You probably know Ruby Rose as the cropped-coiffed, androgynous actor who shakes things up in season three of Orange Is The New Black. But Rose has been making waves for years. Her 2011 Maxim Australia cover story recently resurfaced, and it’s nevertheless inspiring.
Sure, people can gawk at how gorgeous Rose is, but there’s more to this #tbt that skin and a mean smolder. What sticks out here is how true to herself Rose has remained throughout the years. She used her cover shoot to breathe new life into her longstanding relationship with PETA. “I thought, ‘This is a perfect opportunity to get a relationship with Maxim happening with PETA, as well, and actually do an ‘I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur’ campaign,” she explains in a behind-the-scenes video that highlights her chameleon-like looks with various wigs.
Inside the issue, Rose muses on the fluidity of personal presentation and touches on how each wig made her feel like a different version of herself. Self-presentation is a theme Rose has become more vocal about as her fame began to rise. She created a short video in 2014 that explores “what it’s like to have an identity that derailed from the status quo.” (It’s incredible, if you have not seen.) It’s humbling to see her touching on that subject years prior. Rose knows where her heart is, and is grounded enough to not let anything shake her; a role model if we’ve ever seen one.