Maddison Gabriel (born 16 September 1994) is an Australian model who gained notoriety when, at the age of 12, she was controversially named the face of the 2007 Gold Coast Fashion Week.
Gabriel was 12 when she was named the official face of Australia's annual Gold Coast Fashion Week in September 2007 being chosen ahead of models fifteen years her senior. Child protection groups were outraged and then-prime minister John Howard publicly disagreed with the choice, saying 12 years old was "too young" for modelling.
Following the Gold Coast Fashion Week, Gabriel generated interest from many international modeling agencies including Chadwick's and Ford Models, but signed with Elite Models in July 2008. She has since signed with Storm in London and Fashion in Milan and is now represented by Dally's in Brisbane Queensland and Chic in Sydney.
She has since appeared in editorials in Elle, Dolly, Creme, Girlfriend, Rush, Limewire, Looks Book, Muse, and Bridesmaid.
She was featured, along with other models, in Bryan Ferry's video for "You Can Dance", released during the summer of 2010 from his upcoming album Olympia. She will appear as an extra in the upcoming Australian drama Water Police. She has worked in New York, London, Milan and Sydney in various rolls, including catwalk and photographic modeling.
Gabriel was born to Brian Gabriel and Michelle Gabriel and has a sister, Brooke. Gabriel was able to travel to New York, Milan and London and also continue her studies at school. She completed year 12 and also a beauty therapy diploma while studying year 12. She is now working as a beatuy therapist and intended to attend university in 2013.
She is taking a break from modeling while she completes her studies.
In October 2008, it became known that American convicted sex predator Martin Robertson wrote to Australian newspaper The Sunday Telegraph from his Texas prison cell, where he is incarcerated until 2057, requesting articles about Gabriel for a book he claimed to be writing. Gabriel's mother criticized the media for widely reporting the concerns that her daughter was too young to be a catwalk model, resulting in Robertson learning of her daughter.