Being surrounded by beautiful young models would be enough to send many a forty-something woman running for a dark corner. But Elle Macpherson decided to make sure the spotlight stayed firmly on her. The mother-of-two squeezed into a pair of eye-wateringly tight PVC trousers for the launch party for the new series of the TV reality show, Britain’s Next Top Model.
At 47, she shows no sign of losing the slender figure and long legs that earned her the nickname ‘The Body’ – and reminded the show’s 25 aspiring young models exactly what it takes to make it in the industry. Macpherson paired the wet-look trousers, from Karl Lagerfeld’s forthcoming Fall/Winter collection, with a loose-fitting white t-shirt and a pair of black Christian Louboutin heels.
The Australian star said: "We are born with our genes, but how we present that is up to us. That’s why I work better than I did 30 years ago. I still have the same genetics, but I’ve changed as a woman. I am more confident in my body now, and I am more confident being me. I do think it is something you can learn." Perhaps she proved that age also brings wisdom when it comes to fashion.
Her show-stopping PVC look was reminiscent of Olivia Newton-John in the 1978 film Grease – which was released before many of the Britain’s Next Top Model contestants were born.
Macpherson, who is replacing Lisa Snowdon as host on the show, was joined at the party in London by her fellow judges, designer Julien Macdonald, and model Charley Speed.
The 25 hopefuls battling it out to be crowed Britain’s Next Top Model are: Charlotte Holmes, Tiffany Pisani, Delita Cole, Harleen Kaur Nottay, Kadian Noble, Kirsty Parsons, Nicola Wright, Amba Hudson-Skye, Chloe Peers, Simone Clark, Jennifer Smith, Susan Loughanne, Sophie Kerr, Francessca Pont, Marie Smith, Samirah Warsama, Emma Williams, Alisha White, Joy McLaren, Alize Mounter, Suzanne Harger, Amelia Thomas, Olivia Oldham-Stevens, Rachelle Harry, and Hannah Goodeve.