Elle Macpherson (born 29 March 1963) is an Australian model, actress, philanthropist
and businesswoman. She is best known for her record five cover appearances for
the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue from the 1980s and '90s and into the 2000s.
She is also known as the founder and public face of a series of business ventures
including Elle Macpherson Intimates, a lingerie line, and "The Body",
a line of skin care products. According to Forbes, she is worth around £60
At age 17, planning to follow in her stepfather's footsteps, Elle enrolled to
study law at Sydney University. Before starting college, she visited the United
States with the intent of spending her gap year modeling in order to pay for her
university education. Macpherson traveled to New York, where she initially signed
with Click Model Management. It was to be the beginning of a 25-year stay.
Her career properly began in 1982 with a television commercial for Tab Cola
that 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"); she had by that time also been featured on the covers
of Elle, GQ, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Tatler, and Playboy.
Already possessing worldwide name recognition, Macpherson cemented her high
profile through frequent appearances in Elle magazine, where she appeared in
every issue for six straight years. During this time she married, when she was
21, Elle Creative Director Gilles Bensimon.
Eventually she gained even more exposure through Sports Illustrated magazine’s
annual swimsuit issue. She appeared on the cover a record five times, in 1986,
1987, 1988, 1994 and 2006. Her popularity had reached such a level that Australian
government offered her a post on its tourist commission as an unofficial ambassador.
Full name: Elle MacPherson Birthdate: March 29, 1963 Birthplace: Cronulla, Sydney, Australia