Belgian model Hanne Gaby Odiele was born on 8 October 1987 in Kortrijk, Belgium. She was discovered by Tom Van Dorpe while attending Novarock rock festival in Belgium.
Odiele started her career in 2005, when she signed with Supreme Management in New York City. By September of that year, she made her debut on the runways, walking for Marc by Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, Ruffian, and Thakoon in New York. In 2006 she appeared in editorials for Vogue and became the face of Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti.