Heather Rae Younger is reflecting on the journey she’s walked from Playboy journal standout to profitable luxurious actual property agent and star on the favored Netflix actuality collection “Promoting Sundown,” centered on the day-to-day lives of the bold crew of feminine sellers on the Oppenheim Group in Los Angeles.
Younger, 32, has since emerged as a fixture on the collection, however her storied path begins greater than a decade in the past when the previous Playboy Playmate made her foray into the world of ritzy properties and lavish existence as a younger girl posing for Playboy as Miss February 2010.
She took a visit down reminiscence lane in a current interview with Playboy.com and revisited her two-week shoot, explaining that she selected a “mountain lady” theme based mostly on the place she grew up — Large Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead in California.
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“I shot my pictorial in 2009, and it was a tremendous expertise,” Younger recalled of the shoot with photographer Arny Freytag. “I used to be in a double concern, with Jaime Edmondson, so we had been January and February.”
Younger mentioned she initially was towards forging a profession in actual property, however after realizing her penchant for constructing relationships — and with a lot persistence from these in her circle, she determined to take the leap after modeling, and the danger paid off in large methods.
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“Actual property felt like an excellent transition for me as a result of I’d met so many individuals and I’m actually good at constructing relationships and making contacts,” she defined. “A few my pals truly prompt it, and initially I mentioned no. However you realize what? I did it! I studied my a– off, I handed the take a look at after which inside my first three months of doing actual property, I bought a $7.2 million home and a $1.5 million condominium.”
The truth star mentioned she felt “empowered” posing for Playboy, calling the second “a celebration of [her] physique” and added the expertise aided in serving to her develop a love of self — but additionally the starvation to show detractors improper, in actual property and past, who would possibly prejudge her based mostly on her previous.
“I believe we’re not taken significantly, or we’re perceived as silly or we don’t know what we’re speaking about,” Younger mentioned of working towards aggressive actual property in a male-dominated area. “I’m fortunate to be partnered with Jason [Oppenheim], 43, as a result of he’s well-known in the actual property enterprise, and he treats me like an equal. We’re companions.”
“It’s nonetheless a person’s sport, however girls are rising, and clearly from the present you may see that,” she continued. “It’s alleged to be about girls’s empowerment. You generally is a fairly girl and nonetheless achieve success and never simply arm sweet for a person.”
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Season 2 of “Promoting Sundown” will dive into Younger’s new public relationship with HGTV and “Flip or Flop” star Tarek El Moussa, 38, whom she met on the house-flipper’s boat, El Moussa informed Fox Information in March — and Younger is happy for the prospect of seeing how the collection performs out, including that her connection to El Moussa has “been superb.”
“Going from such a personal relationship to a public one could be very totally different, however it’s been superb. I’ve a lot assist from Tarek, and the truth that we’re each not solely within the tv world however in the identical business helps us join on so many ranges past our relationship,” she informed Playboy.com.
“We now have a deeper understanding, respect and appreciation of one another’s actual property careers. He has been on this business for thus lengthy, so he’s at all times there to assist me with recommendation. We’re at all times bouncing design concepts off of one another and even studying from one another.”
Though Younger mentioned she’s needed to typically step away from the life and occasions of hustling in Los Angeles to get her thoughts proper, she mentioned she is best for it and sees her profession as a blueprint for others preventing for a chunk of the pie to maintain preventing and rising as professionals and as girls.
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“It’s robust, particularly in L.A. You’re coping with some huge cash, large properties, large brokers who’ve been round for 30-plus years. And this younger lady is available in, and typically they only suppose I’m silly,” she mentioned. “That’s why I’ve taken my little breaks. I’ve left after which come again and mentioned, ‘No, I’ve obtained this.’ There’s no cause I shouldn’t be simply as profitable as Jason or these different guys out right here. I can do it simply as nicely, if not higher than they’ll.”
Requested about whether or not she’ll contemplate posing nude once more for the legendary unfold, Younger left the door open for a monumental return.
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“Gosh. Posing nude has not damage me. I’m already on the market; I’ve achieved it. I’m pleased with myself and what I’ve achieved,” she mentioned. “It’s a celebration of our our bodies and our decisions, and I discover it empowering. Playboy first catapulted me right into a modeling profession and the profession I’m in now — so for the appropriate job, I’d do it.”