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Megan Gale

2002
Ellen Dahl

type C photograph on paper (sheet: 95.0 cm x 79.9 cm, image: 75.0 cm x 54.9 cm, frame: 113.5 cm x 103.5 cm depth 4.3 cm)

Megan Gale (b. 1975), model, businesswoman and media personality, achieved fame in Italy before becoming widely recognised in Australia. Perth-born Gale won a modelling competition at eighteen in 1994 and moved to Sydney, however her career didn't take off until she gained 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. Gale represented David Jones for thirteen years from 2001, the longest-held fashion contract in Australia. In 2010 she launched a swimwear label, Isola, and played the part of an Italian model in the Australian film I Love You Too (2010). After a role in Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner (2014), she played the Valkyrie in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). She was behind the MG homewares capsule collection for Target Australia and launched a children's skincare brand, Mindful Life. On television, Gale has been a host and judge on Project Runway and Australia's Next Top Model and often appears on The Project on Channel Ten. She hosted 9Life series Australia's Best House in 2021.

In this photograph, Ellen Dahl uses the perfection of studio lighting to highlight Gale's flawless beauty. The image was originally published in Harper's Bazaar.

Gift of the artist 2006
© Ellen Dahl

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Artist and subject

Ellen Dahl (age 34 in 2002)

Megan Gale (age 27 in 2002)

Subject professions

Media and communications

Donated by

Ellen Dahl (1 portrait)

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