Rachel Ritfeld is born in Suriname, South America and is of mixed Indian and Black Caribbean heritage.
She moved to Belgium at age 10 with her mother who worked for the Surinamese Embassy in Brussels.
It was here, that Rachel was scouted on the streets of Brussels by a model scout who signed her at age 15.
Rachel was instantly in love with the catwalk.
Keen to get an education, she moved to Brighton in England at age 17 to go to University where she majored in Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex. Throughout university she went up and down to London for model bookings but it wasn’t until she graduated at age 20, that she decided to pursue a full time career in fashion and entertainment business.
“After studying I just wanted to travel the world and then I booked a job in Jamaica, followed by one in Antigua, then Ghana … I soon realised that modelling was the path to travel”
Rachel was fast becoming an “it- girl” in London after appearing in a few popular TV shows on MTV and Channel 4. And in 2007 Fashion TV named her one of the hottest models in the world at the model awards in Cannes, France.
Rachel has strong moral and ethical values and has been a spokeswoman for various charities including the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust and most recently as ambassador of the Young Mums Support Network. As a role model she has been invited to speak at various conferences such as Inspirational You, the I’mPossible conversations, the Angel Film Festival in Monaco and many more.
Additionally, Rachel is a sought after TV personality. Africa Magic Entertainment (DSTV, South Africa) did an hour special entitled “Cooking with Rachel Ritfeld” where Rachel showed off her culinary skills while being interviewed.
Rachel has worked in numerous areas of the fashion industry such as catwalk, editorial, catalogue, billboard campaigns, commercials, film and TV.
As an actress some of Rachel’s accolades include playing a CIA agent in “Mission Impossible 5: Rogue Nation”, playing Ali in season 1 of “The Royals” on E! Entertainment and most recently starring as Barbara in “My Riot” which is set to come out later this year.
Having been a passionate writer from an early age, Rachel started a blog entitled “Once Upon A Sexy Time” in 2014 where she massively appealed to many thousands of women all over the world by openly discussing her feelings on a multitude of topics most women could relate to. Following the success of her blog she was offered a full page column for London newspaper The Voice where she writes about destination travel with specific interests in luxury, family-friendly adventures, wildlife and music festivals.
Her appreciation for and attention to detail brings extra magic to her articles, making her audience feel part of the action.
She now writes for a number of European publications as well as the Hype Magazine USA as the go-to correspondent in the field of luxury lifestyle.
“My ultimate goal is to constantly evolve and grow both personally and professionally. I am in competition only with myself and I strive to be better than myself every day.”