Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Hair colour Light brown
Eye colour Brown
Dress size (EU) 40
The Body may have started out as a tagline, but my health and energy are just as important to me now as in my early modeling days.
As a mother to two growing boys, I seek balance, in both mind and body.
In my experience, fitness goes above and beyond the treadmill. Working out and developing physicality is important, but I also focus on the enjoyment that sport and activity add to life.
Life can be pretty hectic — I find yoga steadies the senses, and regular practice helps develop focus, discipline, energy and awareness. I recognize the benefits of a wholesome, varied, organic diet and I supplement when needed.
I nourish my body and soul.
Relationships and connections with my family, my sons, siblings, friends and collaborators are paramount in my life. I make sure I care for my mind and spirit as I do my body. Whilst I think it’s important to encourage curiosity and exploration, it’s not about overloading the mind, bombarding it with information. Quality over quantity is my motto.
One of the most important things in my life is developing my inner spirit, by making time to listen to my intuition.
Elle Macpherson (born 29 March, either 1963 or 1964) is an Australian businesswoman, television host, model, and actress.
She is well known for her record five cover appearances for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue beginning in the 1980s, leading to her nickname “The Body”. She is also known as the founder primary model and creative director for a series of business ventures, including Elle Macpherson Intimates, a lingerie line, and The Body, a line of skin care products.
In 2010, she became the host and executive producer of Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model. She is currently an executive producer of NBC’s Fashion Star and was the host for the first season.
Rise to fame as model
Macpherson enrolled to study law at Sydney University. Before beginning her university studies, she visited the United States to spend one year doing modelling work in order to earn money to pay for her law books.
She traveled to New York City, where she initially signed up with Click Model Management. Her modeling career began in 1982 with a television commercial for Tab which established her as a “girl next door” figure in Australia.
In 1986, Time magazine had already put her on the cover (with a feature entitled “The Big Elle”) but by that time, she had also appeared on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Elle, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.
She cemented her high profile through frequent appearances in Elle, where she appeared in every issue for six straight years. During that time, at the age of 21, she married Gilles Bensimon, the creative director of Elle.
Eventually she garnered more exposure through Sports Illustrated magazine’s annual Swimsuit Issue. She appeared on the cover a record five times: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1994, and 2006. Along with Naomi Campbell, she co-hosted the Miss Universe 2001 pageant. Her popularity had reached such a level that Australian government offered her a position on its tourist commission as an unofficial ambassador.
After appearing nude in the 1994 film Sirens, Macpherson learned that the media had begun searching for nude photos of her, including contacting her ex-boyfriends. To address this, Macpherson appeared in a nude pictorial in the May 1994 issue of Playboy magazine, in order to produce nude photos “on her own terms”.
Macpherson returned to the runway in 2010 to close the fall Louis Vuitton show for Marc Jacobs in Paris.
In the 1980s, together with Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Tatjana Patitz, Naomi Campbell, Pavlína Pořízková, and Cindy Crawford, Macpherson became part of the new generation of supermodels.
In 1989 she was given the nickname Elle “The Body” Macpherson by Time Magazine after she appeared on their cover. She went on to use the name in a number of business ventures.
In 1994, she left her agency, Ford Models, to form her own company, Elle Macpherson Inc., which would serve as the financial organizational base for her later endeavors.
She soon went on to produce her own highly popular series of calendars, each of which was accompanied by a “making of” television program in 1992, 1993, and 1994. She used this success as a springboard to create the “Your Personal Best – The Body” series of workout videos.
She later diversified her portfolio of businesses, and in 1990 launched her lingerie collection ‘Elle Macpherson Intimates’ in partnership with Bendon Limited Apparel. Intimates met with remarkable international success, becoming the single best-selling lingerie line in both Great Britain and Australia.
The partnership was among the first instances of a crossover between a model and a fashion label. In 1989, when she was first approached by Bendon to promote their lingerie in Australia, Macpherson saw an opportunity to reverse their strategy and suggested a licensing arrangement, with products bearing her name and designs created in partnership with Bendon’s team. Though commonplace now, the idea was unorthodox at the time.
Macpherson took a leading role in the development and management of the company, serving as Chief Marketing Officer and later Creative Director. In January 2010, Macpherson expanded the line, launching Obsidian as a sub-brand.
While nursing her second child, she spearheaded the development of a signature maternity bra line.
Intimates has retained a high brand recognition into the 2000s, appearing as a featured brand on America’s Next Top Model; last year, the brand celebrated 10 years of being stocked at Selfridges.
Macpherson has also created her own line of beauty products: “Elle Macpherson – The Body”. The line was carried at Boots, and Australian suncare brand Invisible Zinc.
In addition to her executive responsibilities at Elle Macpherson Intimates and The Body, Macpherson spent a year on the Board of Directors at Hot Tuna, advising on product development, brand positioning and sales strategy.
In March 2008, she signed a three-year deal with Revlon Cosmetics, which named her a Global Brand Ambassador.
She has since been featured in print and advertising campaigns for the company.
In 2007, the BBC TV series The Money Programme aired a documentary which followed Macpherson through her day-to-day business as she continued to develop her international lingerie business.
In 2009 Macpherson delivered the Keynote Address at the annual meeting of the International Trademark Association.