Rachel Hunter On The Pressures Of Hollywood And Why She Won’t Get Plastic Surgery

Just because you are a supermodel, doesn’t mean you don’t feel the pressures of Hollywood — just ask Rachel Hunter.

The 46-year-old former Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model recently spoke about the pressures she has faced in the entertainment industry, and admitted that she once contemplated having plastic surgery to fix her “flaws.”

“In real life I was fairly happy with myself. In photos I was horrified,” she said while speaking at the Television Critics Association winter meeting on Tuesday, January 5, according to Page Six. “People were like, ‘Why don’t you get rid of those deep lines (around her mouth)?’ “

“I was very much considering plastic surgery, and then I had an amazing opportunity to go on this journey which really changed my view on the whole idea of it,” she told FOX411. “That moment of beauty when a woman actually feels beautiful— it’s the synchronicity between internal and external that have to have this amazing harmony moment.”

The journey Rachel Hunter is referring to is documented on her new show, Rachel Hunter’s Tour of Beauty. In the show, Hunter is seen traveling to other countries like Fiji, Morocco, and Greece, where she learns about beauty and how other cultures go about embracing it.

“After going on this journey and seeing other cultures, away went that superficial idea of beauty,” she explained. “There is nothing more beautiful than seeing someone smile.”

Rachel went on to say that she believes Hollywood’s idea of beauty needs to be “shattered.” The perfect body, hair, and face aren’t what makes a person beautiful, and more women and men need to learn to embrace that they are beautiful no matter how they look. Hunter doesn’t think people should have to conform to other’s ideas of what beautiful is.

“When I first started modeling, the idea of what beauty was — that certain look,” she said. “I think the ideas of beauty are old and need to be shattered and there is individuality and the importance of being joyful and happy and connected and self-acceptance is extremely important of the wellbeing of women and men.”

Hunter, who has two grown children with her ex-husband, Rod Stewart, who she split from in 1999, said rather than giving her kids advice on beauty, she takes the opportunity to learn from them.

“I actually learn from my kids to be honest. I tell them to breathe,” she said. “You take that moment; you are so centered. How could you be anything else but you? There is no one else like me; there is no one else like you. I just want them to be them.”

While Rachel is picking up some new beauty tips while she is taking her journey, she also has some tips of her own. During an August, 2015, interview, Hunter opened up to Viva’s beauty editor, Janetta Mackay, about her beauty secrets and those she has picked up along the way. Hunter confesses that she is no good at doing her own makeup and must have her mascara at all times.

“When we were in Morocco we went to a hamman [bath house] and it really made me realize that we have these incredible bodies and to take care of them beauty-wise is really important,” she said. “I exfoliate [my face] and all that, but I think your body needs nourishing, too. Through eating right, exfoliating, moisturising, all those things, I have understood more about taking extra good care all over.”

Rachel Hunter’s 13-episode show, Rachel Hunter’s Tour of Beauty, will debut on Ovation on January 17. Will you be tuning in? Leave your comments below.

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