Supermodel mum Elyse Taylor: my fitness, fave diet & how to do a swimsuit selfie

Elyse Taylor
Shot by Adam Flipp
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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?

“Filter everything!”


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

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Rachel Sharp
As the only media identity in Australia to have edited both luxury fashion and fitness magazines, award-winning journalist Rachel Sharp has worked in Sydney, London and Dubai, holding the position of editor on titles including Harper’s BAZAAR and GRAZIA. In 2012, she successfully launched the Australian edition of Women’s Fitness magazine, which scooped Launch of the Year at the 2013 Publishers Australia Excellence Awards. Equal parts fashion-obsessed and fitness enthusiast, Rachel – who grew up in the idyllic beach town of Port Macquarie and is mum to two young children – holds a Bachelors degree in Medical Science and Masters in Writing for Media. Despite the fact she absolutely loves what she does for a living, Rachel would still rather be surfing or snowboarding than at her computer. Carpe diem!