Jess Commons | Deputy Editor | Friday, 12 June 2015

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Everything You Need To Know About Orange Is The New Black's Ruby Rose

The Debrief: The Australian model and VJ is set to come between Alex and Piper

VJ and all round megababe Ruby Rose is the new girl in this season's Orange Is The New Black – reportedly as a love interest for Alex and Piper.

Growing up in Australia with a single mum, Ruby’s big break came when she entered a modelling competition back in 2002. Later she auditioned to be an MTV VJ, winning the job by downing 100 shots of beer in 100 minutes. We’d hire her.

Here’s a few more things to know about her.

She’s super inspiring on the subject of depression

Childhood was rough, with visits from what Ruby calls ‘Her old friend Mr Depression’ – something that’s followed her into her adult life. She describes a depressive epsiode being like as if, ‘Mr Depression forced his way into your house, ate all the Tim Tams [an Aussie biscuit brand] and smacked you in the face with a pile of manure.’ She’s got some candid advice on the subject for other sufferers though: ‘You are not alone, pick up the phone, grab an animal, grab someone else’s animal, just make sure you address it and give yourself the time and love you need. I leave tomorrow to do exactly that and it’s frightening and I am human, and I am doing it because I know I deserve to be happy just like everyone else does.’

 

A photo posted by Ruby Rose (@rubyrose86) on Dec 12, 2014 at 3:35pm PST

She’s ‘genderfluid’

Back in July last year, Ruby released a short filmed called Break Free which shows her transforming from a heavily made up blonde girl to a tattooed man. She said of it, ‘Where straight, gay, bi, trans... body image and identity can be a struggle for us all. This video was made to challenge that status quo. I am very gender fluid and feel like I wake up every day sort of gender neutral.’

 

Her fiancé Phoebe Dahl is also pretty damn cool

Granddaughter of Roald and cousin of Sophia, Phoebe is also the genius mind behind Faircloth Supply, the uber-cool handmade fashion line that donates a uniform to a schoolgirl in Nepal for every item sold. Apparently Ruby asked Phoebe to marry her three times and got rejectected every time, only for Phoebe to break into her house at 6AM to propose with flowers and coffee.

 

A photo posted by Ruby Rose (@rubyrose86) on Jul 7, 2014 at 10:58am PDT

 

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