Raina Hein was a contestant and runner-up during Cycle 14 of ANTM.
The then 22-year-old student from Minnetonka, Minnesota already had quite an extensive modeling portfolio before her stint on America’s Next Top Model.
On Raina’s website, she describes herself as being very awkward and nerdy growing up. While attending Minnetonka High School, she never had many friends and always veered toward being shy, that is, until her junior year when she came out of her shell with the help of immersing herself in volleyball.
After high school, she accepted a volleyball scholarship to Concordia University St. Paul and played her way through her first few years of college.
Raina then sent her senior pictures into a modeling agency in MN – and got signed. She attempted to balance her volleyball career and her modeling career – all while maintaining her studies. After deciding she was going to pursue modeling ultimately, she let go of volleyball and gave herself to modeling full time while finishing school. In 2010, she’s graduating with communications and broadcasting degree – and she plans on modeling as long as she can.
She loves her family and she loves her photographer boyfriend, Kristof.
Raina was called first during the second panel judging, which has proved Raina as a strong competitor on the show thus far. Tyra described her eyes in her Brian Edwards photo as “like damn.” All the judges were impressed with her photograph.
Following the Cade Martin ‘dance’ photo shoot in episode 3, Tyra said that Raina had many great shots in her film to choose from and was consequently called 6th during elimination.
During episode 4, Tyra felt that Raina’s vampire photo with Sarah Silver was “dark and edgy.” She said she loved it, as did the panel. Raina was then called second after Alasia.
Raina continued to do well during Episode 5, when her photograph with D-Nice was praised as “having a lot of great emotion.” Tyra said she loved her body pose because she knew how to work her body angles perfect with her body type. Ultimately, Raina was called 7th during panel.
During episode 6, Raina’s performance remained solid, although she conflicted with a few of the personalities in the house. Her laid back, friendly attitude seemed to rub Angelea and Alasia the wrong way.
After Alasia overheard Raina discussing her and Jessica’s verbal altercations in the Top Model confessional, Alasia became even more tempermental toward her roommates (Brenda, Raina and Jessica). Raina expressed on camera that she wanted to be friends with all the girls in the house, unfortunately, that was not “in the cards” for her and Angelea. Angelea also went into Raina’s room while Raina and Brenda were talking just to pick a fight and call Raina a bitch.
Despite her difficulties with a few of the girls, Raina received good critique from the judges following her photo shoot with Mike Ruiz. The “New York woman” Raina was portraying was an East Village Rockabilly. Nigel called her photo powerful, but Tyra didn’t like that she lost her neck in her final photo. Andre Leon Talley said that her photo evoked an ice capped volcano; he loved her face and skin, as well. Ann Shoket said that she had a “good edge in her attitude, which was really the whole point.”
Raina’s solid performance resulted in being called 3rd during elimination.
During episode 7, Raina stayed consistent with performing well. During the runway challenge at Lucky Cheng’s she received an ‘okay’ review from the audience, which consisted of Miss J, drag queens and normal people off the street. Unfortunately, she didn’t perform as well as Krista, who won the challenge.
During the “Hair Couture” shoot with Jerry Metellus, Mr. Jay commented that her shots were coming out very pretty.
At panel, Nigel loved the contrast of Raina’s dark hair and light skin. ALT commented that the photo was definitely high fashion. Guest judge, Whitney Port, loved her eyes (which Tyra called wolf-like). Nigel concluded by saying her photo was phenomenal.
In the end, Raina was called third during elimination, including herself with the finalists traveling to the international destination of New Zealand.
Raina began episode 8 by competing in go-sees immediately after arriving in Aukland, New Zealand. Raina received good critique from designers, but most felt that her body shape was not as desirable as her face, which carried her presence. Raina arrived late back to the agency, so she was disqualified from the challenge.
At the “same dress” photo shoot with Nigel Barker, Nigel was incredibly impressed with her performance, calling each shot beautiful.
During panel, Nigel said she had shot after shot after shot of great frames. He said she “went for it” and tried many poses; she was very fluid. Tyra said her photo was a fairy tale. She said there was a story present. ALT said that she evoked a very old-world romanticism from her face and eyes. He loved her dress and photo.
Raina ended up being called third during elimination.
Raina began episode 9 by lamenting to cameras with regards to how some of the girls in the house were treating her; specifically, Krista and Alexandra. They weren’t very accepting of her bubbly personality and often complained that she seemed fake.
For the first challenge, the girls were taken to Hobbiton, where the movie Lord of the Rings was filmed. Guest judge, Sarah McLeod (who played hobbit Rosie Cotton in the movie), helped Mr. Jay judge a posing challenge in the doorway of an actual hobbit home. Raina did well, but didn’t win the challenge.
During the “shadow shoot,” photographer Tyra Banks revealed that she was really excited to shoot Raina, but felt that Raina wasn’t pushing through the creative. Mr. Jay felt that she didn’t perform well because she wasn’t crazy about the concept/creative.
At panel, Nigel wished that she would have lowered her head. Tyra loved the picture because it was different, although she didn’t feel Raina was as passionate about this shoot as past shoots. ALT felt that she looked angry, but didn’t dislike the photo.
In the end, Raina ended up in the bottom two for the first time – with Jessica. While in the bottom two, Tyra said that Raina can evoke romance, renaissance and couture – but when it came to evoking edge, she couldn’t push herself.
Ultimately, Jessica was eliminated, leaving Raina to compete in the top four.
Raina began the finale episode of Top Model outwardly excited to be a top of the final four. Even though the other girls seemed irritated with her bubbly personality, she didn’t let it get to her.
During the first challenge of the finale, the girls had to walk the runway of an airplane, mid-air, while flying to Queenstown, New Zealand. Raina didn’t impress the Jays, who felt she walked like a linebacker. Mr. Jay said that he didn’t see the grace and elegance she typically exudes during her photo shoots.
During the “ugly pretty” shoot with photography Monty Adams, Raina struggled at the beginning. Mr. Jay said that she was still trying to be “pretty,” while the creative called for a level of “ugliness.” Toward the end of the shoot, she improved, but Mr. Jay really wanted to see her push herself to be more edgy.
At panel, Nigel said that her photo was interesting and definitely ugly/pretty. ALT thought her photo was gorgeous. Mr. Jay said that she struggled by being too soft and pretty. Tyra said that she was the prettiest of the girls during the shoot, which wasn’t the goal of the shoot. Tyra said that she wasn’t thinking “out of the box.”
Raina’s performance earned her a spot in the bottom three with Angelea and Alexandra. While in the bottom three, Tyra told Raina that she was the second coming of Brooke Shields; she had beautiful eyebrows, lips and flawless skin … but when the creative goes against her preference, she underperforms.
Ultimately, Raina was chosen as one of the top two girls, competing against Krista for the title of America’s Next Top Model.
Following the elimination of Angelea and Alexandra, Krista and Raina were asked to pack a bag to jet set to their next challenge/shoot. Their destination: Rakino Island, New Zealand.
After arriving to their new home, Miss Jay greeted them with their scripts for their CoverGirl “Blast Collection” commercial.
Raina was well-prepared for the commerical, as she had memorized all her lines, but when she got in front of the camera, she stumbled just a bit because she over choreographed herself. Following her CoverGirl photo shoot the photographer, Tony Drayton, said she did amazingly. He said she worked it with her eyes and really knew how to emote.
The next shoot for the girls was for Seventeen Magazine. Nigel Barker took their photos and said that he was impressed with both girls.
Tyra then greeted the girls with a surprise photo shoot – including their families who were flown in by the show. Raina’s father was flown in. Unfortunately, her mother couldn’t go due to a recent hand surgery.
The final step in the competition was the Anna Sui fashion show with a “rockabilly circus” theme.
Following the show, Miss Jay said that she walked very heavy footed, but she still smiled and came off cute. He said sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. ALT said she walked like a clydsedale. Tyra said she exuded freshnesss and happiness. She also said that Raina had air in her hair and that she walked like a real model.
When it came to her CoverGirl print ad review, Nigel said that her photo was very beautiful, gentle, delicate and feminine. ALT said that she has a freshness that’s very American girl next door. He said that Raina had a twinkle, but he wanted to see more.
When review her CoverGirl commercial, Nigel said that her voice was charming and upbeat, but she forgot her eyes. ALT felt that she needed to smile more. Tyra wanted to see more of her bubbly personality.
In the end, the title of America’s Next Top Model went to her competitor, Krista.
Upon leaving, Raina said the following:
“I feel like I’m supposed to be sad and crying right now, but I’m not. I’m just happy! I’ve accomplished so much. I’ve experienced so much. I’ve learned an incredible amount. I’ve become a model. And it doesn’t stop here.
I’m not going to stop modeling. It’s my passion and my dream and I’m taking it there.”
To read Raina’s post-elimination interview with RTV Games, click here.
Since the show, Raina has been finishing school. She’ll soon be graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism. In June of 2010, Raina is going to Dubai to be the Fall 2010 face of Symphony, a Dubai retailer. After seeing Raina on the show, they immediately contacted her through The CW network.
Before the show, Raina was signed with Moore Creative Talent, Ignite Models, Wehman Agency, and Agency Models and Talent. She is still on the boards at Ignite Models.
Source: Raina’s CW Interview
Source: Raina’s Website
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Source: Raina’s Original Audition Video
Source: Model Mayhem
Source: All ANTM
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