Hanne Gaby Odiele

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Hanne Gaby Odiele
Hanne Gaby Odiele Photographed by Ed Kavishe for Fashionwirepress.jpg
Hanne Gaby Odiele backstage at Marc Jacobs
Born (1987-10-08) 8 October 1987 (age 30)[1]
Kortrijk, Belgium[1]
Spouse(s) John Swiatek (m. 2016)
Modeling information
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Hair color Blonde[1]
Eye color Blue[1]
Agency Women Management (New York, Paris, Milan)
The Squad (London)
Dominique Models (Brussels)
Modellink (Gothenburg)
Place Models (Hamburg)
MP Stockholm (Stockholm)
Donna Models (Tokyo) [2]

Hanne Gaby Odiele (born 8 October 1987) is a Belgian model, known for her work with various high-profile fashion-industry clients.

Early life[edit]

Hanne Gaby Odiele was born on 8 October 1987 in Kortrijk, Belgium. She was born intersex as a result of androgen insensitivity syndrome.[3][4] As a child, she underwent medical procedures relating to her condition,[5] which she said took place without her or her parents' informed consent.[6] She was told about her intersex condition weeks before beginning her modelling career.[6]


Odiele was noticed by Tom Van Dorpe while attending the Novarock rock festival in Kortrijk.[1] In 2005 she signed with Supreme Management in New York City. In September she made her debut on the runways, walking for Marc by Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, Ruffian, and Thakoon in New York.[7] In 2006 she appeared in features for Vogue and became the face of Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti.[7]

In December 2006, she was hit by a car that ran a red light, breaking her legs. After multiple surgeries and several months of intense physical therapy, she was back on the runway in Spring and Fall 2008 shows,[8] walking for Chanel, Givenchy, Prada, and others.[1]

Odiele has been in magazines such Vogue Italia, Marie Claire, Teen Vogue, and Elle.[7] She has appeared on the cover of Vogue and French Revue de Modes.[9] She has booked some of the industry's most lucrative campaigns[citation needed], including those for Mulberry, Balenciaga, Anna Sui,[10] Vera Wang, and DKNY Jeans.[7]

In addition to her fashion modelling, Odiele is also known for her streetstyle fashion, and is one of Tommy Ton's favorite streetstyle subjects.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Odiele lives in Chinatown, Manhattan.[11] She married model John Swiatek in 2016.[3]

After publicly disclosing her intersex status in 2017, Odiele partnered with interACT to advocate for intersex human rights.[5] In interviews with The Times and Dazed, Odiele has described her identity as an intersex woman,[12][6] and her desire for an intersex community.[6]


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