This is an extract from our cover story with Elle Macpherson. For more stories like this, pick up the June issue of InStyle Australia, available May 17th.
Elle Macpherson is fresh from the surf, running her hands through tousled wet hair as she settles on the sundeck at Jonah’s, an ultraprivate boutique hotel perched high on the headland of Sydney’s picturesque Whale Beach. The entrepreneur is based in Miami these days, and after jetting in for our InStyle shoot with youngest son Aurelius Cy (who goes by Cy) in tow, an ocean swim was mandatory. She grew up not far from here, in Killara on Sydney’s leafy North Shore, and looks very happy to be home. When we meet, her bare yet instantly recognisable face is framed by an enormous straw hat, and she folds two sandy feet into her lap as Cy squeezes in beside her. “We thought you might want to ask Cy some questions,” she says laughing, affectionately wrapping an arm around the 15-year-old’s shoulder. He’s making an appearance in our shoot too, and nods eagerly when asked if there might be a future ahead of him in the world of modelling. “School first, though,” Macpherson insists.
2018 has ushered in a fresh new chapter for women globally. It’s a very powerful and liberating time to be a woman. I’m hugely excited for the women around me
While she might be in mum-mode this particular afternoon, the 54-year-old is as busy professionally as she’s ever been. After reigning on runways, covers and campaigns for a large part of her working life, the supermodel turned to entrepreneurialism, forming her company Elle Macpherson Inc. “I wanted to be more in control,” she says of the career pivot. “I wanted to enjoy the projects I was doing and diversify, and also create an income stream that might not have been there if I sat and waited for people to choose me.” Her first step was building a lingerie empire—one that continues to grow today. It began back in 1990, when she partnered with Bendon to create Elle Macpherson