Megan Gale

Megan Gale

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Megan Gale
Megan Gale Cannes 2015.jpg

Megan Gale at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival
Born (1975-08-07) 7 August 1975 (age 42)
Medina, Western Australia, Australia
Occupation Model
Partner(s) Shaun Hampson
(2011–present)
Children 2
Modeling information
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Green
Agency Chic Celebrity Management, Atelier Management

Megan Kate Gale (born 7 August 1975) is an Australian model, brand ambassador, fashion designer and actress.[1] Born in Perth, Western Australia, Gale won a modelling competition at 18 in her home town. In 1999, she was cast in a series of advertisements for Italian telecommunications company Omnitel. This led to wide exposure in both Italy and Gale’s native Australia and Gale would appear in their advertising until 2006. Gale has also appeared in Italian movies and television shows. As an actress, Gale played Fatma in The Water Diviner (2014) and Valkyrie in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).

In 2005, Gale became the National Ambassador for Kids Help Line and in 2009, she was appointed the first official National Ambassador for The Red Cross.

Career[edit]

Born in Perth, Western Australia, Megan Gale’s father is English and mother part Maori.[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 rose to fame when in 1999 was cast to appear in a series of advertisements for an Italian telecommunication company, Omnitel (now Vodafone Italy); she appeared in the company’s advertising until 2006.[5] She was also retained by the Australian Tourist Commission in 2003 as ‘their face of Australia in Italy’.[4] Gale has twice appeared on the cover of Australian Marie Claire,[6][7] the Italian fashion weekly Gioia, Italian and Australian GQ, Italian Maxim and featured in editorials for Australian In Style and Vogue Italia.[8]

Gale has modeled for Italian fashion houses including Gianfranco Ferré, Genny, Gai Mattiolo and runway work for Mariella Burani and Angelo Marani at Milan Fashion Week.[9] Gale also 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 runway modelling after 15 years and walked 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.[10][11] In March 2011, Gale returned to the runway and closed Alex Perry‘s 2011 Melbourne Fashion Festival show.[12]

August 2011 marked Gale’s 10th anniversary with department store David Jones, the longest held fashion contract in Australia. That same month, Gale became an ambassador for L’Oréal Paris, joining Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani. Gale appeared in a L’Oréal shampoo commercial in Australia, New Zealand and Italy.[citation needed]

Gale in 2011.

Acting[edit]

Megan Gale has appeared in the Italian movies Vacanze di Natale,[13] Bodyguards – Guardie del corpo[14] (as herself in both movies), and Stregata Dalla Luna (as Vivianna).[15] She also had a cameo part in the 2005 movie Stealth where she played Dr. Orbit’s secretary.[15] 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][16] In August 2009, Gale completed filming a role in her first Australian feature film, the romantic comedy I Love You Too.[1][5] Gale played Italian supermodel Francesca Moretti.[16] Gale appeared in the post-apocalyptic action film, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).[17]

Swimwear range[edit]

In 2010, Gale launched a swimwear label, Isola. The line is carried at department stores including David Jones.[18] Gale spoke of the label, ‘Ultimately, I wanted to create a chic, sophisticated, fashion forward swimwear range geared mainly towards women in their 30s and 40s that still has a sexiness about it’.[19]

Television[edit]

In 2005, Gale became a guest reporter for Nine Network travel show Getaway from October 2005 to June 2006.[20] 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.[20] Gale also appeared briefly on Australia’s Next Top Model, Cycle 4 in episode 4. She also appeared in cycle 6 (2010), in which the girls of that cycle were featured in Isola’s first fashion show.

Gale also became the National Ambassador for Kids Help Line in February 2005.[21] In 2009, she was appointed the first official National Ambassador for The Red Cross.[22]

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.[23] The new season premiered on 4 July 2011 on Arena TV. In 2016, Gale became a permanent judge on Australia’s Next Top Model.[24]

Personal life[edit]

In January 2011, Gale began a relationship with Richmond AFL footballer Shaun Hampson.[25] On 13 May 2014, Gale gave birth to their son, River Alan Thomas Hampson. Rivers is Megan’s mothers maiden name. Alan named after Megan’s dad and Thomas named after Shaun’s dad. [26] They are expecting a second child in September 2017. On the 20 July, 2017, the couple announced their engagement. On September 29, 2017, Gale announced the birth of hers and Hampson’s daughter via Instagram. The couple named her Rosie May Dee Hampson, after her dad’s mother, Gale’s grandmother, and her and Hampson’s mother’s first names.

Filmography[edit]

Italian movies:

Actress (6 credits)
 2014 The Water Diviner
Fatma
 2014 Wonderland (TV Series)
Amelia Windsor

Standing in Line (2014) … Amelia Windsor
 2005 Stealth
Dr. Orbit’s Secretary
 2001 Stregati dalla luna
Viviana / Luna
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