March 20, 1989
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Australian-born television personality Ruby Rose's striking presence and fluid gender identity made her a cause célèbre in her native country and led to a multifaceted career as a model, TV host, activist and actress, most notably on "Orange is the New Black" (Netflix, 2013- ). Born Ruby Rose Langenheim in Melbourne, Australia on March 20, 1989, she was raised by her single mother in locations across the country before settling in Melbourne. She struggled with both sexual abuse and gender identity as a child, binding her body at the age of five to prevent the growth of her breasts and shaving her head to present a more masculine appearance. Rose came out as a lesbian at the age of 12 and eventually embraced her more feminine side; she also began modeling and in 2007, successfully auditioned to become a VJ for MTV Australia. Her fearless on-screen persona made her exceptionally popular with audiences, and led to opportunities as an actor, guest host on the Network Ten talk show "The Project" (2009- ) and singer, with her first single, "Guilty Pleasure," debuting in 2012. Rose also drew attention for her support of numerous charities, including aid relief in Africa and Laos, and campaigns for youth mental health and animal welfare, including PETA. Her "genderqueer" status, which allowed her to claim kinship to a male or female identity as she saw fit, became the subject of considerable media debate on sexuality and gender expression. Rose seemed undaunted by the coverage and continued to focus on new opportunities, including a clothing line, Faircloth Lane, with fiancée Phoebe Dahl, and a series regular role on "Orange is the New Black" as a new inmate, Stella Carlin, who drew attention from the prison population for her looks and caustic attitude.