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Rachel Leviss Just Made Her NYFW Runway Debut, and Vanderpump Rules Fans Have Opinions

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Ariana Madix isn’t the only Vanderpump Rules star with a shiny new gig. In an unexpected turn of events, Rachel Leviss (f.k.a. Raquel) just made her NYFW modeling debut.

The former pageant queen left her sashes and tiaras behind as she walked the runway in two sparkling evening gowns for Glaudi by Johana Hernandez. The 29-year-old went from VPR side character to America’s villain in March 2023 when her affair with costar Tom Sandoval was discovered by his then partner of nine years, Madix. The rest is reality TV history.

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This is so messy.

Nearly one year later Leviss spoke to People about her latest career move ahead of the Art Hearts Fashion show on February 9. “It was a very difficult time for me,” she said of Scandoval. “I felt like I wasn’t going to get through it at some moments. And so I’m just so happy that I’m able to see the light at the end of the tunnel and finally reintegrate into the real world.”

She continued, “I’m proud of how far I've come, I’ve been working really hard on making sure I’m putting my mental health first and really putting myself first.”

Leviss walks during the Glaudi fashion show on February 8, 2024, in New York City.

Glaudi At New York Fashion Week Powered By Art Hearts Fashion February 2024

Leviss walks during the Glaudi fashion show on February 8, 2024, in New York City.
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Leviss walks during the Glaudi fashion show on February 8, 2024, in New York City.

Glaudi At New York Fashion Week Powered By Art Hearts Fashion February 2024

Leviss walks during the Glaudi fashion show on February 8, 2024, in New York City.
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Following the show, she reconnected with the publication again, saying she was still feeling the “adrenaline” and that “it was a job well done.”

For all the controversy that still surrounds Rachel Leviss and Tom Sandoval, the comments section on People’s social media accounts were surprisingly divided. For some, Leviss has earned a second chance. “I hope the best for her! She’s young and beautiful and has so much life left ahead of her! Glad she’s healing and growing,” one fan commented on TikTok, while another shared clapping emojis and wrote, “Love to see her happy & doing well.”

Of course, there were some who don’t feel the reality star deserves her redemption arc just yet. “She’s been putting herself first all along,” one user pointed out, while another said, “Let’s not forget she was getting with her best friends man for months. That’s who she is at her core.”

Though Leviss opted out of returning to Vanderpump Rules for season 11, she is currently revisiting her experiences on the series through her podcast Rachel Goes Rogue. “My purpose for doing that isn’t to just be in the drama necessarily,” she told People earlier this month. “I want to create a healthier environment for people watching reality TV. I want to be a part of creating ethical reality TV. And I think a part of that is educating people who are watching these shows about what we’re actually consuming.”


Originally Appeared on Glamour