Elle Macpherson spends 45 minutes on exercise "each morning".

Elle Macpherson

Elle Macpherson

The 52-year-old Australian model - who was nicknamed The Body by Time Magazine - has revealed she feels her "best" when she starts the day with a work out, because it makes her feel she has "accomplished" something.

Speaking to Net-A-Porter's The Edit magazine about her workout regime, she said: "I feel my best when I spend 45 minutes each morning doing some sport; I run, do yoga, go paddle boarding or hiking. Once I'm outdoors, breathing the fresh air, I feel like I've accomplished something."

However, the former 'Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model' host has revealed her "Amazonian body" wasn't "fashionable" when she emerged on the fashion scene in the 80s, and left her feeling insecure about her shape, although she felt more "confident" when she stripped down to her swimwear.

She explained: "I started modelling at a time in the '80s when it wasn't fashionable to have an Amazonian body. I was the tallest girl in the business, with broad shoulders and long legs. I didn't know much about fashion so I wasn't confident that I was suited to the industry. The only thing I was confident in was my ability to wear a bathing suit, because I grew up on the beach in Australia - it felt like my natural habitat."

Meanwhile Elle, who launched her lingerie brand Elle Macpherson Intimates in 1990 and has another underwear collection Elle Macpherson Body, has revealed she designs the saucy lingerie for her stepdaughters.

Elle - who is married to Jeffrey Soffer but has two biological children, Arpad, 18, and Aurelius Busson, 13, from her previous relationship with her former partner Arpad Busson - explained: "I think women are defined by their attitude rather than their age these days, so my lingerie designs are for myself but also for my 16 and 18-year-old stepdaughters. I wanted to make something that would flatter women's bodies, that when you put it on you think, 'My body looks great in this and I feel really confident and comfortable.' For me, that's a more considered, evolved kind of sexy."

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