Rachel Hunter is a New Zealand model, actress and the host of Imagination Television's Rachel Hunter's Tour of Beauty. She has appeared on several magazine covers, including Vogue, Elle, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Cosmopolitan and Harper's Bazaar.
Rachel Hunter was born on September 9th of 1969 in Glenfield, Auckland. When she was still quite young, her parents divorced. One of Rachel's earliest ambitions was to become a dancer, and she studied ballet throughout her childhood. However, she was eventually diagnosed with a rare blood disease, and this made it impossible for her to pursue her dancing dreams.
Hunter describes her childhood self as a "shy, inward kid," and her struggle with health issues caused her to miss months of her final years at high school. During this period, she worked at a local ice cream parlor. Her mother was the first one who suggested that she try modeling, as she could see that Hunter's confidence was suffering because of her failed dancing ambitions.
Rachel states that she started to take her modeling career seriously when she was approached on the beach by a photographer who wanted to take pictures of her. Although she rolled her eyes at him, she eventually agreed and started attending modeling school. Hunter then started doing modeling jobs in New Zealand before returning to school at the age of 17, after she had recovered from her illness.
It was at this point that she received a phone call from her mother, who said "Rachel, New York wants to see you." With a promising modeling career ahead of her, she accepted a contract in New York and relocated to the Big Apple at the age of 17.
Mentored by Eileen Ford of Ford Models, Rachel immediately started booking work as a model in New York. Prior to her move to New York, she had already become quite established as a 16-year-old with jobs in New Zealand, Australia, and even France. At a young age, she became the face of Tip Top Ice Cream. However, her career really started to take off once she arrived in the United States.
After booking a contract with Cover Girl, she began appearing on a wide range of magazine covers, including "Italian Vogue," "Australian Vogue," "Cosmopolitan," "Elle," and many others. She truly rose to the top of the modeling world after appearing as a swimsuit model in a 1989 issue of "Sports Illustrated." Hunter later appeared on the cover of the swimsuit issue of "Sports Illustrated" twice. She also gained notoriety after posing nude for "Playboy" in 2004. Hunter is still signed to Ford Models to this day.
Outside of modeling, Hunter has racked up a few notable acting credits. In 1997, she appeared as herself on "The Drew Carey Show." In 2006, Stacey appeared briefly in "The Benchwarmers." Her other films roles were in movies like "Confessions of a Go-Go Girl," "The Perfect Assistant," and "Piranhaconda."
After judging "New Zealand's Got Talent" frm 2012 to 2013, Hunter began hosting her own TV series called "Rachel Hunter's Tour of Beauty." The show explores different concepts of beauty throughout the world. Many music fans may know her from the Fountains of Wayne music video for "Stacy's Mom," in which she played the song's main subject. In addition, she has appeared in a range of independent films.
In the late 80s, Hunter was in a relationship with high-profile rock musician Kip Winger, but she eventually left him to begin dating another musician, Rod Stewart. When Rachel met Stewart at the age of 21, Rod was 24 years older than her. The pair first ran into each other at a nightclub in LA, and they married just three months later in Beverly Hills. After their marriage in 1990, Hunter and Stewart had two children together before divorcing in 2006.
While she was going through her separation with Rod, Rachel began dating Sean Avery, a Canadian hockey player. After a few years of dating Avery, she moved on to another Canadian hockey player and Stanley Cup winner named Jarret Stoll. Rachel is 13 years older than Stoll. Eventually, Jarret proposed to Hunter in 2008. Although they were scheduled to get married in New Zealand in 2009, the pair called off the wedding just 7 weeks before the big day.
Rachel Hunter is a New Zealand model, actress, and reality television show host who has a net worth of $60 million. Over the years, Hunter has become a household name in the fashion industry, and she has also ventured into other forms of entertainment work. In addition to appearing on a wide range of magazine covers, Rachel is famous for hosting "Rachel Hunter's Tour of Beauty" on Imagination Television.