have been born with different body parts. She feels as though she should have had the same body parts.
She asked herself if her need to transition matched the need that her transgender friends had for transitioning, and she came to the conclusion that she was fine being gender neutral. She saw the desire that her transgender friends had for transitioning. “At this point, I believe that I will continue to identify as a female; yet, who knows. I am so at ease right now that it makes me feel amazing, but I also experience a lot of shifts in how I feel about things “she noted.
Music and philanthropic endeavors
Rose’s debut single, “Guilty Pleasure,” was released in February 2012 and was a collaboration with Gary Go. She directed the music video for The Veronicas’ track “On Your Side,” which was released in November of 2016. She is a volunteer in Africa and Laos on an annual basis, is the champion of a charity boxing fight, and is an avid supporter of numerous charitable organizations.
Rose’s passions lie in the protection of animals, the fight against bullying, and the promotion of positive mental health in young people; she is an ambassador for the organization Headspace. She is well-known for having a large number of tattoos, and she displayed some of them in a photo spread for Maxim Australia and PETA’s “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign. The campaign was aimed at getting people to give up wearing fur.
In addition, Maybelline New York has chosen her to represent the brand in Australia. She competed in the Girlfriend model hunt in 2002 and came in second place, behind Catherine McNeil.
After some time, the two became engaged, but they eventually parted up. In 2009, the ASTRA Awards presented her with the award for Favorite Female Personality. The 7PM Project was a television show that Langenheim presented for three seasons, from 2009 to 2011. She made her acting debut in the film Around the Block in 2013, which she also starred in.
Starred in the role of Stella Carlin in the television series Orange Is the New Black in the year 2015. She has also made appearances on the television series Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, Rove Live, Australia’s Next Top Model, and Good News Week.
The Australian model, actress, television personality, DJ, recording artist, and MTV Video Jockey Ruby Rose Langenheim has a net worth of $2 million. She is also known as Ruby Rose Langenheim.