Name at birth: Eleanor Gow
Mixing a girl-next-door grin with an athletic Aussie body, Elle Macpherson first hit the cover of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue in 1986. The magazine made her reputation: she appeared on the issue's cover again in 1987 and 1988 and went on to became one of the most acclaimed models of the 1990s. Macpherson supplemented her modelling career with appearances in movies like Sirens (1994, with Hugh Grant) and Batman and Robin (1997, with George Clooney). She also started her own lingerie line, Elle Macpherson Intimates. She joined fellow models Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell as an original partner in the Fashion Cafe restaurant chain.
Elle Macpherson was married to photographer Gilles Bensimon from 1985-89. She had a long relationship with financier Arpad Busson, with whom she has two children: Arpad Flynn (b. 1998) and Aurelius Cy (b. 2003)… Macpherson also appeared in group shots on the SI swimsuit issue cover in 1994 and 2006.