Addison Gill was born in December 7, 1992 and a native of Toronto, Canada. Since grade school, Addison was already beginning to spin modeling dreams in her head. She was an avid fan of TV modeling shows. She joined and lost the Lime Ridge Mall contest twice but that didn’t stop her modeling instinct. Following her dreams of making her mark in the glitzy fashion scene, she joined Chantale Nadeau model search of the Toronto-based agency at the age of 14. She emerged a lusciously adorable winner and soon enough, the door to the glittery world of fashion opened up wide for her eye-catching presence.
She signed up with Sutherland Models, the same agency who shot fellow Canadian Supermodel Shalom Harlow to fame, and worked with top photographers to set up her portfolio. The agency’s president, Ann Sutherland, believed that her ward has the makings of a model that could rise above the harsh, pressure-ridden modeling world.
True enough, she withstood the rigorous three days of interviews and test shots in New York as one of the six finalists during the renowned V-Magazine Supreme Model Search. Her classic beauty, combined with fierce determination and grounded maturity paved her path to victory and she was proclaimed winner among the 1,500 who joined worldwide. Once again, Canada has topped this model search, as Addison Gill follows the footsteps of the previous year’s winner, Canadian Amanda Laine.
As part of her prize, she was signed up with Supreme Management in New York and its sister agency, Women Management in Milan for a three-year contract. She also earned an appearance at the New York Fashion Week. From there, opportunities came flooding her way and her future as a top model grew brighter with every project.
Addison Gill became the envy of many new models when she debuted exclusively in the fall collection of fashion icon Calvin Klein in New York. Landing in a Calvin Klein production is considered a lucky break for young models who want to jumpstart their career, with the brilliant directorial duo Maida and Rami on the helm. In the first season alone, she strutted on the catwalks of Gianfranco Ferre, Pringle of Scotland, Les Copains and Aquilano Rimondi in the Milan Fashion Week. She was also at the Paris Fashion Week walking for luminaries Giambattista Valli, Louis Vuitton, Valentino and Barbara Biu.
Addison Gill was interviewed by Daniel Peddle for Favorite Faces in the New York Fashion Week, who chose Gill as one of the new models worth remembering. In the March 2009 issue of V Magazine, she was photographed by no less than Paul Rowland, Supreme Agency founder and beauty aesthetic photographer, who described her as “a classic beauty with a twist.” In the same month, Addison did a stint for Benetton a week after flying in from the Toronto Fashion Week. She poses for Teen Vogue this August. Just 16 years old and only more than a year in the industry, she is working the fashion circuit like a seasoned pro, showing a lot of potential in creating a big name in the international fashion arena.
It’s amazing how in spite of all the meetings, photo shoots, runway gigs and the mandatory parties, Addison Gill still gets to have a semblance of a normal teenager’s life. Mom, Mary-Ann Gill, travels with her daughter to make sure she stays levelheaded and doesn’t lose track of her priorities.
Addison Gill is currently in 11th grade at the Assumption College in Brantford, Ontario. Although having not to stop school is stressful she tries to make the most of what both the fashion and academic worlds bring. Her jet-setting lifestyle allows her to visit museums and churches as a way to make up for some requirements in school when she needs to be away. She e-mails her homework dutifully and maintains a good average, always keeping in mind the value of a good education. Addison says, “If I weren’t a model, I’d be a historian.”
Mother and daughter have an understanding about how they should take on the life that comes with being in the world of high fashion. They are careful not to get overboard on the partying, though Addison admits to just being a regular school girl who wouldn’t spend all her extra time painting the town red. Another thing they won’t compromise, “we're not going to lose weight,” says Mary-Ann.
The 5-foot 10-inch stunner doesn’t look anywhere near the waifish figures of past years. Addison Gill is one of the new breeds of supermodels who have got just the right amount of curves that makes them more appealing to mere mortals like us. “She has a beautifully proportioned body for fashion and an amazing personality to go with it. She has it all," says Rowland of her.
Many teenagers dream of becoming like her but Addison Gill still craves for time away from the spotlight sometimes. “My job is really harder than it looks,” she shares. She misses running cross-country for her school and just playing basketball in the gym. As famous as she is, she is still just a gifted girl who wants to enjoy life.
Favorite perfume: DKNY Be Delicious
Favorite makeup item: Neutrogena Moisture Shine Lip Soother Lipgloss in Glisten!
Favorite actor: Twilight’s Robert Patterson
Unforgettable booboo: She took an embarrassing tumble on a Paris runway when the hem of her gown got tangled at her feet.