Megan Gale

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Megan Gale
Megan Gale 2013.jpg
Megan Gale in January 2013
Born (1975-08-07) 7 August 1975 (age 39)
Perth, Western Australia
Occupation

Model

Children = River Alan Thomas Hampson
Modeling information
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Eye color Green
Manager Shanahan Management

Megan Kate Gale (born 7 August 1975) is an Australian model, brand ambassador, fashion designer and actress.[1]

Career[edit]

Born in Perth, Western Australia, Megan Gale's father is English and mother is of Maori descent.[2] She is the youngest of three children with two older brothers.[3][4]

Modelling[edit]

Gale won a modelling competition in Perth at 18,[4] After several years of modelling, Gale was cast to appear in a series of advertisements for the Italian telecommunications commercials, Omnitel (now Vodafone Italy); she appeared in the company's advertising from 1999 until 2006.[5] She was also retained by the Australian Tourist Commission in 2003 as 'their face of Australia in Italy'.[4]

Gale has modelled for Italian fashion houses such as Gianfranco Ferré, Genny and Gai Mattiolo and favours many Australian designers, such as Colette Dinnigan, Kirrily Johnston, Lisa Ho, Willow and Alex Perry.[4] In 2006, she was the fashion commentator for the Australian television awards, the Logies.[4]

In January 2008, Gale announced her retirement from catwalk modelling after 15 years and strutted down the catwalk for the last time just weeks later at a David Jones winter collection launch in Sydney. Her final outfit was the Wonder Woman outfit she was to wear in the still-shelved film Justice League of America.[6][7] August 2011 marked Gale's 10th anniversary with the department store and is the longest held fashion contract in Australia.

August 2011 also marked another significant occasion for the model and television presenter as she was officially announced as an ambassador for L'Oreal Paris, joining the likes of Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani as a member of L'Oreal Paris' exclusive "Dream Team". Gale signed on as the face of the iconic global beauty brand for Australia and New Zealand and her first campaign for Elvive Total Repair 5 shampoo was launched nationally, however the slick commercial soon caught the interest of Italy, where it also eventually aired.[citation needed]

Gale in 2011.

Acting[edit]

Megan Gale has also tried her hand at acting and appeared in the Italian movies Vacanze di Natale,[8] Bodyguards – Guardie del corpo[9] (as herself in both movies), and Stregata Dalla Luna (as Vivianna).[10] She also had a cameo part in the 2005 movie Stealth where she played a cameo role as Dr. Orbit's secretary.[10] In January 2008, it was announced that she had been offered the part of Wonder Woman in the upcoming George Miller movie version of Justice League of America, before the project was put on hold and eventually cancelled.[5][11]

In August 2009, Gale completed filming a role in her first Australian feature film, the romantic comedy I Love You Too.[1][5] Gale plays Italian supermodel Francesca Moretti – a role for which she was able to use her previous modelling experience.[11]

Television[edit]

In 2005, Gale became a guest reporter for Nine Network travel show Getaway from October 2005 to June 2006.[12] She also worked with Mike Munro as co-host of the nine-episode Australian documentary TV show What a Year, which first aired on the Nine Network on 2 October 2006.[12] Gale also appeared briefly on Australia's Next Top Model, Cycle 4 in episode 4. Also on the cycle 6(2010), in the episode she launched her newly brand Isola in its first fashion show, in which the girls of that cycle were featured.

Gale also became the National Ambassador for Kids Help Line in February 2005.[13] In 2009, she was appointed the first official National Ambassador for The Red Cross.[14]

In early 2011 Gale became the new host of Project Runway Australia where she would also serve as judge and executive producer of the design-based reality show.[15] The new season premiered on 4 July 2011 on Arena TV

Personal life[edit]

In January 2011, Gale began a relationship with Richmond AFL footballer Shaun Hampson.[16] On 13 May 2014, Gale gave birth to their son, River Alan Thomas Hampson. Rivers is Megan's mothers maiden name, Alan after Megan's dad and Thomas after Shaun's dad. [17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kleinig, Xanthe (27 April 2010). "Megan Gale on love, life and first movie". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Gale force". The Sydney Morning Herald. 17 August 2009. 
  3. ^ Hayes, Liz (9 November 2003). "Gale Force". Nine MSN. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Sanderson, Lisa-Anne. "The Smiling Model: Megan [http://www.lifeinitaly.com/italian-movies/megan-gale.asp] Gale". Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c Chenery, Susan (17 August 2009). "Gale Force". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  6. ^ Molocco, Jen (13 February 2008). "Megan Gale's final catwalk.". NEWS.com.au. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  7. ^ "Megan enjoys her 'me' time away from the world". The Daily Telegraph. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "Vacanze di Natale 2000 (1999)". Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  9. ^ "Bodyguards – Guardie del corpo (2000)". Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Megan Gale (I)". Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  11. ^ a b Weaving, Peter (28 April 2010). "Gale Force". Melbourne Weekly. p. 10. 
  12. ^ a b "Megan Gale (I)". Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  13. ^ "Megan Gale, the new Ambassador of Kids Help Line". February 2005. Retrieved 25 February 2007. 
  14. ^ Parker, Judith (July 2009). President’s Message. United Nations Association of Australia (W.A. Division). Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  15. ^ http://www.popsugar.com.au/Megan-Gale-Replace-Kristy-Hinze-Host-Project-Runway-Australia-13174727
  16. ^ Megan Gale has a new bloke, AFL Carlton player - Shaun Hampson
  17. ^ "Megan Gale names newborn". The Age. Fairfax Media. 15 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 

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