Photographer Adam Flipp; Model Elyse Taylor; Stylist Samara Wilson; Hair and makeup Annabel Barton
Supermodel mum Elyse Taylor
Australian-born Elyse Taylor is one of our most successful international model exports, having walked runways for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Dolce & Gabbana and Moschino, been a global face of Estee Lauder, and fronted a host of fashion campaigns and elite magazine covers.
We spoke to the mother-of-one about her health and fitness regime after this spectacular photo shoot for Sporteluxe by Sydney-based photographer Adam Flipp, stylist Samara Wilson and beauty by Annabel Barton, along with insights into Elyse’s own fascinating life and best advice for doing an amazing swimsuit selfie!
Q: Where do you consider home now?
“I’ve lived in New York for the past 10 years, so it’s where I consider home now. I live there with my husband, beautiful daughter [Lila Louise] and our dog.”
Q: Do you stick to a particularly diet/nutrition philosophy?
“I really believe in the Blood Type Diet. I’ve tried everything and it’s the only thing that works for me.”
Q: How has your exercise regime changed (if at all) since becoming a mum?
“I used to be able to just do anything at the gym to stay in shape, but after having Lila my body changed so I had to modify my work out to suit my new shape. Now it’s more about workouts that elongate and tone. I also love swimming as it’s low impact but has amazing results.”
Q: Is there a fitness mantra or philosophy you particularly love?
“As they sang in Finding Nemo: just keep swimming, just keep swimming…”
Q: What do you do (body-wise) to prepare for a big swimsuit shoot or runway show and has your approach changed over the course of your career?
“I amp up everything and am strict with my diet. I have to work harder now since having Lila to maintain my physique.”
Q: Who or what do you turn to for health or fitness advice or motivation when you need it?
“One of my close friends [holistic nutritionist] Vanessa Packer who founded modelFIT [a bespoke fitness studio in New York that offers individualised nutritional and exercise coaching]. She’s a health and fitness guru.”
Q: Where would be your ideal place to go hiking and who would your dream companion be?
“Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with my Mum. I think it would be really special to do together and create life long memories.”
Q: What do you do to relax and recharge?
“Lie on a beach and not move!”
Q: What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done and how did it change you?
“Had a baby. I now have incredible patience and it’s changed my perspective on what’s important in life.”
What’s your best tip for taking a flattering photo in swimwear or workout wear?
10 quick questions:
Yoga or Pilates? Pilates
Meditation or a run? Run
Coffee or juice? Coffee
Beach holiday: sunbed or SUP? Beach!
Trainers or heels? Trainers
Bikini or one-piece? Bikini
Drama or comedy? Comedy
Personal trainer or gym class? Trainer
Ear buds or headphones? Headphones
Party or DVD? DVD