By  on December 17, 2013

She was a supermodel long before that term existed. When Gillis MacGil Addison, known in the fashion world by her maiden name, MacGil, strode down a runway, it was with plenty of attitude — elegant, with just a touch of arrogance. Her arresting beauty and catwalk manner set a high standard.

MacGil, who died Monday of cancer in Manhattan at age 85, built a successful career of glamour tempered by hard work, not only with modeling, but also by creating a unique modeling agency; winning numerous fashion awards, and achieving an enviable social status as a hostess in New York and the Hamptons.

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