Elle Macpherson is a modern, award-winning fashion icon; supermodel, entrepreneur, businesswoman, philanthropist, actress and proud mum. She began modelling at 16 after losing a bet. A girlfriend, and model, waged $20 her agency would take Elle on. They did, Elle paid up, and it will forever remain money well lost!
At 18, Elle was modelling in New York and saving to attend university. Her two week sojourn in the Big Apple turned into 4 years, and led to a 30-year career in editorial and commercial work, doing runway shows and gracing thousands of magazine covers.
One of the most coveted covers of all, the Sports Illustrated annual Swimsuit Issue features Elle a record 6-times, more than any other model before or since. SI was the only American publication to feature a model's name on the front cover, and it gave rise to the era of the supermodel, with Elle riding the crest of that wave that extended well beyond fashion. In 1989 Elle was the subject of a cover story in Time magazine.
Throughout the 90s Elle demonstrated her designer instincts and business acumen, launching Elle Macpherson Intimates (1990), calendars (1992), her own company (Elle Macpherson Inc, 1994), and investing in Fashion Cafe (1995). In 2007 BBC2’s Money Programme aired an episode entitled “Elle Macpherson: Super Business Model”.
During this time she also appeared in films such as Batman (1997) with George Clooney, a recurring role on hit TV sitcom Friends (1999), and hosted Britain’s Next Top Model (2010). Her most precious role however, is being a mother to sons Flynn and Andrea, born in 1998 and 2003 respectively.
A campaigner for Breast Cancer Awareness since 1996, Elle has also been an ambassador for children’s charity Smile since 2007 and has raised HIV awareness in Africa.
In recognition of her contribution to fashion, Elle’s accolades include:
- Figleaves Entrepreneur of the Year, 2005
- Glamour Magazine Style Icon Award, 2006
- Elle Magazine International Style Icon Award (Spain), 2006
- Marie Claire Prix de la Mode 20 years in Business, 2007
- Everywoman Outstanding Designer Award, 2007
- Femmys Lingerie Designer of the Year (USA), 2008
- World Career Award (Austria), 2009
To learn more about Elle's life and career, visit her personal website