Catherine McNeil is an Australian fashion model. At fourteen years old, she won a model search contest hosted by Girlfriend. Vogue Paris declared her as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s. She is best known for Modeling for various fashion brands like YSL, Christian Dior, Givenchy, etc.
Born Name Catherine McNeil
Nick Name Cat
Born: May 30, 1989, 29 years and 5 months, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Sun Sign Gemini
Occupation Fashion / Runway model
Hair Color Light Brown
Eye Color Green
Height 5 ft 11 in or 180 cm
Measurements 33-24-34 in or 84-61-87 cm
Bra Size 32B
Siblings – She has a younger sister. When she was 4 years old, she used to thought that Catherine lives at the airport due to her busy schedule and lots of traveling.
McNeil was born in the Brisbane suburb of Coopers Plains, Queensland; she is also a citizen by descent of New Zealand.
McNeil’s modeling career soared to prominence in 2007. She has been featured in advertisements for D&G, Versace, Donna Karan, and Jean Paul Gaultier. She has appeared on the covers of French Vogue, Australian Vogue, V, and French Revue de Modes. McNeil appeared in many high-profile runway shows for the Fall/Winter 2007 season, including Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Fendi, Roberto Cavalli, Valentino, Versace, Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent. She also opened for Givenchy. Style.com chose her as one of the top ten models of the season.
McNeil was also signed with photographer Mario Testino for a six-month contract in 2006, whom she claims to have never heard of prior to their meeting.
Her first major cover was for V magazine who predicted she would be a supermodel. She was photographed by Mario Testino for the D&G pre-fall campaign and the Hugo Boss Fall ad campaign in 2007. That same year, she was also the face of the Donna Karan fall add campaign and was featured in the Versace campaign alongside Kate Moss. She opened the fall Alexander McQueen, Alessandro Dellacqua, Givenchy, and Missoni shows in Paris and Milan and closed the fall Gucci show in Milan. She was featured on Style.com’s Top Ten New Faces for Fall 2007. She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Givenchy, Dior, Carolina Herrera, Gap, Narciso Rodriguez, Donna Karan, Uniqlo, Express, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Hugo Boss, Printemps, Jean Paul Gaultier, Barneys New York, Versace and Hermès.
In September 2007, she appeared on the cover of French Vogue and was named one of British Vogue’s “Head Girls” and a model to watch for in the upcoming season. In September 2007, she opened the Spring Carolina Herrera, Zac Posen, Thakoon, and Preen shows in New York and closed the Spring MaxMara show in Milan.
In October 2007, she closed the Spring Christian Dior show in Paris. In 2008, she was photographed for the French Vogue and Pirelli Calendar. She became the face of Jean Paul Gaultier, replacing Gemma Ward, and renewed her contract with Hugo Boss. During January 2008, she walked for the spring Chanel, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Givenchy, and Jean Paul Gaultier couture shows in Paris.
She closed the Fall Belstaff, MaxMara, and Hermès shows in Milan and Paris. In 2008, she appeared on the cover of Numéro twice, as well as the cover of Australian Vogue. She has been featured in French Vogue as a top model and appeared in editorials for French, German, British, American, Australian, Italian, and Russian Vogue, i-D, Harper’s Bazaar, French and Japanese Numéro, W and V magazines.
At the peak of her career, she was ranked 12th on the Top 50 Models Women list by models.com. Vogue Paris declared her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s. She was chosen to be in the Pirelli Calendar 2010, and was photographed by Terry Richardson in Bahia, Brazil. After taking a break from modeling, from 2009 to 2012, her big return was the Fall/Winter season in 2013. That year, she opened 7 shows and became the first face of FashionTV. The next years were successful as well: she appeared in Kenneth Cole, Donna Karan, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, and Blumarine. She also appeared in advertising campaigns by Dior eyewear and Giorgio Armani, and appeared on the covers of Turkish, Russian, Mexican and Australian Vogue as well as Numero, i-D, W, Dazed & Confused, Pop, Rika, Interview, Antidote, and Muse. Models.com declared Mcneil as an industry icon in 2014.
McNeil is bisexual. In late 2009, she was photographed kissing Australian model and actress Ruby Rose during a pool party in Los Angeles. The pair were reportedly engaged, but the engagement was called off on 2 July 2010. She subsequently started dating British male model Miles Langford, and the couple became engaged in 2013. However, the pair later called off the engagement. McNeil dated British model and photographer Emily Hope from early June 2014 to January 2015.
McNeil has over 108 tattoos, the majority of which are on her back.
Catherine McNeil can be contacted via these modeling agencies
Modelwerk – Hamburg
View Management – Barcelona, Spain
2PM Model Management – Copenhagen
Chic Management – Sydney (Mother Agency)
Tess Management – London
Elite Model Management – Milan
Oui Management – Paris
The Society Model Management – New York
She has advertised for several brands such as Alannah Hill, Boss by Hugo Boss, Carolina Herrera ‘212 Vip’ fragrance, Christian Dior jewelry, Cue, D&G, Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana Resort, Diesel, Donna Karan, Express, Fine Lines lingerie, GAP, Gaultier 2 by Jean Paul Gaultier, Givenchy, Hermès, Hugo Boss, Hugo Boss Black, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Kenneth Cole, Kookai, Launches Perfume, Louis Vuitton Cruise, Marcs, Myer, Narciso Rodriguez ‘Essence’ fragrance, Natasha Severino, Printemps, RVCA, Seafolly, Sportsgirl, Uniqlo, Versace, and Zimmermann.
First Fashion Show
Catherine McNeil debuted with Ready to Wear – Autumn / Winter 2007 fashion show where she walked the ramp for Anna Molinari, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Atsuro Tayama, Balenciaga, Balmain, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Costume National, DSquared2, Emilio Pucci, Etro, Fendi, Givenchy, Just Cavalli, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Lagerfeld, MaxMara, Missoni, Noir, Roberto Cavalli, Stella McCartney, Valentino, Versace, Ungaro, Viktor and Rolf, and Yves Saint Laurent.
She does hiking, goes for spinning classes, swings under the poles, and what not to maintain her figure.
She really likes to eat chicken burgers. She tries to eat healthy stuff most of the time. Her sample diet plan is as like –
Breakfast – Toasted egg with ham, and cheese sandwich
Lunch – Salad nicoise with tuna, carrots and more veggies
Snack – Chocolate-chip cookie
Dinner – Chicken noodle soup, and a honey-and-oat bar.
Due to her busy schedule and tiredness, she sometimes skips dinner.
Catherine McNeil Favorite Things
Salad – Salad nicoise
Catherine McNeil Facts
Catherine has appeared in 2008 and 2010 Pirelli Calendar, which was shot by Terry Richardson.
At 14, she won the model search contest hosted by Girlfriend.
She is fond of motorbikes.
In 2006, she signed an exclusive six-month editorial contract with Mario Testino in New York.
According to Vogue Paris, she is one of the top 30 models of 2000s.
McNeil has appeared in 2008 France Vogue Calendar.
She enjoys listening to The Black Keys, and playing Rugby.
Catherine is friends with models Abbey Lee Kershaw, Magdalena Frackowiak, Irina Kulikova, Lakshmi Menon, Tanya Dziahileva, Anja Rubik, Sarah Stephens, Freja Beha Erichsen, Suvi Koponen, and Paolo Roldan.
She did not do modeling from 2009 to 2011 as she was romantically linked to Ruby Rose.
Catherine takes inspiration from British fashion photographer Mario Testino.