Heather Rae


Heather Rae Young may currently be making headlines for her role in Netflix’s Selling Sunset and her relationship with HGTV star Tarek El Moussa, but the real estate expert has been used to having all eyes on her for many years now.

Before starting her career as a high-end real estate agent, the 32-year-old was a model by trade, landing her big break as Playboy’s Miss February back in 2010. She recently chatted with the magazine about how her time as a Playmate changed her life for the better — and revealed that does not regret posing nude.

“It was an amazing experience,” Young told the famous men’s magazine of her time with the brand. “I would never take it back. I believe everything happens for a reason. I really, truly do. If I hadn’t posed for Playboy, I wouldn’t have met the people who led me to where I am now.”

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Heather Rae Young, right, pictured with Ne-Yo CREDIT: MATTHEW J. LEE/THE BOSTON GLOBE VIA GETTY

As a self-proclaimed “small-town girl” from Big Bear, California, Young says shooting for Playboy taught her how to be good in front of crowds, and how to work a camera — something that has come in handy while filming her reality show Selling Sunset. The Netflix series, which is now streaming its second season, follows her and her coworkers at The Oppenheim Group in Los Angeles, a real estate firm that specializes in high-profile and high net-worth clientele.

“Meeting fans as a Playmate prepped me for the fans I have now, from the show,” she added. “I talk to everyone. I take photos with everyone. It has changed my life.”