In spring 2011, the Belgian model fell hard and injured her left knee running through the airport to catch her flight to Italy. She was booked for a photo shooting in Milan.
In sense of duty, the 23 year old boarded the plane and hoped it will get better. But when landed in Milan, walking was very painful and she decided to take a taxi to the next hospital. The model thought as worst case they treat it with pain killers and give her crutches. But on top of that, the physicians put a thick cast around her knee.
"I wasn't in the hospital long and went straight to the job afterwards," she remembered. People on the set were not amused as they saw her with cast and crutches. "Somehow, the photographer and stylist made my cast part of the story." Giampaolo Sgura photographed her together with six top models in high heels. It was a production for the Antidote Magazine. The fallís issue 2011 of this French bi-annual magazine was all about sexy shoes: sky-high heels, killer boots, stilettos and others.
Hanne Gaby Odiele made her debut on the international runways in 2005. In December 2006, she was hit by a car in New York that run through a red light. The impact of the crash was so severe, that the model ended up with two broken legs and other fractures. She was left bedridden for several months and had multiple surgeries. After intense physical therapy, she was back on the runway in the end of 2007, walking again for Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Prada. "My career and my walk have only become better after that", she remembers. "So I'm feeling like this accident now can only make my walk more fierce."