Born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Rachel dreamed of being a ballerina from an early age. Her dreams of dancing were not to come true, because by the age of 17 Rachel was working as an international model.
Rachel posed for Sports Illustrated magazine in 1989 and quickly became one of the most photographed cover girls in the world.
As one of the world's most instantly recognizable models, Rachel graced the covers of hundreds of magazines including Vogue, Sports Illustrated and Elle to name a few. She has been the face of Covergirl, Revlon and Pantene.
Rachel has recently branched out into acting, and has appeared in numerous feature and independent films, including Rock Star, El Padrino, Ozzie, Macarthur Park and 12 Rounds. TV work includes playing Judd Nelson's lesbian girlfriend on Suddenly Susan and appearances on The Drew Carey Show. Rachel also hosted ABC's Are You Hot.
Last year, Rachel starred in the title role of the Fountains of Wayne song Stacey's Mom. The video was among the top five most viewed videos of the year.
At just 21, Rachel married legendary rock star Rod Stewart. The marriage was not to last, but it did produce two beautiful children Renee (13) and Liam (11), who live with Rachel in Los Angeles.