Rachel Hunter

Rachel Hunter

Born: September 8, 1969
Age: 49
Birthplace: Glenfield, Auckland, New Zealand
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Rachel Hunter (born 8 September 1969) 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. She has been on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue twice; in 1994 and 2006.


Early life

Hunter was born in Glenfield, a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. Her parents divorced when she was still a child. As child she wanted to be a ballet dancer, but was diagnosed with a rare blood disease which curtailed her dancing ambitions.

Modeling 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 her career at age 17, modeling in Australia and New Zealand, appearing in "Australian Vogue", "Harper's Bazaar", "Australian Cosmopolitan" and for various campaigns throughout New Zealand and Australia. She became the face of Tip Top Ice-Cream in New Zealand and was the "Trumpet Girl". She was quickly signed up to Ford Models and immediately embarked on a successful career, landing a Cover Girl cosmetics contract and becoming the spokesperson for the company for quite a few years. Hunter rose to global prominence after posing as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model in 1989. She subsequently appeared on magazine covers, including Cosmopolitan and on the 1994 "Dream Team" cover of Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue with other Supermodels Elle MacPherson and Kathy Ireland,and again graced its cover, this time solo, 12 years later in 2006. Hunter also appeared on 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.

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

Film and television

Hunter first appeared on television in 1985 in an advertisement for a New Zealand Ice-Cream brand promoting their "Trumpet" ice-cream.

Hunter guest starred in a 1997 episode of The Drew Carey Show as herself. She has 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. 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), the science fiction TV movies Piranhaconda (2011) and Swamp Volcano, aka Miami Magma (2012).

She appeared as a judge on New Zealand's Got Talent from 2012 to 2013. 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.

Film and television work

Title Role Year
Rachel Hunter's Tour of Beauty Herself 2015
Her Infidelity Lily 2015
Soul Mates Carly 2014
The Banksters, Madoff with America Mimi 2013
New Zealand's Got Talent Herself 2012-2013
Swamp Volcano Antoinette Vitrini 2012
RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars Herself 2012
Awakening World (documentary) Herself 2012
Pirhanaconda Talia 2012
A Matter of Justice Nicole Ibiza 2011
Miami Magma (aka "World on Fire") Antoinette 2011
The Brazen Bull Det. Vinyec 2010
Gravity Shawna 2010
2010 World Music Awards Herself 2010
10 Things I Hate About You Herself 2010
She's Got the Look Guest judge 2008-2010
Black Widow (2010 film) Dr. Laura 2010
Sunrise (TV series) Herself 2010
Perfect Catch Herself 2010
The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest Herself 2009
Entertainment Tonight Herself 2009
Jordon Saffron: Taste This! Nikki 2009
Loose Women Herself 2008
Celebrity Circus (TV series) Herself 2008
Confessions of a Go-Go Girl Donna 2008
The Perfect Assistant Judith 2008
La Cucina Jude 2007
Phenomenon Herself 2007
Canada AM Herself 2007
7-10 Split Chiropractor 2007
Mexican American Jacqueline 2007
Dead Write Jade 2007
The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet Herself 2007
Ozzie Beth Morton 2006
Celebrity Paranormal Project Herself 2006
Make Me a Supermodel Herself 2006
The Sharon Osbourne Show Herself 2006
The Tyra Banks Show Herself 2005-2006
You Can't Fire Me, I'm Famous (TV series) Herself 2006
Howard Stern on Demand Herself 2006
Style Me (TV series) Herself 2006
Playboy: Celebrity Centerfolds (TV movie documentary) Herself 2006
Keith Barry: Extraordinary (TV movie) Herself 2006
Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit 2006 (TV movie) Herself 2006
Fox & Friends Herself 2006
Graham Norton's Bigger Picture Herself 2006
The Benchwarmers Hot mother 2006
I.R.A.: King of Nothing British intelligence agent 2006
MADtv Herself 2006
The 32nd Annual People's Choice Awards (TV special documentary) Herself 2006
E! True Hollywood Story (TV series documentary) Herself 2006
Final Move Iris Quarrie 2006
Freezerburn Holly Hardin 2005
You and Your Stupid Mate Karen 2005
MorphMan Hayley Anderson 2005
Strictly Come Dancing Herself 2005
Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two (TV series documentary) Herself 2005
Lingo (TV series) Herself 2005
Living with Fran Herself 2005
The 2005 World Music Awards (TV special) Herself 2005
Richard and Judy (TV series) Herself 2005
Bra Wars: Boom or Bust (documentary) Herself 2005
Dancing with the Stars Herself 2005
Sports Illustrated 40th Anniversary Swimsuit Special: American Beauty (documentary) Herself 2004
Christmas in Tinseltown (TV short documentary) Herself 2004
The Real Gilligan's Island (TV series) Herself 2004
FilmFakers (TV series) Herself 2004
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest (TV series) Herself 2004
Howard Stern (TV series) Herself 2000-2004
This Morning (TV series) Herself 2004
10 Things Every Guy Should Experience (TV series documentary) Herself 2004
Making the Video (TV series documentary) Stacy's mom 2004
The Vicar of Dibley Herself 2004
El Padrino Newscaster 2004
Haunted Lighthouse (short) Rich widow 2003
Tussen de sterren (TV documentary) Herself 2003
V Graham Norton Herself 2003
Today with Des and Mel (TV series) Herself 2003
The Late Late Show (TV series) Herself 2003
Are You Hot? The Search for America's Sexiest People Herself 2003
VH-1 Where Are They Now (TV series documentary) Herself 2002
Redemption of the Ghost Gloria 2002
Rock Star A.C.'s wife 2001
Everyday Elegance: Make Room for Baby (TV series) Herself 2001
An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson (TV movie documentary) Herself 2001
The Howard Stern Radio Show (TV series) Herself 2000-2001
Pendulum Amanda Reeve 2001
Boys Klub The Goddess 2001
MacArthur Park Karen 2001
Best Actress (TV movie) Fiona Covington 2000
VH1 Divas 2000: A Tribute to Diana Ross (TV special) Herself 2000
Stars in Their Eyes (TV series) Herself / Marilyn Monroe 2000
TFI Friday (TV series) Herself 1996-2000
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards (TV special) Herself 2000
Bra Wars (TV movie documentary) Herself 2000
Style World (TV series) Herself 2000
Tripfall Gina Williams 2000
A Walk in the Park Sally's sister 1999
Winding Roads Kelly Simmons 1999
Two Shades of Blue Susan Price 1999
Suddenly Susan Meegan Garrity 1999
Just a Little Harmless Sex Marilyn 1998
The Drew Carey Show Herself 1997
MTV Music Video Awards 1996 (TV special) Herself 1996
Very Important Pennis (TV series) Herself 1996
The Oprah Winfrey Show (TV series) Herself 1995
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV series) Herself 1994-1995
CBS This Morning (TV series) Herself 1995
Ford Supermodel of the World (TV movie) Herself 1995
Mad About You Herself 1995
Sports Illustrated 1994 Swimsuit Issue Video (video documentary) Herself 1994
1993 MTV Movie Awards (TV special) Herself 1993
Good Morning America (TV series) Herself 1993
The 1993 World Music Awards (TV special) Herself 1993
Vicki! (TV series) Herself 1992
Shortland Street Herself 1992
The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards (TV special) Herself 1991
Ford Supermodel of the World 1991 (TV special) Herself 1991
Late Night with David Letterman (TV series) Herself 1990
Making of the Sports Illustrated 25th Anniversary Swimsuit Issue Herself 1989

Personal life

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In the late 1980s Hunter lived with rock musician Kip Winger. Winger stated after their relationship ended that he was left heartbroken when Hunter left him for Rod Stewart.

At the age of 21, Hunter met rock star Rod Stewart, 24 years her senior in an LA nightclub, and they were married 3 months later at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills, CA on 15 December 1990. Together they have two children, Renee (b1992),and Liam (b1994). They separated in January 1999 after nine years of marriage, and their divorce was finalized on 2 November 2006.

She had a year-long relationship with Canadian NHL hockey player Sean Avery, and in 2006 began a 3-year relationship with Jarret Stoll, 13 years her junior, also a Canadian NHL player who played for and won the Stanley Cup with the Los Angeles Kings. Her Son Liam was a junior player being mentored by him while playing for the LA Kings Juniors when they first met. Stoll proposed to Hunter in 2008 whilst he accompanied her on a trip home to her native New Zealand later that year and they were due to marry on 14 August 2009, but the event was called off by Stoll just weeks prior to their wedding date.

Hunter is a supporter of the Born Free Foundation.


Rachel Hunter supports the following charitable causes: AIDS, Cancer, Children.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]