Rachel Hunter Biography

Rachel Hunter, a New Zealand supermodel and actress, has made a significant impact in the international fashion industry. From her humble beginnings in Auckland, she quickly rose to prominence as one of the most photographed international cover models in the world. Alongside her successful modeling career, Rachel also ventured into acting, showcasing her talent in both television and feature films. Not only is she known for her stunning looks, but she is also a passionate advocate for various charitable causes. With her enduring fame and dedication to philanthropy, Rachel Hunter has become a household name both in New Zealand and abroad.

Quick Facts

  • Age: 54 Years
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Kip Winger, Rod Stewart
    • Father: Wayne Hunter
    • Mother: Janeen Hunter
    • Children: Liam Stewart, Renee Stewart
  • Quotes By Rachel Hunter
  • Models
  • Height: 5’10” (178 cm)
  • Notable Alumni: Glenfield College
  • City: Auckland, New Zealand
  • More Facts
  • Education: Glenfield College

Childhood & Early Life

Rachel Hunter was born on September 9, 1969, in Glenfield, Auckland, New Zealand to Wayne Hunter and Janeen Hunter. She has a sister named Jacqui Hunter. At a young age, she dreamt of becoming a ballet dancer but her ambitions were curtailed after she was diagnosed with a rare blood disease. When she was 15, her parents split up and later got divorced. A year later, she was spotted by a local photographer and invited to New York to become a model. In New York, she signed a contract for the ‘Ford Models’ agency, landing the Cover Girl cosmetics contract and becoming the spokesperson for the company.


By the age of 17, Rachel had become a popular model and graced the covers of countless fashion magazines including ‘Vogue’, ‘Elle’, and ‘Cosmopolitan’. She was also asked to pose for ‘Playboy’ magazine, but considering herself too young for it, she refused the offer. In 1989, she rose to global fame after posing as a model for the ‘Sports Illustrated’ magazine. She appeared on the 1994 ‘Dream Team’ cover of the annual swimsuit issue of the ‘Sports Illustrated’. Along with being a model, she took acting classes and made her film debut in the romantic comedy ‘Just a Little Harmless Sex’ (1998). Later, she starred in several independent movies including ‘A Walk in the Park’ (1999), ‘Two Shades of Blue’ (2000), ‘Rock Star’ (2001), ‘Pendulum’ (2001), and ‘Redemption of the Ghost’ (2002). In 2003, she appeared as the sultry mother in the music video of the song ‘Stacy’s Mom’, by the American power pop band, ‘Fountains of Wayne’. In 2004, she agreed to pose nude for the ‘Playboy’ magazine for which she was reported to have been paid a hefty sum of $1.8 million. She appeared as a contestant on the United States reality television series ‘Dancing with the Stars’, and its British forerunner, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. In 2005, she became the host of ‘Make Me A Supermodel’, a reality show for Britain’s Five TV channel. In 2006, she hosted a reality program for U.S. cable TV channel, ‘Style Me With Rachel Hunter’. The contestants on the show participated in a series of fashion challenges to prove that they were capable of being her stylist. In 2007, she launched a fashion line by the name ‘Lola’, a range of cutting edge swimsuits that are affordable and possess the same sense of style, sexiness, and originality she has seen on fashion runways around the world. In 2008, she launched an affordable but stylish women’s clothing line with ‘The Warehouse’ chain in New Zealand. She also featured in several other movies such as ‘The Benchwarmers’ (2006), ‘Confessions of a Go-Go Girl’ (2008), ‘The Perfect Assistant’ (2008), and the science fiction TV movies ‘Piranhaconda’ (2011) and ‘Swamp Volcano’ (2012). She serves as an ambassador of the ‘Born Free Foundation’, an organization that helps to prevent animal suffering, protect threatened species, and keep wildlife in the wild. She also established the ‘Rachel Hunter Lowland Gorilla Fund’.

Personal Life & Legacy

On December 15, 1990, Rachel married British rock star Rod Stewart, who was 24 years her senior. The couple was blessed with two children, Renee and Liam. In January 1999, the couple got separated, and finally filed for divorce in 2005 which was officially granted on. Having signed a pre-nuptial agreement, she claimed a lump sum plus full financial support for her children. Since her divorce, she has been romantically linked with other stars such as Bruce Willis, Michael Weatherly, Kevin Costner, Robbie Williams, Wes Scantlin, and Tommy Lee. Later she became engaged to Jarret Stoll, an NHL hockey player who was 13 years her junior, but the wedding was called off.

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