memories of the ’80s – Elle Macpherson

In the 1980s, we soon all learned about “The Body” from Australia – supermodel Elle Macpherson.

Born Eleanor Gow in New South Wales, Australia, Elle Macpherson grew up in Sydney and studied law for one year before moving to the United States in 1981 to pursue her modelling career.

Signing with Click Modeling Agency in New York City, Macpherson’s first major national appearance was in a television commercial for Tab soft drink.

Becoming a favourite of Elle Magazine (where she appeared in every issue for six consecutive years, Macpherson landed covers at well-known magazines such as Cosmopolitan, GQ, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

Gracing the cover of Time Magazine in 1986 at a highpoint in her career, Macpherson then began her tenure as a cover model for the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, gracing the cover a record five times – four in the late 1980s and once in the 21st century.

In 1989, she was given the nickname “The Body” by Time Magazine, after appearing on their cover. Along with Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Paulina Porizkova, and Cindy Crawford, Macpherson was part of a new group of supermodels who were the go-to faces for magazines around the world.

Consequently Macpherson has acted in film, produced her own calendars, created her own workout videos and designed her own lingerie collection.


About Waheeda Harris

A pop culture junkie with a penchant for exploring our planet.
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