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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), former model, businesswoman 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 over 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 last walked the runway for Alex Perry in 2011. In 2010 she launched a swimwear label, Isola, and played the part of an Italian model in the Australian feature 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 recently launched a children’s skincare brand to ‘encourage parents to slow down and enjoy the good, the bad and everything in between that comes with parenting’. On television, Gale has presented segments of Getaway, has been a host and judge on Project Runway and Australia’s Next Top Model and often appears on The Project on Channel Ten. Recently the mother of two remarkedthat the older she gets, the more work she seems to be offered.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2006
© Ellen Dahl

Accession number: 2006.32

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Artist and subject

Ellen Dahl (age 34 in 2002)

Megan Gale (age 26 in 2002)

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Media and communications

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.