First published on 12 Mar 2009. Updated on 23 Mar 2012.
What makes Sydney sexy? Apart from the obvious, like having the beach pretty much in the heart of the city, I think that there's something sexy about people who are determined to do well in their field. Everyone in Sydney has a place to be, a place they're going, which can frustrate people that come from Melbourne or Queensland. It's an amazing lifestyle here. It's very headstrong and you've got everything going for you. There's not really anything about it that's slacking, messy. It's a sexy place where people can achieve their goals and live their dreams.
See - Ruby Rose's Sydney for Ruby's favourite places.
Who is Sydney's sexiest person in your opinion? I'm just going to say a friend of mine. It's difficult when I say a friend because then people go, "Oooh, are they just friends?" But I'd probably say Pip Edwards. She's sexy because she's an amazing fashion designer, stylist, she's a classically trained pianist, she DJs, she has an amazing son who she raises... She's typically Sydney, living in Bondi, she's the kind of headstrong, amazing kind of woman that everyone can look up to, from a female perspective.
According to a poll we did of 900 people on our website, Sydney's sexiest person is in fact, you. Oh... really?
What do you think of that? Maybe now I can find a girlfriend! (Laughs) I think that's amazing. I think that's really, really fucking cool. It's always difficult – not that I've ever been voted sexiest person before, ever – but it is always difficult to take a compliment of that calibre. That's fucking really cool. And now I'm going to feel sexier for like, a whole month. And then another month when the magazine comes out.
The survey showed you are a favourite of girls and boys. It was evenly weighted on each side. Do you like the fact that you appeal to everyone, guys too? Absolutely! Absolutely. I've never been with a guy and I've never been in much of a relationship with a guy, but that's not to say that you have to make a choice and you have to label yourself one or the other. I think that I'd always like to appeal to everyone because everyone, for different reasons, appeals to me. I think it's silly to be close-minded. I would never want to shut myself off. My best friends are guys. I think that's great. I think it just shows an openness, a real open-minded, positive attitude in people in Sydney. It makes it very comfortable to live in Sydney, no matter who you are. To me, it just says that I'm in the right place. I'm living in the right city, in the right country, in the right place of the world. That's why I'm here and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
There is a lot of interest in your sexuality. Does that annoy you or are you used to it now?
I'm pretty used to it now. But I'm not doing anything that's groundbreaking whatsoever, being an open, out-and-proud lesbian. The only reason why I can be the way I am is because of people who did it in the past, way before me. I'm getting a lot of attention for being the only out-and-proud lesbian in Australia – it's such a positive thing, even when they are putting me in papers and magazines and writing about it, because they're writing positive things about my sexuality. They're never actually putting me down for it, and they're putting me with the best-looking people Sydney has to offer. They put me with these beautiful women who are my friends. So there is no animosity about it. It's kind of like, me and my friends look at it and we'll have a bit of a giggle, and back to the normal day, and that's it.
Looking at the likes of Lindsay Lohan and Katy Perry, being a lesbian is suddenly very fashionable. What do you think about the rise of 'celesbianism'? It's difficult to judge anyone on who they're dating. Like for instance with Lindsay, I know there's a full-on media frenzy in the States, and here and everywhere, but I don't think it'd be right for me or anyone else to go, "Hmm, she doesn't look like a lesbian so she's mustn't be one." Who would have thought Portia de Rossi would turn around and be with Ellen and then get married? But one person that does irritate me to a degree would be Katy Perry because it seems like she just wrote that song ['I Kissed a Girl'] to make money off that concept. I don't like the song and I don't like what she stands for. I do think people like her can take us back a few years instead of helping us progress. But I think people that are genuinely in gay relationships are in them for the right reasons. You just wouldn't do it otherwise. Why would you be with someone you don't want to be with? It just doesn't make sense.