Gabrielle Reece

Gabrielle-reece and kids

Reece in 2011, image via kathclick/

Birth Name: Gabrielle Allyse Reece

Place of Birth: La Jolla, San Diego, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 6, 1970

Ethnicity: African-Trinidadian (paternal grandfather), English, Irish, Scottish

Gabrielle Reece is an American professional volleyball player, sports announcer, fashion model, and actress. She is nicknamed “Gabby.”

She is the daughter of Terry (Glynn) and Robert Eduardo/Edward Reece. Her father was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and worked as a psychologist. Her mother is a white American. She was raised in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Gabrielle is married to big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton, with whom she has two children.

A picture of Gabrielle’s father can be seen here.

Gabrielle has said:

…My grandfather was Black, and my grandmother was White. A lot of my family are still in Trinidad… Women of color can always tell [that Gabrielle has African ancestry]. They’re the ones who ask me.

Gabrielle’s paternal grandfather was Edward Albert Reece (the son of William Reece and Alice Huggins). Edward was born in Trinidad, and was black.

Gabrielle’s paternal grandmother was Winifred/Winnifrid/Winnifred Melissa Beal (the daughter of Arthur G. Beal and Lida Maud Mitchell). Winifred was born in Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts. She was white. Arthur was the son of John Beal and Melissa Grant. Lida was the daughter of Charles Mitchell and Nellie Moore.

Sources: Naturalization record of Gabrielle’s paternal grandfather, Edward Albert Reece –

Birth record of Gabrielle’s paternal grandmother, Winifred/Winnifrid/Winnifred Melissa Beal –

Marriage record of Gabrielle’s paternal great-grandparents, Arthur G. Beal and Lida Maud Mitchell –


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59 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    Her father, Terry Glynn -> Her mother, Terry Glynn

  2. WTF says:

    She looks whiter than hell.

  3. ShawntheGod says:

    She looks fully white and then some!

  4. Jem says:

    Hmm some of you talk a lot of things that you do not know.
    Ok I am Trini so I can tell you, when the term Afro-Trinidadian is used it means, a black trini. Yes because of our culture most trinis are mixed, some more than others. It is common to see a dougla trini look mostly negro and not indian yet oe of their parents are indian. It is also common to see an indian woman have a baby with a white man and the child either come out looking pure white or pure east indian. We are used to this and it is not a problem, I think for a country that has so many immigrants you guys would get over the whole idea of what a mixed race person SHOULD look like. Who cares it is 2012, move on with your lives

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    • Trin-Tigan_Afro_Cau_Azn says:

      I couldn’t have said it better sista.

      I’m Half Trini and half my Great grant uncles and aunts range in looks between Vanessa Williams and Gabrielle Reece.

      Oddly Enough my grandmother looks like a Arawak Indian lol.

      I think unless your from Brazil or a country with alot of Creole people its hard to understand the amount of diversity you can have with mixed people.

      Ive see two dark people make a light baby and to light people make a dark baby.

      Most Americans first reaction is that the mother must be cheating.

  5. Jane says:

    I think that is awesome she has african ancestry. I love the fact that she is mixed with black and doesn’t look nothing at all because you do not have to look black to be mixed with black. So to those racist people you must be sad because she is a beautiful women and you racist whites cannot claim her lol suck it. I have a son with a white men he looks very southern european looking doesn’t look black.

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