Elle Macpherson

© Evan Rinaldi

© Evan Rinaldi


Elle Macpherson, born as Eleanor Nancy Gow on March 29, 1964 in New South Wales is an Australian television host, model, actress and businesswoman. Macpherson was spotted by modeling booker in Colorado while she was on a ski vacation. She got the nickname “The Body” because of her athletic built and height (six feet tall). Her modeling career started in 1982 with a television commercial that established her as the “girl next door” figure in Australia. Macpherson got more publicity by appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine’s annual swimsuit issue for a record five times in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1994, and 2006. She also appeared in a few films and television series and hosted numerous shows. Macpherson married French fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon in May 1986 but, they separated three years later. From 1996, she had a long-term relationship with French financier Arpad Busson before separating in July 2005. They have two sons together. Macpherson is an UNICEF ambassador and is a spokesperson for Smile in Australia. In March 2008, she became the face of Revlon cosmetics. Elle Macpherson is known for wearing the perfume L’artisan Passage D’Enfer.