Who is Raina Hein?
Raina Hein was born on 18 July 1987, in Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA, and is a fashion model as well as an actress, best known for competing during the 14th cycle of “America’s Next Top Model” in which she finished as the runner-up. Since then, she’s appeared in numerous publications, and has also done acting work.
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The Net Worth of Raina Hein
How rich is Raina Hein? As of late-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is over , earned through success in her various endeavors. She’s been active in the modelling industry since 2006, and the majority of her wealth comes from modelling projects with high profile brands.
Early Life and Education
Raina was raised by her parents in Minnesota alongside a brother. At a young age, she didn’t think that she would become a model, as she was an awkward, quiet nerd, very shy and as a result didn’t have a lot of friends. During high school, a lot of her peers and teachers discovered her talent for volleyball, which would eventually lead her to a scholarship thanks to the sport.
She enrolled at Concordia University of St. Paul, to complete a degree in mass communications. The liberal arts university is located in Minnesota, and has history dating back to 1893. It has over 5,000 students enrolled annually, and is a member of the Concordia University System which operates the second largest Lutheran church body in the US. She completed her degree in 2010, though prior to her graduation, she had already started to establish her career as a model.
America’s Next Top Model and Rise to Fame
Prior to starting her college education, Hein was chosen to become one of the 13 girls who would compete in the show “America’s Next Top Model” in New York. The reality TV competition show follows aspiring models who aim to win the title of America’s Next Top Model, and kick start their careers as professional models. The show was created by Tyra Banks, and is the originator of the “Top Model” franchise which has 30 versions internationally. During her time with the show, she had her highs and lows – she led the girls in several episodes, although in one she was in danger of elimination, due to her lack of experience with edgy photos.
She eventually made it to the finals of the show, where she competed against Krista White. She received a lot of compliments for her photos, fresh look, and cover girl quality, but the judges felt that Krista would become more of an international star, leading Hein to finish as the runner-up of the cycle. This did not derail her career, however, as soon after the show, she started being featured in numerous publications, including “Cliché Botique”, “Seventeen Magazine”, “Metro Magazine”, “Cosmopolitan Indonesia”, and “Glamor Couture Magazine”.
After completing her degree, Raina started travelling around the world to do modelling work. She continued her publication work with projects in “Women’s Health Magazine”, and “Treats Magazine”. She stayed in Hong Kong for three months for a modelling contract, and some of the companies she’s modelled for include Anytime Fitness, McDonald’s, and Domyos. She’s also done catwalk modelling for brands such as Vera Wang, Macy’s, and Rachel Roye. She signed with Paris’ Major Model Management, and then made a couple of music video appearances.
She had her first acting role in the mockumentary entitled “Masquerade”, which follows the story of two child actors who try to regain the fame they once had. In 2012, she worked on the parody of the Lady Gaga song “Bad Romance” entitled “Bat Romance”, which follows several Batman characters as they express their love for him; she portrayed the character Catwoman in the music video. One of her latest projects is the independent film entitled “Zombies”, which as the title denotes, follows several characters as they navigate a world ridden with zombies. She was also one of the brides featured in the Maroon 5 music video, “Sugar”.
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Personal Life and Social Media
For her personal life, it is known that Hein married professional American Football player Rhett Ellison in 2016 after a year of being engaged. He is known for playing in the National Football League (NFL) as a fullback for the New York Giants since 2012. The two have a child together. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys dancing. She also knows how to handle and operate guns. She has expressed her interest in acting several times, and dreams of working with high profile actors.
Similar to numerous professional models, she is active online through accounts on social media, particularly on Instagram on which she has over 128,000 followers. She uses the platform to showcase her life away from work, which she often spends with family. She loves spending time outdoors, and does her best to support her husband’s games, going to them along with their child. She also has a Facebook page with around 270,000 followers, and she posts photos there similar to that of her Instagram account. Another account she has is on Twitter, with over 33,000 followers – her photos are similar to most of her other accounts with a few exceptions. At times, she uses the platform to express some of her day to day thoughts and experiences.