In 2000, Bret Michaels became a dad to Raine Elizabeth Michaels, his first daughter with ex-fiance Kristi Lynn Gibon. The Poison singer shielded his daughter from the spotlight, but she made some appearances on his 2010 reality series Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It.
These days though, she is all grown up and making a name for herself on the catwalk.
When she was 16, Raine signed with L.A. Models and now, she's living her dream by showing off swimsuits for Sports Illustrated on the runway. In fact, her Instagram followers got to watch that dream come true.
It started a couple weeks ago when Raine shared her audition tape for SI as part of a competition involving 25,000 girls, all of whom wanted to become SI's next swimsuit model. She captioned her Instagram post, "Being a part of the SI Swim family would be a DREAM come true!!"
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Being a part of the SI Swim family would be a DREAM come true!! On that note here is my 2018 #SISwimSearch audition!! @mj_day @si_swimsuit thank you guys so much for the amazing opportunity, I hope to meet you guys in Miami soon! 🎉🤩❤️😎👙 pleaseee tag @mj_day and @si_swimsuit and #SISwimSearch!! I love you all ❤️💋 #siswimsearch
Just a few days later, she announced that she was one step closer to living her dream:
Things continued to go well for Raine. Not long after, there was another post, this one of her on the SI runway. The caption read, "One of my ultimate dreams/goals came true last night... I walked for the SI Swimsuit fashion show."
One of my ultimate dreams/goals came true last night..I walked for the @si_swimsuit fashion show😱👙💖coming into this I was so nervous and coming out of it I’m more confident than ever thanks to the entire team @si_swimsuit and especially @mj_day for making me feel like part of the family. And to the other 15 finalists you guys are some of the coolest and most beautiful women inside and out that I have ever met, together we are so diverse and changing beauty standards one bikini at a time 😘👙 thank you!!!
As if that weren't enough excitement for Bret's daughter, she also just got a small role in the upcoming Sharknado movie. Meanwhile, she's working part time as a veterinary assistant and will be heading to college this fall, all while bravely battling diabetes.
Bret is clearly proud of his oldest child:
Congratulations again to my daughter @rainee_m on your journey, advancing to the #Sweet16 & last night’s @si_swimsuit @paraisofashionfair @cabanashow runway event. Your personality & character shined through. Your drive to do this on your own shows true heart & great merit. So extremely proud of you & that you got to meet your idol @kateupton. Congrats to all the other contestants as well, you are all amazing. 🤘🏻#SISwimSearch #SISwim @sportsillustrated @mj_day
In fact, Bret's whole family seems to be getting into the entertainment industry. His other daughter, 13-year-old Jorja, appears in the 2018 film Mistrust with Jane Seymour.