Elle Macpherson in Sydney in 2011
|Born||Eleanor Nancy Gow
29 March 1964 
Killara, Sydney, Australia
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Hair colour||Light brown|
|Dress size||(EU) 40|
|Spouse||Gilles Bensimon (1986–1989)|
|Children||Arpad Flynn Alexander Busson (b. 1998)
Aurelius Cy Andrea Busson (b. 2003)
Elle Macpherson (born 29 March 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.
Macpherson was born Eleanor Nancy Gow, in the Killara neighbourhood of Sydney, the daughter of entrepreneur and sound engineer Peter Gow, a former president of a Sydney rugby league team, the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, and Frances Gow, a nurse. Macpherson’s parents divorced when she was 10 years old, and she moved with her mother and two siblings. Her mother later remarried, and a clerical mistake in registering at her new school meant that her name was changed from her father's, Gow, to her stepfather's, Macpherson. Macpherson grew up in East Lindfield, a suburb in the affluent North Shore of Sydney, and attended Killara High School, completing her Higher School Certificate in 1981. She briefly studied law for one year at the University of Sydney. Macpherson has a sister, businesswoman and environmentalist Mimi Macpherson, also known as Miriam Frances Gow.
Macpherson travelled to New York City, where she initially signed up with Click Model Management.
Macpherson's modelling career began in 1982 with a television commercial for Tab which established her as a "girl next door" figure in Australia. By 1986, Time magazine had already put her on the cover (with a feature entitled "The Big Elle"). By that time, she had also appeared on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Elle, GQ, Harper's Bazaar and Vogue.
Macpherson 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.
|Macpherson's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover from February 10, 1986|
|Macpherson's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover from February 9, 1987|
|Macpherson's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover from February 15, 1988|
|Macpherson's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover from February 14, 1994|
|Macpherson's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover from February 17, 2006|
Eventually she gained even 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".
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.
MacPherson 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.
Macpherson 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.
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, Macpherson 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.
Macpherson has received a number of awards recognizing her business acumen and the success of Elle Macpherson Intimates. In 2005, she was named Glamour Magazine's Entrepreneur of the Year; in 2007, she received an Everywoman Ambassador Award recognizing her success as a businesswoman; in 2008, the Underfashion Club's Femmy Awards crowned her Lingerie Designer of the Year; in 2009, she received a World Career Award from the Women's World Awards.
Macpherson made her movie debut playing an artist's model in the 1994 Sirens, which also starred Hugh Grant, Sam Neill, Tara FitzGerald, Kate Fischer, and Portia de Rossi. Macpherson gained nine kg (20 lbs.) to disguise her athletic frame for the period role. After Sirens, Macpherson followed with a two-year series of acting roles, appearing in films such as Woody Allen’s Alice, Batman & Robin alongside George Clooney, The Edge with Anthony Hopkins, and The Mirror Has Two Faces with Barbra Streisand.
In 1999, Macpherson appeared in five episodes of the American TV series Friends as Joey Tribbiani's roommate and eventual girlfriend, Janine Lecroix. Macpherson went on to act in the movie Jane Eyre with William Hurt, and she has also appeared alongside Ben Stiller and Sarah Jessica Parker in If Lucy Fell. Her most controversial acting role was in the Showtime cable network miniseries, A Girl Thing, in which she plays a woman experimenting with bisexuality along with Kate Capshaw. In 2001, she appeared in the Italian movie South Kensington.
Macpherson played the modelling agent Claudia Foster in The CW Network's drama series, The Beautiful Life, appearing with Mischa Barton, Sara Paxton and Corbin Bleu. The show centred on aspiring models working for a modelling agency, trying to make it big in New York City and in the fashion world.
In July 2010, Macpherson became the new host of Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model, taking over from Lisa Snowdon. She also serves as executive producer on the show. The revamped show's panelists now include OBE-winning fashion designer Julien Macdonald, designer Whitney Port and male model Tyson Beckford.
Macpherson hosts and executive produces NBC's reality competition series Fashion Star. The series gives 14 unknown designers, mentored by celebrities such as Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie, and John Varvatos, the chance to launch their collections in three of America's largest clothing retailers, including Macy's, H&M, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Its first season was sold to 75 countries.
According to a police statement reproduced online, between 11 and 22 July 1997 William Ryan Holt and Michael Mischler broke into Macpherson's Los Angeles house while she was away on business in Chicago. They stole an estimated $100,000 worth of jewellery, $6,000 in cash, and nude photographs. The two were arrested on 4 August 1997.
Mischler, 29, pled guilty to one count of attempted extortion and one count of burglary. He received a six-year and eight-month prison sentence. Holt, 26, a former U.S. Air Force enlisted man and a military-justice convict out on parole, pled guilty to one count of extortion, and he was sentenced to one year in prison.
Macpherson is a European Ambassador for RED, an initiative set up by Bono and Bobby Shriver to raise money and awareness for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and to help eradicate AIDS for women and children in Africa. She is also an ambassador for UNICEF. In her native Australia, she is an ambassador for the Smile Foundation, which helps the families of children with rare diseases and organises government research grants. She has also modelled for charitable causes including fundraising for 2007 British flood victims, and child welfare group Absolute Return for Kids.
In 2012, Macpherson led Sky's campaign for International Women's Day.
MacPherson is a patron for the National Association for the Children Of Alcoholics (NACOA).
Macpherson met Gilles Bensimon in 1984 on a photo session for Elle magazine. They were married in May 1986, and divorced in 1989. Macpherson has two sons, Arpad Flynn Alexander Busson (born 14 February 1998), and Aurelius Cy Andrea Busson (born 4 February 2003), with her former partner, French financier Arpad Busson.
From 2010 to early 2012, Macpherson was in a relationship with property developer Jeff Soffer.
|1996||If Lucy Fell||Jane Lindquist|
|1996||Jane Eyre||Blanche Ingram|
|1996||The Mirror Has Two Faces||Candice|
|1997||Batman & Robin||Julie Madison|
|1997||The Edge||Mickey Morse|
|1998||With Friends Like These...||Samantha Mastandrea|
|2001||A Girl Thing||Lauren Travis||TV film|
|1996||Saturday Night Live||Herself||"Elle Macpherson/Sting" (season 21: episode 14)
"John Goodman/Everclear" (season 21: episode 15)
|1999–2000||Friends||Janine LaCroix||"The One Where Phoebe Runs" (season 6: episode 7)
"The One with Ross' Teeth" (season 6: episode 8)
"The One Where Ross Got High" (season 6: episode 9)
"The One with the Routine" (season 6: episode 10)
"The One with the Apothecary Table" (season 6: episode 11)
|2008||America's Next Top Model||Herself||"Top Model Makeovers" (cycle 10: episode 3)|
|2009||The Beautiful Life: TBL||Claudia Foster||Main role; series canceled after 2 episodes|
|2010–present||Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model||Herself||Host; reality TV series|
|2012–present||Fashion Star||Herself||Host; reality TV series|
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