Thursday, May 28, 2009

Elle Macpherson "Body Industry"

Known as The Body in the modeling industry, Elle didn't get her nickname by accident. Her six-foot frame curves in all the right places and her long, lean legs are the stuff dreams are made of. Add to those qualities lustrous blond hair, sparkling eyes, a beautiful smile, and a sexy Aussie accent, and Elle embodies every man's fantasy woman.

Elle's career has been full of fame and success. Since being discovered when she was 18, Elle has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, and Glamour, just to name a few. And by 1986, her popularity was so intense that Time magazine ran an issue called “The Big Elle.” She was also offered a post as an unofficial ambassador by the Australian government.

By the '90s, she was considered one of the biggest supermodels in the world, alongside such other beauties as Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Cindy Crawford.


Elle Macpherson was born Eleanor Nancy Gow on March 29, 1963, in Sydney, Australia. Elle's original plan was to study pre-law at Sydney University, but when the 18-year-old, six-foot beauty was discovered in Aspen, Colorado, she was immediately signed to her modeling agency.

She soon became an Elle magazine staple, posing for the magazine for six years. While her talent as a model was undeniable, her marriage to the fashion magazine's creative director, Gilles Bensimon, further secured her relationship with the magazine.

By 1986, at the age of 23, Elle was a full-fledged supermodel. She was so popular in Australia that Time magazine named an issue "The Big Elle," and the Australian government simultaneously offered her a position on the tourist commission as an unofficial ambassador.

Just as her career was on the rise, Elle divorced Bensimon in 1989.

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