The rock star says he is so "proud" to see his daughter achieve her dreams

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January 29, 2019 05:55 PM

Bret Michaels’ daughter Raine Michaels is on the path to swimsuit superstardom.

The 18-year-old aspiring model was just announced as one of the top six women moving forward in the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model search competition, and Bret, 55, couldn’t be more proud.

“My oldest daughter Raine works hard and is a kind, humble soul,” the rock star tells PEOPLE exclusively. “She was really excited to be involved with Sports Illustrated. She is at college studying sports journalism and broadcasting. Raine knows all the girls worked hard to get there and is grateful to be in the top six!”

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Bret’s daughter is joined by five other finalists — including Brooks Nader, Jessica Aidi, Veronica Pomee, Erin Willerton and Manuela Alvarez — hoping to win the SI Swimsuit modeling competition.

Raine’s own SI journey started last summer, when the star made her modeling debut in Miami for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit show.

“One of my ultimate dreams/goals came true … I walked for the @si_swimsuit fashion show,” the 18-year-old proudly shared on Instagram. “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.”

The Poison lead singer gave his elder daughter a special shout-out before the show.

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“Raine – I want you to know I’m here at the hotel & need you to know you are loved & supported by all your family/friends 100%. I know you want to earn this on your own merit, so I will graciously see you right after,” Bret shared on Instagram.

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Meanwhile, Bret has been keeping busy with his own new project. As his daughter’s exciting news was announced, the rock star unveiled his own #HotRocksChallenge as a way to combine his love of music and giving back.

Leading up to the release of his latest single and video, “Unbroken,” Bret challenges his fans to show their best dance moves (with or without music) using the hashtag on Instagram. The prize? One lucky fan will win a $10,000 donation from Bret’s Life Rocks Foundation to a charity of their choosing. The winner will also be invited on a two-day VIP getaway to Bret perform live at one of his upcoming Unbroken Tour concerts.

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