Elle MacPherson (born Eleanor Nancy Gow; 29 March 1964) is an Australian supermodel, actress, producer, presenter and entrepreneur who first became famous through her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues during the 1980s and 1990s, debuting in 1985 and appearing on the cover a record five times, including three times in a row from 1986-1988. She appeared in MANY fashion magazines during her active modeling career, including appearing in every issue of, naturally, ELLE for six straight years. Following a brief appearance in Woody Allen's 1990 film Alice, she made her first significant acting appearance in 1994's Sirens, where she drew notice, for different reasons, both for appearing nude and for giving what some critics, including Leonard Maltin, deemed a good performance. She, Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer tried their hand at a celebrity restaurant called the Fashion Café, which did not last very long. She has had more success with her lingerie company Elle MacPherson Intimates, as well as other business ventures.
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- Alliterative Name: Her character in The Edge was named Mickey Morse.
- Fashion Show: Although known more for appearing in magazines, she could and did walk the runways as well as any of her contemporaries.
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Her last name is meant to rhyme with "person." It is not "Mac-Pheerson."
- Omniglot: She's fluent in French and can also speak Spanish and Italian.
- Reality Show: She hosted Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model, and hosts and executive produced NBC's Fashion Star.
- The Rival: Heidi Klum, after she originally accused Klum of stealing the nickname "The Body." Eventually, she said it was OK.
- Sesquipedalian Smith: Played straight, then inverted. She was born Eleanor Gow. Her parents divorced when she was a teenager and her mother married a man named MacPherson. Elle took the new surname and balanced it out by shortening her first name.
- Sitcom: Played Joey's roommate Janine on Season 6 of Friends.
- Statuesque Stunner: She is six feet tall.
- Take That!: Her May 1994 Playboy appearance was one to the mainstream media who were trying to find nude photos of her, as it was a way for her to appear in nude photos "on her own terms."
- What Could Have Been:She was so popular that the Australian Government at one point offered her a position on its tourism commission as an unofficial ambassador.
- She did not intend to make modeling a career. Her original plan was to go to law school and she got into modeling as a way to pay for her law books. Instead, she caught on and the rest is history.