• Raina Hein is an American fashion model and actress with a net worth of over $500,000.
• She grew up in Minnesota and competed in the 14th cycle of “America’s Next Top Model”, finishing as runner-up.
• She has been featured in numerous publications and has done catwalk modelling for high profile brands.
• She has also appeared in music videos and acted in the mockumentary “Masquerade” and the film “Zombies”.
• She is married to professional American Football player Rhett Ellison and the couple has a child together.

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FactA Volleyball player who received a scholarship to go to college for volleyball.

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, probably best known for competing in the 14th cycle of “America’s Next Top Model”, finishing as the runner-up. Since then, she’s appeared in numerous publications, and has also done acting work.

The Net Worth of Raina Hein

How rich is Raina Hein? As of mid-2024, sources inform us of an estimated net worth that is close to $1 million , 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,  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, 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.

Raina Hein

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. Aspiring models aim to win and so 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 didn’t 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”.


Recent Projects

After completing her degree, Raina started travelling around the world to do modelling work, including staying in Hong Kong for three months for a modelling contract. She continued her publication work too, with projects in “Women’s Health Magazine”, and “Treats Magazine”. 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”.

Personal Life and Social Media

It’s known that Hein married professional American Football player Rhett Ellison in 2016, after a year-long engagement. He’s 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’s fluent in Spanish, and enjoys dancing. She also knows how to handle and operate guns.

She’s expressed her interest in acting several times, and dreams of working with high profile actors.

Similar to numerous professional models, shes active online through accounts on social media, particularly on Instagram, using 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 has a Facebook page with around 270,000 followers, and posts photos there similar to that of her Instagram account. Another account she has is on Twitter – 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.

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