Rosie Huntington-Whiteley claims she was ''bullied'' by modelling agents when she started out.
The Victoria's Secret beauty admitted she was more naïve when she first began working in the fashion industry and found it difficult to stand up for herself when she was feeling under pressure and overworked.
Rosie told The Guardian Weekend magazine: ''It was hard. You can get a bit bullied. You're a child surrounded by adults and you don't have a voice. You get pushed around by agents; your needs don't matter. You say that you need a day off, or that you don't feel comfortable doing such-and-such, and people just don't listen.''
However, the 24-year-old model-and-actress - who replaced Megan Fox as the female lead in the 'Transformers' franchise last year and is the face of Burberry and Marks & Spencer Autograph - says the power balance has shifted in her favour in recent years.
She said: ''The last couple of years, things have been different. I have earned my right to be heard. All I ever wanted to do was to be part of the industry, to collaborate with people and have a voice. I love fashion, I love what I do and I have an opinion ... They treat me like I'm part of the family, not just some clothes hanger.''