Who is Rhea Durham?
Rhea Durham was born on 1 July 1978, in Lakeland, Florida, USA, and is a professional model, but better known for being the wife of actor Mark Wahlberg. However, she’s appeared in numerous high profile magazines such as “Marie Claire”, “Elle”, and “Vogue”, and was a part of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show for two years.
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The Net Worth of Rhea Durham
Rhea Durham has travelled internationally, and earned a significant sum from her various modelling projects. She has a net worth estimated to be over $20 million, and not limited to that, she also enjoys the luxury afforded her by her husband who has a net worth of over $255 million.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
Rhea grew up as a part of a middle class family, and was raised alongside two younger siblings. She attended Lakeland Senior High School in her hometown, a public school and the original high school in the city, sharing its campus with the Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts.
At the age of 15, she was discovered by a modelling scout while she was in a mall, and was subsequently offered her a modelling contract, which she accepted, and started travelling as a part of her work, including to New York and Paris for training and several assignments. As the years progressed, she started to do fashion shows, and also appeared in advertising campaigns, leading her to be noticed by luxury brands.
After working on the catwalk for several companies in Milan and Paris, she signed contracts with several. She also started to be featured in publications, beginning with “Marie Claire”. The French originated magazine is now published internationally in numerous languages, and often features women from around the world, while tackling global issues, health, fashion, and beauty topics. Rhea also appeared on the cover of “Vogue Paris” which has been in publication since 1920. The magazine covers numerous topics such as beauty, fashion, culture, and lifestyle. It was a weekly newspaper before it became a monthly magazine publication many years later.
Rhea also appeared on the cover of “ELLE”, which is a French originated lifestyle magazine with a focus on fashion, entertainment, beauty and health. It was founded in 1945, and its title means “she” or “her” in French. In 2000, she signed with Victoria’s Secret, and became a part of their annual Fashion Show for two years, which is often used to market its goods in high profile settings, with numerous popular models signed with the company called Victoria’s Secret Angels. At around the same time, she signed a deal with Revlon, and also made a guest appearance in the TV series “Spin City”.
Husband – Mark Wahlberg
Wahlberg started his career using the moniker Marky Mark, working as a member of the band called Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. As a rapper and hip-hop artist, he released albums such as “You Gotta Believe”, and “Music for the People”, but then decided to pursue a career in acting, appearing in films such as “Renaissance Man” and “Fear”. His performance in “Boogie Nights” as the character Dirk Diggler would earn him critical acclaim, establishing him in this new career direction.
In the 2000s, he started taking more action oriented films, appearing in hits including “Planet of the Apes”, “The Italian Job”, and “The Departed” – for his role in the latter, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 2010, he played the role of Micky Ward in “The Fighter”, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. During the next decade, he focused on more comedy roles such as “Daddy’s Home”, “Ted”, and its sequel “Ted 2”. He was given a starring role in the “Transformers” live action film franchise in 2014. He’s also achieved success on television with projects such as “Boardwalk Empire” and “Entourage”. Thanks to his numerous successful projects, he was listed as one of the highest paid actors of 2017, and his achievements have led him to be awarded a Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
One of Rhea’s first notable relationships was with the owner of the agency Model Scout, Ward Cottrell. After that relationship, it was reported in 2001 that she began dating Mark Wahlberg. The two met at a New York press event and stayed together for the next eight years, having three children in the process. She later converted to Catholicism, and in 2009, the two married in a ceremony held in Beverly Hills. They had their fourth child a year later.
When talking about her family time, she mentioned that she enjoys the idea of family traditions. Despite the work she gets, she manages to juggle her time effectively and stays positive. She’s had a bit of controversy during her career, due to her public criticism of several celebrities. She once commented negatively on the fashion sense of both Justin Bieber and Harry Styles, which attracted the ire of their fans. She also criticized Este Lauder for choosing Kendall Jenner as the new face of their brand and criticized “People” magazine for selecting Chris Hemsworth as their sexiest man of the year.