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Megan Gale
, 2002

by Ellen Dahl

type C photograph (sheet: 95.0 cm x 79.9 cm, image: 75.0 cm x 54.9 cm)

Megan Gale (b. 1975), model and media personality, achieved fame in Italy before becoming widely recognised in Australia. Perth-born Gale won a Sydney modelling competition in 1994, but thought her career was finished before she managed to gain a contract with Italian telecommunications company Omnitel in 1999. Having lived in Europe for some years, in 2003 she was engaged by the Australian Tourism Commission to promote Australia as a destination for Italian visitors. The 'face' of department store David Jones from 2001, she retired from runway modelling in 2008 but remains a brand ambassador for the store. She is also a national ambassador for the Red Cross. Gale has presented segments of the television program Getaway and played the part of an Italian model in the Australian feature film I love you too (2010). She often co-hosts Fifi Box's morning radio program and is a frequent guest on the top-rating afternoon radio show, Hamish and Andy, co-hosted by her partner, Melbourne comedian Andy Lee. Recently she launched a swimwear label, Isola.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of the artist 2006
Accession number: 2006.32