Elle MacPherson says she's glad her body isn't what it was in her 20s
Amidst wanderlust-inducing images and snaps of avocado toast, it's likely that your Instagram feed is littered with a slew of lithe, long-limbed gazelles, otherwise known as models.
Yes, even though they're tended to by some of the best hair and makeup artists out there, we have to admit that there are many things that separate us genetically inferior folk from those who end up gracing the covers of glossy mags; chiefly, their chiselled bone structure, killer physiques, and angelic faces. But while we go from pay-check to pay-check trying to emulate these superior beings, we have to remember that in the looks- and likes-obsessed society we live in, absolutely everyone feels the pressure to conform to society's oft insurmountable beauty standards.
Well, perhaps not the woman referred to as "the body". Speaking on Wednesday's segment of This Morning, Elle MacPherson revealed that she's never been particularly bothered by ageing, and is actually glad that her body isn't what it used to be in her twenties. And believe it or not, but she has a very good reason for feeling this way.
The 54-year-old Australian beauty recently disclosed that she's glad that she doesn't have the figure she used to in her modelling heyday, as it is evidence of her two "incredible" sons, Flynn and Aurelius.
Saying that she is proud to have lived through "amazing stages of fashion and fitness", MacPherson went on to discuss her youthful look, and why she avoided going down the plastic surgery route.
"I haven’t always looked after my skin," she said, revealing that despite her now-glowing visage, she wasn't always so conscientious when it came to her skincare regimen. "I spent far too much time in the sun. I was born in the 60s, when lying out in the sun with baby oil was fashionable."
"But I haven’t done any plastic surgery, not that I have any judgement - it just hasn’t been my choice. I like a natural looking face."
Asserting that her changed figure is proof of the full life she's lived, MacPherson continued: "I try and do some exercise every day, but thank goodness I don’t have the same body as in my 20s. This body has birthed two incredible boys and lived through amazing stages of fashion and fitness. There have been many changes and I'm grateful to be able to evolve over time. I'm open to change and evolving. These are tangible assets to my life."
But although she isn't bothered by ageing, the model still tries to stay as healthy as possible, and lauded the psychical and mental benefits of following a plant-based diet.
"When I turned 50 I realised things I did in my 20s weren’t working anymore," she explained. "I follow a plant-based alkaline diet, focusing on a healthy, whole food. I take green powder and protein powder every day, and I drink three litres of water a day. Being Australian, the outdoors has always been important to me. So I like to get out, hike, walk the dogs, swim laps and I do yoga in the evening. There’s been such a change not just in my body, but my wellbeing."
Well, here's hoping that we look as good as Elle MacPherson at age 54!