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Rachel Hunter

Rachel Hunter
Rachel Hunter at the Slim-Fast Fashion Show, 8 January 2008.
Born (1969-09-08) 8 September 1969
Glenfield, Auckland, New Zealand
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1989-present
Spouse(s) Rod Stewart
(m. 1990-2006)
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 67 kg (10.6 st; 148 lb)[1]
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Blue
Dress size 8-10 (UK); 6-8 (US); 36-38 (EU)

Rachel Hunter (born 8 September 1969)[2] is a New Zealand model, actress and reality TV show host. She is best known for her appearance in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues and her marriage to singer Rod Stewart, which ended in 2006. She is a judge on New Zealand's Got Talent.[3]


  • Early life 1
  • Modelling career 2
  • Film and television 3
    • Reality TV 3.1
  • Personal life 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Hunter was born in Glenfield, a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. Her parents divorced when she was still a child. Wanting to be a ballet dancer, she was diagnosed with a rare blood disease as a teenager, which curtailed her dancing ambitions.[4]

Modelling career

External images
Hunter's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover from 14 February 1994
Hunter's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover from 17 February 2006

Hunter began modelling by age 17 in 1986, One of her first assignments was to model a range of garments designed for the New Zealand beer brand Steinlager in a catalog as part of their sponsorship of the New Zealand KZ7 challenge for the Americas Cup in Freemantle, Australia. That same year she turned down an invitation to pose for Playboy magazine.[5]

She was persuaded by her aunt to fly to the United States, where she signed for the Ford Models agency of New York, landing the Cover Girl cosmetics contract and becoming the spokesperson for the company.[6] Hunter rose to global prominence after posing as a Sports Illustrated model in 1989.[5] She subsequently appeared on magazine covers, including Cosmopolitan and on the 1994 "Dream Team" cover of Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue. Hunter also graced the cover of Vogue Italia, Australian Vogue, American and international editions of Elle and Dutch Harper's Bazaar.

Hunter posed nude for a cover-featured Playboy pictorial published in April 2004.[7] She also replaced Penny Lancaster, the wife of Hunter's ex-husband Rod Stewart, as the face and body of Ultimo, a Scottish lingerie house. In 2006, Hunter was replaced by Helena Christensen.[8]

Hunter is signed to Ford Models in New York, Select Model Management in London, and Chadwick Models in Sydney, Australia.[6]

Film and television

Hunter first appeared on television in the 1980s in an advertisement for Tip Top's "Trumpet" ice-cream.

Hunter guest starred in a 1997 episode of The Drew Carey Show as herself. Trying to develop a career in acting, she has taken a series of acting lessons and appeared in several independent films, including 1999's A Walk in the Park and 2000's Two Shades of Blue, an erotic thriller with Marlee Matlin.[9] She stars as a lesbian cook doling out relationship advice in the award winning indie film La Cucina. She had a brief appearance as a sexy soccer mom in Dennis Dugan's The Benchwarmers (2006) and also played a sultry, bikini-clad mother in the music video for Fountains of Wayne's 2003 song "Stacy's Mom."

Hunter appeared on a 2005 celebrity episode of Lingo, where she and her partner Trista Rehn split $US30,000 for charity. Hunter is an ambassador to The Born Free Foundation, and established the Rachel Hunter Lowland Gorilla Fund. Hunter also appeared as herself in the 2004 Christmas Special of The Vicar of Dibley. She also starred in Confessions of a Go-Go Girl (2008), The Perfect Assistant (2008),[10] the science fiction TV movies Piranhaconda[11] (2011) and Swamp Volcano, aka Miami Magma (2012).[12]

Reality TV

Hunter has been a contestant on the United States reality television series Dancing with the Stars and The Real Gilligan's Island, and appeared on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing and NBC's Celebrity Circus.

She was a judge on the ABC reality competition Are You Hot? with Lorenzo Lamas. It was cancelled after one season. She appeared on the VH1's sci-fi celebrity reality show Celebrity Paranormal Project. She appeared as a celebrity guest in the first week of the NBC reality competition Phenomenon. She was featured in a documentary about bra history & design for Discovery Channel "Bra Wars".

In 2005, she hosted a series of Make Me A Supermodel, a reality show for Britain's Five TV channel. The series was marked by an ongoing feud between Hunter and contestant Jasmine Lennard. In 2006, she hosted a reality program for U.S. cable TV channel WE, Style Me With Rachel Hunter. Contestants on the show participated in a series of fashion challenges to prove that they "measured up" and were capable of being Hunter's stylist. Hunter, Phillip Bloch and Milica Kastner were judges. The opportunity to style Hunter for the People's Choice Awards and a cash prize was awarded to the winner, Buick Audra.

She was a contestant on NBC's new celebrity circus act Celebrity Circus that premiered 11 June 2008. In 2012, Hunter was confirmed to be part of the judging panel for the second series of New Zealand's Got Talent, and in 2013 for the third series of the show.[3] In 2015, Hunter fronted her own television series titled "Rachel Hunter's Tour of Beauty" for TV One where she traveled the world to discover what beauty meant in countries around the world.

Personal life

In the late 1980s Hunter lived with rock musician Kip Winger.[13]

At the age of 21, Hunter met rock star Rod Stewart, 24 years her senior, and they were married on 15 December 1990.[14] Together they had two children, Renee and Liam, but separated in January 1999 and their divorce was finalised on 2 November 2006.[15]

Hunter was engaged to NHL hockey player Jarret Stoll of the Los Angeles Kings, 13 years her junior, and they planned to marry in August 2009, but the wedding was called off.[16][17]


  1. ^ Elisa, Amy (27 June 2007). "Rachel Hunter: Why She's on a Diet - Rachel Hunter". Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b "UB40 front man to judge New Zealand's Got Talent". 29 June 2012 (New Zealand Herald). 29 June 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Rachel Hunter". Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  5. ^ a b "Rachel Hunter". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  6. ^ a b "Rachel Hunter". Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  7. ^ "Rachel Hunter". Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  8. ^ "All the gossip from one week in fashion ( UK)". 31 March 2006. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  9. ^ "Two Shades of Blue (1999)". Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  10. ^ "The Perfect Assistant (2008)". Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  11. ^ "Piranhaconda (2011)". Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  12. ^ "Miami Magma (2011)". Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  13. ^ "Winger: Gets Real". Sleaze Roxx. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  14. ^ "Chronicle column".  (subscription required)
  15. ^ "Entertainment | Rod Stewart divorce is finalised". BBC News. 30 November 2006. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  16. ^ Emily Sheridan (24 June 2009). "Rachel Hunter devastated as ice hockey player fiancé calls off wedding seven weeks before big day". Mail Online (London). Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  17. ^ Kari Friedlander (25 June 2009). "Rachel Hunter Calls off Wedding". TV Guide Online. Retrieved 25 Jun 2009. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Dancing with the Stars (US) semi-finalist
Season 1 (Summer 2005 with Jonathan Roberts)
Succeeded by
Lisa Rinna & Louis Van Amstel
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