Edwina McCann’s editor’s letter: August 2019
22nd Jul 2019
When Elle Macpherson featured on the cover of Australia’s 30th anniversary issue, magazine had just labelled the then 25-year-old ‘The Body’. It was 1989 and the crew, headed by photographer Graham Shearer, travelled to Western Australia to shoot on Broome’s Cable Beach and amid the surrounding bushland. The ensuing images were classic Elle: sun-kissed skin, windswept tresses and those long, long limbs.
Fast-forward 30 years (yes, really) and it’s astounding just how little Elle has changed. She may be older and wiser but still has body, and effortlessly owns the laidback tousled beach look like no other. The biggest difference today, of course, if that she’s now mum to two grown sons – Flynn, 21, and Cy, 16 – who are just as genetically blessed as their mum but up until now, had never been photographed with her. “We’ve been asked for years,” Macpherson tells Clare Press from page 116, “[but] we kept the children out of the public eye.”
So why the change of heart? It all came down to milestones – Elle celebrated her 55th birthday this year, her boys have come of age and it’s the fifth anniversary of her mega-successful wellness business, WelleCo.
As Australia prepares for its 60th anniversary later this year, it seems fitting to have Elle feature in the lead-up to our own milestone and return to our cover.
Her career and commitment to Australia has never wavered, and while she’s proud of her past successes, she has always looked to the future and evolved with the times – touchstones, I like to think, this publication also shares.
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