In honor of my visit to Auckland, New Zealand the other day, I decided to give you an update on one of the girls who made it to the oversees trip to that beautiful city. For all you “America’s Next Top Model” buffs, you know thats the Cycle 14 girls of Alasia, Jessica, Alexandra, Angelea, Raina and eventual winner Krista White. My personal favorite was Raina Hein, so that’s who I’m going to give you an update this week on. According to a lot of comments on my previous posts, she’s one of your faves as well, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one.
With her French, German, and Belgian heritage, Raina stood out from the rest with her unique exotic beauty. Plus those piercing eyes and thick bushy eyebrows didn’t hurt either. Before being cast on ANTM’s fourteenth cycle, Hein played for a two-time NCAA National Championship volleyball team. During her tie on ANTM, she was referred to as a mix of Denise Richards and Brooke Shields. So very true.
In her post-ANTM career, Hein has worked regularly scoring jobs domestically and internationally. Just looking at a few of her features in Seventeen, Harper’s Bazaar (Arabia, UK & HK), Cosmopolitan (Indonesia), Glamor and Women’s Health Magazine illustrates that perfectly. Besides print work, Raina has also appeared in commercials for Macy’s and Anytime Fitness. Her runway credits include Rachel Roy, Anna Sui, Macy’s, and Bebe. Fun fact, she also starred in this year’s Grammy Best New Artist Ben Iver’s music video for “Calgary“. Check out a sampling of Raina’s post-ANTM work below.
ANTM Elimination Photo
Til this day, Krista winning over Raina still baffles me, especially considering why the judges claimed they picked Krista. They admitted, they loved Raina’s fresh face, stronger portfolio and even said Raina was better in the final CoverGirl challenge than Krista. With all that positive feedback, you’d think she would’ve been a shoo-in for the win. Alas not, because they thought Krista had a better chance at an international career. LMFAO. I don’t think that needs any further comment.
With ANTM’s next cycle beginning in two weeks, I only have room for one more ANTM udpate. Since I’m now in Australia, I decided I’m going to choose a girl from the cycle where they went to Sydney as the oversees trip. See if you can correctly predict, which girl that will be. Post all your guess below.