Rachel Nichols was born in Augusta, Maine where she enjoyed trekking through the outdoors and being on the water, windsurfing or sailing. And while none of these activities scream "model," her 5'10 frame does. While attending New York's Columbia University (where she studied economics and psychology), Rachel balanced her education with a burgeoning modeling career, often flying between the United States and Europe to do photo shoots.
After enjoying a successful career as a model, Rachel began a foray into acting and guested on television shows such as Sex and the City, Alias and landed a recurring role on Criminal Minds. Rachel also appeared in blockbusters like Star Trek and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.