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Elle of a top telly show; 7 things you never knew about... ELLE MACPHERSON.

KATE Moss has managed to be hugely successful despite having the same look for 20 years, but she's the exception.

Most models are constantly changing their fashions and their hair colour and style.

So it was inevitable that the show Britain's Next Top Model should undergo a makeover - and a pretty extreme one at that.

The basic format, of a search for a photogenic girl with personality, remains the same. But almost everything else has changed.

There's a new presenter in Elle Macpherson, who heads an all-new judging panel.

Fashion designer Julien Mac-Donald brings his cutting putdowns, plus his insistence on models being skinny. Then there's stylist Grace Woodward, who's worked with the likes of David Bailey, Duffy and Florence and the Machine. The judging panel is concluded by a bit of male eye candy in the impossibly good-looking Charley Speed, a male model who began his career at 17 in a Calvin Klein add with Kate Moss.

At stake for the 25 hopefuls is a contract with Models 1 agency, a magazine cover and a make-up campaign.

Two Midlanders are among the girls, Brummie mum Kadian Noble and Warwickshire student Nicola Wright.

In the first show, the group is whittled down to just 14 girls.

Britain's Next Top Model, Living, Monday, 9pm 1 Born Eleanor Nancy Gow on March 29 1963 in Sydney, her mother was a nurse and her father was a former president of a Sydney rugby league team.

2 Her parents divorced when she was 10 and she moved away with her mother, who later remarried.

A clerical mistake in registering at her new school meant her name was changed from her father's, Gow, to her stepfather's, Macpherson.

3 Elle enrolled at a Sydney model agency at 17, then moved to New York with the aim of working for a year to earn enough money to pay her way through a law degree.

But she ended up staying and dropped out of college, having won a TV commercial for the drink Tab at just 19. By 1986 the 6ft beauty was on the cover of Time magazine and appeared a record five times on the cover of Sports Illustrated's famous swimsuit issue.

Time gave her the title of The Body in 1986, though that sparked a feud with Heidi Klum who also claimed the name for herself.

4 She was married for four years to French photographer Gilles Bensimon, 20 years her senior, in the 1980s. She has two sons, 12-year-old Arpad and Aurelius, seven, with French financier Arpad Busson, but called off their wedding in 2005. Other flames include singers Bryan Adams and Michael Hutchence.

5 Stunning Elle is, amazingly, 47 but works hard at it. Her exercise videos are bestsellers. She showed off all of The Body in 1994 appearing nude in Playboy - and on screen with Hugh Grant in the film Sirens. Other acting roles include Batman's (George Clooney) girlfriend Julie in Batman & Robin and Joey's roommate in Friends.

6 The Australian government made Elle its unofficial ambassador and a role with its tourist board.

7 Elle launched her own line of underwear, Intimates, and says: "I believe every woman should have seven sets of beautiful lingerie.

That's the absolute minimum. I have about 50."
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jul 4, 2010
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