If you’re familiar with Mark Wahlberg’s movies, you would know by now just how talented the guy is. More than that, you may want to dig deeper into his personal affairs, especially those that have to do with his wife and family. Getting nosy is not bad at all, so long as healthy boundaries are respected. That said, this post shines the spotlight on Mark Wahlberg’s wife, Rhea Durham.
Rhea Durham is an American fashion model who has appeared on the cover of several top-notch magazines including Marie Claire, French Vogue and British and American ELLE. In 2000 and 2001, Durham walked in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Her career has also spilled into acting, in a way. In 2001, she starred as a guest on the Spin City episode of the sitcom, The Wedding Scammer.
At the start of her modelling career, Durham was embroiled in a sex scandal. At the time, she was rumoured to be having an affair with Ward-Cottrell, her recruiting model agency owner. Notwithstanding, that did little to kill her chances of dating and marrying ace actor Mark Wahlberg. The two had been dating since they first met at a New York press junket back in 2001. What followed was their first date in a church. Can you imagine that? Sit tight as we bring you interesting details about Mark Wahlberg’s Wife.
Rhea Durham’s Bio
Rhea Durham was born in Lakeland, Florida, on July 1, 1978, to a middle-class family of five. Her parents are practising protestants who trained Rhea and her two younger siblings in the Christian way. Although not much is known about her childhood and early education, we do know she attended Lakeland Senior High School. Rhea found her genius quite early in life and never had to try too many things as a young beautiful girl. She began taking fashion jobs quite early and even had to take a break from schooling to pursue a career in modelling. However, she later acquired a high school diploma by correspondence course. Her early earnings enabled her to bear the brunt of her younger siblings’ education without much stress.
Rhea Durham’s modelling career began in 1995 after she was first spotted at a Lakeland mall by a modelling agency called Model Scout. Consequently, she signed a $100,000 modelling contract which also allowed her travel to choice cities like New York and Paris. Following this breakthrough were more advertisement offers from the likes of Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Bloomingdales, Revlon, Tommy Hilfiger, and several others. She also appeared on fashion shows for designer brands like Versace, Gucci, Chanel, Valentino, Carolina Herrera, and Michael Kors.
Between 2000 and 2001, Durham walked twice in The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Since then, she has graced the cover page of several editorials and popular fashion magazines like Vogue, Marie Claire, Mademoiselle, Cosmopolitan, Clara and Elle. Back in 1998, just three years into her career, she appeared on the VH1 Fashion Awards.
Although modelling is what she’s best known for, it doesn’t end there. Durham had a brief brush with acting. Of course, what do you expect after being married to one of Hollywood’s finest actors, producer, businessman, rapper, and songwriter, Mark Wahlberg (a.k.a Marky Mark)? She starred on one episode of the situation comedy titled, The Wedding Scammer. She has also been seen on several episodes of The Wahlburger’s; a TV show featuring the rags-to-riches story of Mark Wahlberg. The show also features plans to operate a restaurant in his home city of Boston, Massachusetts. Whenever you’re in Boston, don’t forget to search for and visit the restaurant by the name, The Wahlburgers.
Rhea Durham’s Salary and Net Worth
For a model in her class, Rhea Durham’s earnings have only increased over the years. The mother of four has amassed so much from her years of active modelling and continues to do so through her extensive portfolio today. As of the time of this writing, Durham’s net worth is estimated to be around $2 million. While that’s not a trifling figure, it begs for attention when compared to her husband’s $200 million fortune.
Asides being the hot model that we know, Rhea Durham is also a wife and a mother of four. She met Mark Wahlberg at a New York press junket back in 2001. Their first three children Ella Rae (b. 2003); Michael (b. 2006) and Brendan Joseph (b. 2008), were born before their wedding on August 1, 2009. The private ceremony was held at Beverly Hills, California. It was there that Durham received the sacraments of initiation, confirming her conversion to Roman Catholicism from her background in Baptist Protestantism. A year later, the couple welcomed their last child, a daughter they christened Grace Margaret. They currently live in Los Angeles, California.
Height and Body Measurements
As a model, Rhea Durham has a perfect build. She stands 5 feet 10 inches (1.77 meters) tall and weighs 130 pounds (59 kg). Her breast-waist-hips measure 34-24-36 inches. She wears a bra size of 32B and her dress and shoe sizes are 6 (US) and 8.5 (US) respectively. Durham has beautiful green eyes and wears dark brown hair.