Elle Macpherson, 55, says being 6ft tall with a 36 bust set her apart from the ...

Elle Macpherson 'embraced her own uniqueness' when she began modelling.

The 55-year-old Australian was still a teenager when she flew to New York to start her long-running career in the 1980s. But her body was different from other models.  

'I realized early on that I was never going to have the waif-thin body,' said the Vogue Australia cover girl. 'I was six-foot tall, 36 hips, 36 bust and broad shoulders from swimming all my life. I just needed to embrace my uniqueness.'

Her past: Elle Macpherson 'embraced her own uniqueness' when she began modelling. The 55-year-old Australian beauty was still a teenager when she flew to New York to start her long-running fashion career in the 1980s. But her body was different from other models

Her past: Elle Macpherson 'embraced her own uniqueness' when she began modelling. The 55-year-old Australian was still a teenager when she flew to New York to start her long-running career in the 1980s. But her body was different from other models

She stood out in the crowd: . 'I realized early on that I was never going to have the waif-thin fashion body

Bigger is better: 'I was six-foot tall, 36 hips, 36 bust and broad shoulders from swimming all my life. I just needed to embrace my uniqueness'

She stood out in the crowd: . 'I realized early on that I was never going to have the waif-thin body.'I was six-foot tall, 36 hips, 36 bust and broad shoulders from swimming all my life. I just needed to embrace my uniqueness'

At the time the hot models were Cindy Crawford (5ft9in), Kim Alexis (5ft9in), Iman (5ft9in) and Renée Simonsen (5ft10in).

And she came to the US with almost nothing. 'I'd never even taken an airplane before. I had a few hundred dollars in my pocket, no return ticket and a sort of naivety,' she said.

Elle has also opened up on how she keeps her figure looking in such incredible shape she is worthy of keeping her nickname 'The Body'.

Speaking to Vogue Australia, she shared: 'I'm a morning person, I love the morning light, I like sunrises and I like that quiet time in the morning before everyone is up. 

'Often I'll start the day with a fresh celery juice. And then I move on to make a green smoothie. It's all about the greens, so I love greens, any kind of greens.'

Her boys: The striking blonde - who has two sons Cy, 16 and Flynn, 21 with her ex-partner Arpad Busson - posed with her men for the cover of Vogue

Her boys: The striking blonde - who has two sons Cy, 16 and Flynn, 21 with her ex-partner

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