Heather Rae Young is quickly becoming a household name. The 32-year-old's rise to fame started on Netflix's Selling Sunset, a docusoap that follows a group of boss lady real estate agents as they sell some of the most luxurious mansions in Los Angeles. A couple months after she made her Netflix debut, she started making more headlines after news broke that she was dating HGTV's Tarek El Moussa. Last month, the couple got engaged and we've never been more excited!
But who really is Heather Rae Young? And how did she end up where she is today? Here are 12 things you might not know about the real-estate-agent-turned-TV-star.
She used to model for Playboy
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Young was Playboy magazine's Miss February in 2010 and has posed for the magazine several times, including nude shots. In an interview with Playboy this past May, she reflects on her time as a Playmate. For Young, it was a gratifying experience. "If I hadn’t posed for Playboy, I wouldn’t have met the people who led me to where I am now," she says, noting that "Playboy got me used to being in front of crowds and being good on camera."
@MsTierraLee no not full vegan.
I eat chicken and turkey.
See u at camp :)
— Heather Rae Young (@HeatherRaeYoung) May 9, 2011
Well... kinda. Throughout Selling Sunset, Young often opts for vegan food. However, she revealed on Twitter that she does make a few exceptions.
She's a former pilates instructor
Not sure you guys know this about me but I used to be a reformer Pilates instructor! It was such a fun time of my life as fitness and health are passions of mine. There was something about seeing people’s lives change because of something I was doing. I loved pushing my clients beyond what they thought their bodies could do. - How cute is my new outfit from my girlfriend who owns a Pilates studio in Texas. I’m wearing @methodactive Use code heather for free US shipping! Have you guys tried Pilates? It’s harder than you think! I promise!
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Young revealed on Instagram that she used to teach pilates. "It was such a fun time of my life as fitness and health are passions of mine," she writes, adding that she enjoyed helping clients push through boundaries and work to change their lives.
She has a dog named Harley
I get stopped on a daily basis with people asking me what kind of dog Harley is, and what breeder I got him from. No breeder, I rescued him through @bunnysbuddies from South Korea’s meat market. He’s my little sidekick & bundle of joy. Tell me your pup pups name and what breed? 🐶
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Young has an adorable brown pooch that she rescued from Bunny's Buddies, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving dogs from slaughterhouses, shelters, and dog meat farms in China & South Korea.
She owns a Ferrari
I’ve had the best birthday with the best man @therealtarekelmoussa . . Yes this is a gushy post, but I just can’t help it. I waited 32 years to meet this special man. I’m a hopeless romantic to my core and always believed in true love. My advice is to wait & don’t settle for anything less. . On our first date he asked me what my dream car was...... I said a white Ferarri. 🤣❤️❤️ and....... #soulmates
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For her 32nd birthday, Tarek El Moussa bought her a Ferrari. NBD, right?
She's been on TV before Selling Sunset
She currently co-hosts a podcast
So much more coming up on mine & @iamjessicahall podcast #flashbacks with @actionparkmedia can’t wait for you to hear all about my engagement on our next episode coming out this Friday! - Make sure to tune in!!! And Season 3 of #sellingsunset airs this Friday August 7th only on @netflix - Tag below who you would love to hear us interview.
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Young currently co-hosts a podcast called Flashback with radio personality Jessica Hall, who you may recognize from E! network's original reality show Kendra. In each episode, the ladies unearth some major throwback moments as well as reflect on simpler times (like before podcasts were even a thing!). Not to mention to celebrity guests join in on the fun. You can listen to Flashbacks here.
She's a Virgo
Thank u to my amazing friends for making me feel so special on my b day. This pic was from an early b day celebration 3 weeks ago. Celebrating all month!! Ha ha Bye bye Minnesota ✌🏻️next stop LA ✈️🎈🎉🎈 Cheers!!!! Xoxox
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Young was born on September 16, 1987, in Anaheim, California. She is currently 32 years old.
She's been a ring girl
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Before studying to become a real estate agent at 27 years old, Young worked a couple of different gigs. It's clear she was destined to be in the spotlight.
She gets along well with El Moussa's kids and ex-wife
I got the golden ticket ❤️❤️❤️ - Happy Sunday everyone!! Wait for a man that happily wears matching jammies in public with you and the fam. 😍 Throwback to our Polar Express adventure. - Stay safe, healthy & happy!!! - Sunday stay at home plans? We are having a slow Sunday morning. It’s my favorite day of the week, I usually get up before Tarek & I’ll have quiet time to read, clean, and watch my fav chick flicks.
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From the get-go, the Selling Sunset star has become like a second mom to El Moussa's kids Taylor and Brayden. She was included in the family's holiday photo and even took Taylor dress shopping before her school dance. Young also has a good relationship with El Moussa's ex-wife, Christina Anstead. The ladies occasionally text each other and share recipes.
She's gotten at least 20 tattoos, but has had most of them removed
Scroll through Young's Instagram and you may notice her unique tattoo collection on her wrist, which includes a small paw print, a musical note, and a number. However, this isn't the only ink Young has ever gotten.
Been on the go go go. We were in Orlando for @therealtarekelmoussa speaking engagement and last minute we decided to take a mini R&R trip to Miami. . It’s so beautiful here and this is my favorite hotel, they have tons of plant based options so that makes me smile!!!! . What’s your favorite spot in Miami & why? We need some dinner suggestions.... craving Asian fusion!!!
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According to her Twitter, had at least 14 unwanted tattoos removed. Although we're unsure which tattoos she got removed, she notes "think before u get big color tattoos."
#14 tattoo removal today. Eye on the prize should only be about 4-5 more. Think before u get big color tattoos 🙈
— Heather Rae Young (@HeatherRaeYoung) May 2, 2014
@laseraway you did it again!! No pain no gain.... I made the mistake of getting a few unwanted tattoos.... let's be honest a few 🍷🥂🍸 may have been involved 🤦🏼♀️ But thanks to #laseraway they will be gone soon !!!
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She had a long-distance boyfriend when she met Tarek El Moussa
In season one of Selling Sunset, you may recall that Young was dating a hockey player named Nick. At the time, he had been scouted to play in Sweden, followed by Slovakia, making the relationship extremely hard to maintain (Young was flying back and forth to see him). When Young first met El Moussa on July 4, 2019, she was still dating this Nick; however, they broke it off shortly thereafter. While Selling Sunset only mentions his first name, we did a little digging and tracked down his Instagram.
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