Sports Illustrated Legend Elle!
Elle Macpherson (born Eleanor Nancy Gow on 29 March, either 1963 or 1964) is an Australian model who has branched out into becoming a businesswoman, television host, and actress. She is a "one name" celebrity - if you talk about a model named "Elle," everyone knows who you are talking about.
Elle is perhaps best known for gracing the cover of five Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editions, but there is much more to this talented lady. She remains at the top of her game decades after first arriving on the scene.
Elle was born in Killara, New South Wales, Australia to sound engineer Peter Gow and nurse Frances Gow. After her parents divorced at age 10, and she later took the name of her stepfather, becoming Eleanor Macpherson. She grew up on the north shore of Sydney, then studied law for a year at the University of Sydney.
Travelling to New York City, she signed with Click Model Management. She began appearing in Australian tv commercials in 1982, and by 1986 she was already so famous that she was appearing on all the big fashion covers such as Elle, Cosmopolitan and GQ. She also began her record string of Sports Illustrated covers, which ultimately expanded to 1986, 1987, 1988, 1994 and 2006. That apparently was a record, and may still be.
With her worldwide fame as a model assured, Elle turned to acting, appearing in "Sirens" (1994). She also made an appearance in Playboy, and about the same time she formed her own modelling company, Elle Macpherson Inc. All along, she was engaged in ancillary activities such as calendars and television programs.
Fashion design was next on Elle's list, as she launched the fabulously successful "Elle Macpherson Intimates." She took an active role in designing the clothes herself. Beauty products bearing her name and other business endeavors followed.
Elle is a well-known television presenter around the globe. She hosts "Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model" and NBC's "Fashion Star." She also does a lot of charity work and is an ambassador for UNICEF.
Married to fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon in 1984, Elle divorced him a few years later. She later took up with French financier Arpad Busson in 1986, and together they have had two sons, Flynn and Aurelius. Elle and Arpad separated in 2005. Elle later married billionaire Jeffrey Soffer in 2013. The pair reportedly separated after a four-year relationship in June 2017.
Having children is my greatest achievement. It was my saviour. It switched my focus from the outside to the inside. My children are gifts, they remind me of what's important.
For a while I was on the cover of every Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, which was regarded as the pinnacle of success in America.
I feel beautiful when I'm at peace with myself. When I'm serene, when I'm a good person, when I've been considerate of others.
I wanted so badly to study ballet, but it was really all about wearing the tutu.
Elle has developed quite a career as an actress. She is perhaps best known for playing Sheela in "Sirens" (1993), but she has made numerous television appearances in recent years:
I choose movies, I never choose roles. I look at the script. I look at the director. I look at the other actors - and then the role.
Elle made People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" list in 1995, but truthfully, should could have made it every year from 1985-2000 at the very least.
Elle has her own line of lingerie in Australia.
FHM Australia named Elle No. 35 on its 2011 list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World" - at the age of 47.
Elle speaks good French - very useful for a high fashion model - and a little Italian and Spanish.
In 1999, she was quoted as saying about modelling, "I'm too old for that."
In 1999, she also said, "I am at a really good place in my life right now. A really, really good place."
Nudity has never been an issue for me - I'm Australian. It's more of a thing in America. I mean people can buy guns, yet it's against the law to be topless on the beach.
Elle apparently got her last name by accident. "Macpherson" was the last name of her stepfather, but not Elle's. A school clerk used that even though previously Elle had gone by her previous last name of Gow. The name stuck, else she would be known as Elle Gow.
I went to America on holiday when I was 17 and, before I knew it, I'd been signed up by an agency and had these obligations I didn't understand, but which I couldn't say no to. This industry chose me. But I did choose to make it fulfilling.