February 10th, 2011
Black History Month, Ethnic Models, Fashion News
Black History Month with Fashion Bomb Daily: Gail O’Neill
By The Fashion Bomb Staff


Model, journalist, and activist Gail O’Neill is another great example that beauty and brains do exist in this industry. The Wesleyan graduate has appeared on numerous fashion covers on glossies such as Vogue, ELLE, and Mademoiselle.

O’Neill was a prominent model during her time and booked numerous high fashion gigs as well as commercial contracts such as J. Crew, Nordstrom, and Liz Claiborne. The outspoken model was also known to refuse to appear in ads for cigarette companies or for corporate sponsors that did not divest of South African investments. She was also an activist for the homeless.

In her turn as a journalist, Gail has worked for CBS’ “The Early Show”, CNN, and HGTV.

Today Gail still models and was recently shot in the above CK One ad in 2009.


~Danielle

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7 Responses to “Black History Month with Fashion Bomb Daily: Gail O’Neill”

  1. Postive over Negative says:

    I luved her shoots and her lovely brown skin and ,thick, healthy NATURAL HAIR!

    Don’t forget her twin, model sister!!

  2. BOOBOO says:

    I have seen her face before..she is beautiful. She looks 25 in the CK1 ad. GORGE!!

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  4. Bronze says:

    I don’t remember an issue in the late 80s early 90s were Gail didn’t have a spread in Elle magazine. Seems that once Naomi came on the scene, Gail became more noticeable in campaigns. I always thought she was from Thailand.

  5. Annie L. says:

    I’ve always loved Gail’s bone structure and silhouette and those brows….she blows all of those newbies in the CK ad to smithereens!

    PS In the 7th thumbnail down she and Sessilee look strikingly similar.

  6. Dee says:

    I watched Gail on HGTV and always thought she looked familiar. Thanks for connecting the dots. I’m glad she is still modeling and looking great doing so.

  7. zy says:

    YAY GAIL!!!! I’ve always loved her. she’s gorgeous and she’s smart! i was thrilled to see her in the Vogue Italia shoot, she looked fabulous as always.

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