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Professional volleyball player and fashion icon, Gabrielle Reece (Gabby) is known for her towering 6’ 3” height. As a student at Florida State University, she was a star volleyball player and part time model, drawing attention for her unique athletic look.
Gabby went on to become a professional beach volleyball player and spokesperson for Nike, bridging the worlds of sports and fashion. She co-authored her autobiography, Big Girl in the Middle, and she has appeared on MTV Sports and The Extremists with Gabrielle Reece. She currently hosts ESPN and NBC’s annual Gravity Games.
Gabby has also graced the covers of magazines like Sports Illustrated for Women, Elle, Shape, Self, Bazaar and Fitness. Women’s Sports & Fitness Magazine recently named Gabby on their “Most Influential Women in Sports” list, calling her “strong and beautiful, sweet and feminine, tough and ladylike.”
Star Volleyball Player, Fashion Icon
At 6′ 3″, Gabrielle Reece possesses a look that conveys both athleticism and feminine beauty.
Gabby′s road to fame and fortune owes as much to her athletic prowess as it does to her looks and stature. She was a star volleyball player at Florida State University and started modeling a year into her college studies, quickly becoming a sensation for her unique, athletic look.
As a pro beach volleyball player, she signed as a spokesperson for Nike and bridged the worlds of sports and fashion.
She co-wrote a book about her life entitled Big Girl in the Middle, and has been seen on MTV Sports, The Extremists with Gabrielle Reece, and hosts ESPN and NBC′s annual Gravity Games.
Now also an aspiring professional golfer, her face can be seen on the cover of numerous magazines such as Sports Illustrated for Women, Elle, Shape, Self, Bazaar, and Fitness.
Recently Women′s Sport & Fitness Magazine named Gabby to the Most Influential Women in Sports list, calling her “strong and beautiful, sweaty and feminine, tough and ladylike.”
In her presentation at TEDMED 2014, Gabby discusses what it was like growing up in the Virgin Islands and reaching 6 feet tall by the time she was 12 years old. She says that she didn’t start playing sports until her junior year of high school, when she moved to Florida. “I was a late bloomer athletically,” she says, “and I was already six three at 15, so they said, ‘you’re going to play sports,’ and I said, ‘Sure.’” She explains how her body “became a tool,” and sports “became a tribe” for her in high school. She says that sports were “a way out,” but that they were “also a gift.”
She goes on to discuss her motivation to do well in both sports and fashion while she was in college. “I was going back and forth between two worlds,” she says. “I started to think about the use of your body… and the joy of using it… The discipline of taking care of it brings you something.” She says that sports are now a “very finite part” of her life, and that she is focusing more on engaging her community to “get everyone moving.”
SPEAKING.COM: What would you like people to learn and take away from your presentations?
REECE: I’ve come to a place where I want to talk about how we have to individually figure out a way to take care of ourselves so that we can contribute more to our community. We’ve arrived at a time and place where we can no longer just get away with, “What is good for me?” or, “I can ignore taking care of myself and just try to keep working, working, working.” We have to figure out a way to take care of ourselves and take care of our immediate group whether it’s our family, our block, or our neighborhood, because as a culture, this is where we’re headed.
If nothing else, I want people to come away from my presentations thinking, “Yes. I’m going to find time and figure out how to move more often and eat better, and I’m going to figure out a way to connect with others and collectively we can all try to do the same.” Because it does take a community; you cannot do that alone. I call it the “all hands-on deck” now. Everybody needs to get involved with our children and our children’s health, and food and things like that.
The idea of,“Hey, let’s be perfectly fit” doesn’t interest me. There’s something much bigger than that.
SPEAKING.COM: So when you’ve addressed groups in the past, what are some of the points you’ve made in your speeches, and how was that received by the audience?
REECE: I make it a habit when I speak to groups not to ever tell people what to do, but to only make suggestions. I use anecdotes from my own life to potentially inspire them. For example, I did not have a great childhood. My mother left when I was very young and my father passed away. I’ve always joked that, “You know, you have low cards and you have aces.”
I always start with people and say, “Hey, listen. Let’s figure out what our aces are individually and let’s figure out how to play those aces so that we can thrive.” The notion behind that is reminding people that we can’t be afraid of the hard work, and that we do have to trust our own voice. My past for example, has been unique to me, and at times, it’s been very scary because I didn’t know, “Hey, was it going to work out? Was I going to be successful?” I started off though by trusting my voice.
I do believe that when we define ‘success’, a lot of times it’s through accomplishment or money, but I think success is living a life that reflects who we genuinely are, because that’s how we can be happy.
Andre Agassi’s book explores the concepts of “I win. I win. I win. I’m wealthy. I’m wealthy. I’m wealthy. I’m famous. I’m famous. I’m famous. Oh, yeah, those 15, 20 years I was completely miserable.” So, I think that’s another thing that I’m interested in is: How do we really ultimately define success? What are we saying is successful? That I have a big house and a clean car? Or, that, “I’m healthy, I have meaningful relationships, and I have something in my life that I’m passionate about, that I like to work hard at.” For me, that interests me more than, “Hey, win at all costs,” and “Step on someone’s head to get to the next place.” That for me is not the long play to success.
SPEAKING.COM: What types of audiences would most benefit from your message?
REECE: Well, I think because I’m a female obviously women respond. I’m 45, I have children, and I’m still trying to keep it together. Obviously, I can relate to working professional women, or even women that are trying to do that major dance. Additionally I can relate to professional people that are trying to find their own personal foothold and take the chance or the risk to kind of create an environment that is true to them, not just the formula that exists already.
Obviously if you want to talk about straight health and fitness, that is where I live, but I try to make the message bigger than that because I think it is bigger.
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