Elle Macpherson was coined The Body when she started modeling in her native Australia in the 1980s because she had such an amazing figure with toned arms and legs and a tiny waistline.
Now at age 54, the Vogue favorite is still proving that she has got it as she graced the cover of New Beauty this month.
In her interview, the star said she noticed a lot changed in 2014 when she turned 50 and it concerned her: ‘I started to put on weight around my waist and hips, which was never my thing before. My legs started to get heavy. I started to feel lethargic. I also didn’t feel inspired. I wasn’t sleeping. My whole energy felt heavy.’ So she turned to a plant-based diet.
Still hot stuff: Elle Macpherson talked to New Beauty about staying in top shape at age 54
This cover comes out just as the beauty has been linked to controversial British doctor Andrew Wakefield, who is still married to his estranged wife.
The photographs were taken by Kelly Bensimon’s ex-husband Gilles Bensimon who started taking photos of Elle when she was in her twenties.
Also in the issue Elle said she hired nutritionist Simone Laubscher who told her to switch to a plant-based alkaline diet, and a jar of the doctor’s custom-mixed powdered greens supplement.
Within two weeks, her skin changed.
‘What I’d always thought were sunspots—actually, they were sugar spots— started to clear, and my skin looked tighter, dewier and plumper. I started to lose weight, probably because my sugar cravings had subsided.
New world: ‘I started to put on weight around my waist and hips, which was never my thing before. My legs started to get heavy. I started to feel lethargic. I also didn’t feel inspired. I wasn’t sleeping. My whole energy felt heavy.’ So she turned to a plant-based diet.
‘My digestion improved. I felt more emotionally balanced.’
The change was so dramatic, ‘it was like a light bulb went off,’ she said. ‘I realized, this isn’t a fixed state of being. I can change the way I feel.’
Now she is working with Laubscher on Super Elixir Greens, a blend of 45 plant-based ingredients that dissolve in water for an all-in-one daily health boost.
The new Body: ‘My digestion improved. I felt more emotionally balanced.’ The change was so dramatic, ‘it was like a light bulb went off,’ she said. ‘I realized, this isn’t a fixed state of being. I can change the way I feel’
‘If I’m really in my groove, I love a raw, plant-based diet. That’s how I feel best. I eat grains, nuts, seeds, beans, vegetables, almond milk, hemp milk, chia seeds.
‘I make my own granola in a dehydrator. Avocado, salads, juicing—you know, beautiful, whole, natural foods. As far as animal products are concerned, I’ll have a poached egg every now and then, some Parmesan cheese and goat cheese, but they’re not staples of my diet.’
And she starts her day early: ‘I wake up around 5:00 or 5:30 and listen to a guided meditation or do some hands-on Reiki—I learned how to do it on myself. I make sure I’m not checking emails from the minute I wake up; I breathe and just prepare for the day for 10 or 20 minutes.
New brand: Now she is working with Laubscher on Super Elixir Greens, a blend of 45 plant-based ingredients that dissolve in water for an all-in-one daily health boost. ‘If I’m really in my groove, I love a raw, plant-based diet. That’s how I feel best. I eat grains, nuts, seeds, beans, vegetables, almond milk, hemp milk, chia seed’
‘Then I wake up my son Cy—he’s 14; my eldest, Flynn [age 20], is in college in Boston—and make us breakfast. I have hot water and lemon instead of espresso now, and I’ll put in a pinch of cayenne or some ginger, or a little bit of stevia if I want.
‘Then I take two teaspoons of the Super Elixir in 500 milliliters of filtered water. I see that as almost like putting cream on my face. For breakfast, I’ll maybe have a soaked chia seed pudding that I make using almond milk with a little green stevia, some ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, and cinnamon.’
As far as exercise she says she does ‘Vinyasa yoga or power yoga or go for a swim, go paddle boarding or waterskiing, or take the dogs for a walk.’
No strain, lots of gain: As far as exercise she says she does ‘Vinyasa yoga or power yoga or go for a swim, go paddle boarding or waterskiing, or take the dogs for a walk’
She added that ‘walking in seawater is one of the best things I can do for my body. It tones the legs and the waist, it’s great for minerals, and if you have any water retention, it’s a great diuretic. I walk in about thigh-deep or knee-deep water for 40 minutes to an hour.’
And she even has a shower ritual. ‘Before or after I shower, I dry brush my body. You can watch how to do it on YouTube—basically, it’s circular movements toward your heart, from your fingertips and your toes.
‘In the shower, I do about three cycles of switching hot and cold water. You can feel your body start tingling; it’s so good for your lymphatics and circulatory system, and such an easy thing to do.’
New beau: She is now dating former physician Andrew Wakefield, who is seen here in 2007
And she is still a sun worshiper: ‘Forget about the look of a tan—the immune system is very much boosted by sunshine. I try to lie outside for 20 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the afternoon. I close my eyes and raise my face to the sun so that the pineal gland in the front of my head is toward the sun. That just works wonders for your immune system.’
She uses the sunblock Invisible Zinc.
‘I’ve been using an infrared sauna at home for about a year and a half. I try to do it every day for an hour— I’ll watch TV in there or do a meditation or a phone call.
‘That’s been phenomenal for the quality of my skin and the capacity of my body to detox and really function well. There’s a great company here called Therasage; they sell a portable version where your head stays out, which is nice because it gets up to 140 to 170 degrees in there.’
Turns out, she loves being an entrepreneur.
‘I am creating a business focused on wellness, which I believe so profoundly in, I’m a cofounder, I work very closely with my CEO, I’m the figurehead, the face-of, and I sit in my board meetings like any other shareholder of any other company.’
That is why she is so happy at 54: ‘My most fulfilling moment is now.’
Her new beau Wakefield, a former physician, 61, left his wife eight months ago. Their fledgling romance was confirmed this week when DailyMail.com revealed exclusive photos of the loved-up pair walking arm in arm and kissing at an organic food market.
The photos are said to have stunned his 61-year-old estranged wife Carmel, who describes herself as a ‘a medically-trained doctor’, voice actor, radio host and longtime supporter of her estranged husband’s discredited work linking the MMR vaccine to autism. Wakefield was banned from practicing medicine in the UK because of unethical behavior.
Her ex: Jeff Soffer and Macpherson at Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce 87th Annual Gala at Fontainebleau Miami Beach in 2009; they split in 2017
Macpherson has had her own share of marital strife recently after divorcing the billionaire Jeffrey Soffer in 2017, reportedly walking away with a $53m in cash and $26m worth of property.
But the supermodel appeared to have put those troubles behind her as she cozied up to Wakefield, clutching his arm and kissing him tenderly at Glaser’s Farm organic market in Miami on Friday.
A former doctor and researcher, Wakefield became notorious for fuelling the anti-vaccination movement with his widely debunked research claiming the MMR jab caused autism and bowel disease.
He was banned from practicing in the UK in 2010 but relocated his family to the U.S. when he continues to promote his controversial approach to medicine.
Neither Wakefield, nor Macpherson have commented publicly on their relationship status.