Gabrielle Reece Biography
Gabrielle Allyse Reece is an American professional volleyball player, sports announcer, fashion model and actress. Gabrielle Reece was born in California in 1970. Raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Florida, Reece made a name for herself at Florida State University, where she starred for the school’s volleyball team and launched her career as a successful model. She later became one of the leading faces of professional beach volleyball. Reece is married to surfer Laird Hamilton.
Gabrielle Reece Age
Gabrielle Allyse Reece was born on January 6, 1970, in La Jolla, San Diego, California, U.S.
Gabrielle Reece Height And Weight
she has a height of 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) tall and weight of 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Gabrielle Reece Family | Parents
- Laird Hamilton
- Reece Viola Hamilton her Child
- Robert Eduardo Reece
- Brody Jo Hamilton her Child
- Terry Glynn
Gabrielle Reece Personal Life | Husband | Married
On November 30, 1997, Reece married big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton. They have two daughters: Reece Viola Hamilton (born in October 2003) and Brody Jo Hamilton (born on January 1, 2008, in Hawaii). She and Hamilton also are raising Izabela, Hamilton’s daughter from his previous marriage to big wave surfer and clothing designer Maria Souza. The Hamilton-Reece family splits time residing in Hawaii and Malibu, California. In the latter, she is known as a member of the “Malibu Mob”, a group of celebrity friends and neighbors that includes actor John Cusack, hockey player Chris Chelios, tennis player John McEnroe, and actor John C. McGinley.
Gabrielle Reece Early life
Gabrielle Allyse Reece was born in La Jolla, California, and raised in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. An only child of Terry Glynn and Robert Eduardo Reece. Her father, who was Afro-Trinidadian, was killed in a plane crash when Gabrielle was five. She returned to the U.S. mainland for the eleventh grade, attending Keswick Christian School in St. Petersburg, Florida, when she took up sports.
She accepted a volleyball scholarship from Florida State University, where she majored in communications, and in volleyball, she led the league in kills four times and blocks once. She also set two school volleyball records, in solo blocks (240) and total blocks (747), both of which still stand. In 1989, she moved to New York City to pursue more rigorously a parallel career as a sports fashion model and also continue in her pro volleyball career. Florida State University inducted Reece into the Florida State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997.
Gabrielle Reece Modeling career
Gabrielle Allyse Reece began her modeling career while attending FSU. In 1989 she was named by Elle as one of the five most beautiful women in the world. She appeared in several Elle layouts in the late 1980s and early 1990s. She has appeared on the covers of Outside, Shape, Women’s Sports & Fitness, Elle, and Life. She appeared on the cover of Playboy, with an accompanying nude pictorial, in January 2001. She had previously made a cameo appearance as herself on the HBO series Arliss in which she angrily reprimanded her agent for even suggesting she accept an offer to pose nude for Playboy.
Gabrielle Reece And Her Husband Laird Hamilton
Gabrielle Reece Volleyball career
After graduation, Reece played on professional volleyball tours for several years. That year, Reece’s 4-person team took first place at the first-ever Beach Volleyball World Championships staged at the UCLA Tennis Center, in her fifth season as a team captain in the 4-person Women’s Beach Volleyball League (WBVL), and fourth captaining Team Nike, which shared League Co-Championship.
For four consecutive years, she was the WBVL kills leader from 1993–1996. She was named the Offensive Player of the Year in 1994–95, and the League blocks leader in 1993. She also competed domestically in the 1999–2000 Olympic Challenge Series, the 1999–2000 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, and other competitions.
She trained in golf for four years hoping to make it onto the LPGA but was unsuccessful. In 2009, she said, “… with young children, I simply didn’t have the time for such a demanding game”.
Gabrielle Reece Other work
Gabrielle Allyse 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 Condé Nast’s magazine Women’s Sports & Fitness and has been a contributing editor at Elle magazine. For several years, Reece hosted ESPN and NBC’s Gravity Games, where she participated in road-luging, 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.
Gabrielle Allyse Reece recently reunited with Nike as a spokeswoman, and she is a new expert and writer for Yahoo-Health. She also produced an infomercial for a health and fitness product, “The Primal System” with fitness expert Paul Chek, and hosted Insider Training for Fit TV/Discovery, in which she interviewed professional athletes about their training & conditioning regimens. Gabrielle Allyse Reece hosted NBC’s STRONG 2016 and along with her husband Laird Hamilton did the series XPT: The Experience for Outside Television 2017
As an actress, Gabrielle Allyse Reece played the role of a physical trainer in the film Gattaca (1997) and a pro beach volleyball player in Cloud Nine with Burt Reynolds (in 2004). She guest-starred on TV series North Shore (2004) and 8 Simple Rules (2005). She also appeared as a guest on Extreme Makeover Home Edition and America’s Next Top Model and The Tyra Banks Show. In 2007, Reece and 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, she matched up against the former NFL coach Bill Cowher and the actor William Shatner. In 2008, she released Gabrielle Reece: Fit & Healthy Prenatal Workouts with exercise guru Mike Monroe. For 2008, Reece was the spokeswoman for Simply Nutrilite, a line developed by Quixtar.
In her April 2013 book titled My Foot Is Too Big for the Glass Slipper: A Guide to the Less Than Perfect Life, Reece writes that “to truly be feminine means being soft, receptive, and – look out, here it comes – submissive.” She went on to further define her point in an April 16 interview on The Today Show by saying that she believes women being submissive in relationships is a sign of strength – not weakness. “We don’t worry about (men) having it all, so I don’t know where we got this idea to have it all”.
Laird Hamilton and Gabrielle Reece are the founders of XPT Life or Extreme Performance Training.
Gabrielle Reece Net Worth
Gabrielle Reece is an American volleyball player, announcer, model, and actress who has a net worth of $10 million.
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Gabrielle Reece Quotes
- If you want to stay fit, surround yourself with a couple of chicks who are fired up, so that the one day you’re not, you can feed off their energy.
- I’m not just a model who plays volleyball or a volleyball player who supports herself modeling. I’m a female athlete personality.
- You slam the bottom and either walks away or suck it up and get through it.
- I didn’t get into this to pick up a new hobby. I don’t want to just be a golfer. I want to be the best.
- My body is a vehicle for the mechanics of my sport. Gabrielle Reece
- Its sort of like, our bodies are designed to keep moving, and when we don’t move it, we’re not going to feel great.
- My body is a vehicle for the mechanics of my sport.
Gabrielle Reece Strong
Strong is an American competition reality show that debuted on NBC on April 13, 2016, and airs on Thursdays at 8 p.m. It is hosted by former professional volleyball player Gabrielle Reece.
Gabrielle Reece 2019
Gabrielle Reece is a world-renowned athlete, TV personality, New York Times bestselling author, and model. Together with her husband Laird, they launched a new all-encompassing fitness program called XPT.