Gabrielle Reece (born January 6, 1970 on the island of Trinidad of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago) is a professional volleyball player and model.
Gabrielle was born in Trinidad and lived with friends while growing up. This was at least partially due to her mother leaving her when Gabby, as she is known by her friends, was three years old.
In high school, Gabrielle excelled at basketball and played volleyball on the side. Many colleges started recruiting her because of her abilities in sports. She decided to accept an offer from Florida State University (FSU) when they offered her a volleyball scholarship. She led the league in kills four times and blocks once. Florida State inducted Gabrielle into the Florida State University Athletica Hall of Fame. Since then she has played for years on professional volleyball tours.
Before graduating from FSU, Gabrielle started modeling. She has appeared on the covers of several magazines including Shape, Women's Sports & Fitness, Outside, ELLE, and Life. She also appeared on the cover of Playboy, with an accompanying pictorial, in January 2001. While an Elite model, she could command a per day rate of US$10,000.
Outside of volleyball, she published an autobiography, co-written with Karen Karbo, entitled Big Girl in the Middle. Gabrielle also writes a column for Women's Sports & Fitness magazine. In November 1997, she married surfer Laird Hamilton. They have one child together, a daughter, Reece Viola Hamilton, who was born in October 2003.
Gabrielle's height is 6' 3" (190.5 cm) and her measurements are 36"-24"-35" (bust, waist, and hips) according to Celebrity Sleuth magazine.