Real name: Gabrielle Reece
Birthdate: January 6, 1970
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Gabrielle Reece (born January 6, 1970) is an American professional volleyball player, sports presenter and former fashion model.
Reece stands at 6 ft 3 inches (190.5 cm). Her measurements are 36-24-35, according to Celebrity Sleuth magazine, and she wears a size 11 shoe, according to her book Big Girl in the Middle. Her stature is genetic - her mother is 6 ft 2 inches.
In 1997, competing with the best global beach volleyball players ever assembled, Reece's 4-person team took first place at the first-ever Beach Volleyball World Championships staged at the UCLA Tennis Center. A Florida State star turned pro, 1997 was Reece's fifth season as a team captain in the 4-person Women's Beach Volleyball League (WBVL), and her fourth captaining Team Nike, which shared League Co-Championship.
Reece began her modeling career while attending FSU. In 1989 she was named by ELLE magazine as one of the five most beautiful Women in the World.
Reece has appeared on the covers of several magazines including Shape, Women's Sports & Fitness, Outside, ELLE, and Life, Travel & Leisure Golf, Women's Sports & Fitness, Vogue, People and many other. She also appeared on the cover of Playboy, with an accompanying nude pictorial, in January 2001. Ironically, when appearing as herself the year before on the HBO series Arliss, she angrily chastised her agent for bringing her an offer to pose nude for Playboy.
Reece co-wrote a book with Karen Karbo about her life as a pro athlete entitled "Big Girl in the Middle," published by Crown (1997). She also wrote a column for Conde Nast's magazine Women's Sports & Fitness, and has been a contributing editor at ELLE magazine.
Reece can be seen featured on TV every year as a host on ESPN and NBC's "Gravity Games," where she participated in the daredevil sports of road-lugging, white water kayaking, drag racing, surfing, sky diving, and more on "MTV Sports" (1993-95), and "The Extremists with Gabrielle Reece" (1995-96). She was also a commentator at the 1998 Goodwill Games.
Reece recently reunited with Nike as a spokesperson and she is a new expert and writer for Yahoo-Health. Reece is also a producer of a health & fitness product; "The Primal System" with fitness expert Paul Chek and can be seen hosting a show for Fit Tv/Discovery, ‘Insider Training' where she profiles professional athletes about their training & conditioning regimens.
In film, Reece played the supporting role of a physical trainer in the film Gattaca (1997) and a pro beach volleyball player in 'Cloud Nine' with Bert Reynolds (2004). She has also guest starred on the television shows 'North Shore' (2004) and '8 Simple Rules' on ABC (2005), and has appeared as a guest on Extreme Makeover Home Edition.
In 2007, Reece, along with her husband Laird Hamilton, appeared in the ABC reality television series Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race, featuring a dozen celebrities in a stock car racing competition. In the first round of competition, Reece matched up against former NFL coach Bill Cowher and actor William Shatner.
In November 1997, Reece married Hawaiian big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton. They have one child together, daughter Reece Viola Hamilton, who was born in October 2003. In June 2007 Reece announced on the TODAY show that she is expecting another child, due on Jan 2nd, 2008.