Rachel Hunter returns to modelling 30 years after she first appeared on the cover of Vogue


THIRTY years after she appeared on the cover of Vogue Australia as a teenager Rachel Hunter has returned as the face of women’s fashion brand Jacqui E.

The former supermodel, who shot to fame in the late 80s and 90s and was married to rock star Rod Stewart, is excited to return to modelling at 47.

“Australian Vogue took a big chance on having me come over here and do a cover with them and here I am 30 years later,” she says.

“It’s great to come back into the Australian market which I had not been in a long long time. It’s been amazing to step back into those (modelling) shoes at 47 years old.”

“Jacqui E is modern, it’s for working mums, so the synergy between the two of us works well. Their clothing is for someone who is in the age bracket I’m in and you can look sexy and chic and respected. For a brand to take on someone who is age appropriate is a tip of the hat to them.”

Hunter, mother to 25-year-old Renee and 23-year-old Liam to Stewart, says she doesn’t shy away from her age.

“There’s on escape, I have no problem, I’m 48 this year. I can’t hide it,” she says.

“The last thing I want to do is put pressures on women to look and be a certain way. I want to represent people who embrace themselves as individuals and individual beauty as well.”

The blonde beauty has had one of the toughest years of her life, losing her mother Janeen Phillips in May.

“A death of a matriarch in a family teaches you many things. You can either go down the rabbit hole, which was very hard because she was clearly one of the most important human beings in my life, but I think that the other side of it is to teach you the lessons and to really look at things differently and I’ve really taken that on,” she says.

The former Sports Illustrated swimwear star hopes to spend more time with daughter Renee, a model and photographer, and son Liam, who is a professional ice hockey player.

“The importance of family to me is so huge and become bigger since mums passing,” she says.

Hunter and Stewart, married from 1990 to 2006, have remained close and still share family time together with his third wife Penny and their children.

“Rod was an extremely important part of my life and he is amazing, I think that openness and togetherness is important,” she says.

Spending more time in New Zealand over the last 18 months of her mother’s life has reignited Hunter’s passion for her home country as well as Australia and she hopes to spend more time down under after spending the majority of the last 30 years in the US.

“I need and want to spend more time down here, (her mother’s death) it’s made me grow up and take more responsibilities with a lot of stuff. Our bonds are tight down here and we’re very lucky,” she says.Read more at:amazing formal dresses | cheap formal dresses australia