‘Kiwi-girl-come-good’ and international supermodel Rachel Hunter needs no introduction.
She’s been a household name in New Zealand and overseas since she was a teenager, spending her life in front of the camera.
Not only was she one of the most photographed international cover models in the world, she has numerous acting credits including appearances on popular US TV programmes, music videos and feature films.
She’s no stranger to reality television either, appearing on Dancing with Stars,The Real Gilligan’s Island and BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, as well as being in the judging seat for How Hot? and host on Britain’s Make Me A Supermodeland US cable show Style Me With Rachel Hunter.
The mother-of-two will relocate from Los Angeles for the show, and says she is “super-excited to get a chance to discover just how talented Kiwis are!"
Rachel is the nation's sweetheart... affectionately known as 'Our Rachel' in NZ. She will be the kind, encouraging and soft one and the voice of the empathetic viewer at home.
Rachel will know just the right thing to say to relax performers on stage and she won't hesitate to jump up on stage to provide a cuddle or to join in an act, if that's what it takes to help the performers achieve their best.
Rachel may also have to play mediator between Ali and Jason … but will also know when to dig her 6-inch stiletto heels in and stand her own ground!
Rachel Hunter (born 9 September 1969) is a New Zealand born model, actress and reality TV show host, who is a naturalised citizen of the United States.
Rachel is best known for her international modeling career success and her marriage to singer Rod Stewart, which ended in 2006.
Born in Auckland, Rachel burst onto the international modeling scene in 1986 at age 17. She quickly rose to prominence after posing as a Sports Illustratedmodel in 1989 and became one of the most photographed international cover models in the world.
More recently, Rachel has been taking acting lessons and building her acting resume. Beginning with several television appearances on The Drew Carey Show and Suddenly Susan, Rachel quickly made the transition into feature films and recently completed her seventh independent film.
Her film credits include A Walk in the Park,Two Shades of Blue and Just a Little Harmless Sex, among others.
She has appeared in a number of music videos, including the chart topping Stacey’s Momby Fountains of Wayne. Rachel has also appeared on a variety of reality television programmes, including Dancing with the Stars and the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.
In 2007 Rachel launched Lola by Rachel Hunter, a range of cutting edge swimsuits that are affordable and possess the same sense of style, sexiness and originality she’s seen on fashion runways around the world.
In 2008 Rachel launched an affordable but stylish women’s clothing line with ‘The Warehouse’ chain in NZ.
She currently resides in Los Angeles where she juggles modeling and acting careers with her role of mother to her son Liam and daughter Renee, whom she shares with Rod Stewart.
She most recently appeared on New Zealand Television on ONE’s Intrepid Journey series. Hunter ditched the fake tan and hair-straighteners for a backpacking adventure to the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
The experience, she said, took her "a world away from the life I know".
More familiar with a champagne and caviar Hollywood lifestyle, Hunter spent several days in November filming among leeches and camping in the jungle in search of wild orangutans. She met the locals of Bandeh Aceh who have recovered from the devastating 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in which tens of thousands of people were killed in the region.
The experience casts the celebrity mum in a reflective mood and she talks frankly onscreen about where she is at in her life and career, and a desire to return to live in New Zealand.
She confesses, too, to often feeling "socially inept" and credits this as the reason for her love of animals.
Rachel is an ambassador to the Born Free Foundation, an organization that helps to prevent animal suffering, protect threatened species and keep wildlife in the wild. She established the Rachel Hunter Gorilla Fund.
Rachel, alert to the plight of the great apes, first contacted Born Free in 2000, and made an almost immediate 40-hour dash from the US to Africa, in a desperate bid to raise public awareness and funds for gorillas.
Unable to gain secure access into Kahuzi Biega National Park in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, the park’s 6000 km range being 95% under rebel control, Rachel and the Born Free team, led by world gorilla authority Ian Redmond, traveled 10 hours south west from Entebbe, Uganda, into the Virunga mountains.
Since that dramatic first experience, Rachel has returned to Africa, to the Limbe Wildlife Centre in Cameroon to visit rescued primates and continues to be a great advocate for Born Free. “I feel passionately about protecting the natural world and with Born Free my support gets real results”.