Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson—aka “The Body”—has been traveling the world since she started modeling in 1982. Since then, she’s launched a line of lingerie and skincare products, acted in a variety of movies, and hosted TV shows such as Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model. After many years of living in the U.K., the model-turned-mogul made the move to Miami and also frequently finds herself jetting off to New York City for work—so, we decided to catch up her on a recent weekend jaunt to find out her best travel tips, her in-flight essentials, and her top Big Apple picks.
As a seasoned traveler, what’s the first thing you do when you board a flight?
“The first thing I do when I board a flight is double dose my Alkalising Greens (pre and post-flight) and drink three liters of water—two tricks Dr. Simone Laubscher taught me for long haul flights. So if I’m coming from London, as soon as I get on the plane, I shake my greens up with ice-cold water, or coconut water. This helps me avoid jet lag because my body has the nutrients it needs, and it also ensures I have that extra boost of hydration.”
What are some of your travel essentials?
“I love my Elsa Shaperelli flight bag. It’s perfect as a cabin bag—chic and fun! I have these great little eye masks I bought in Japan, which are basically pieces of fabric soaked in nutrients and moisturizer. I love Dr. Sebagh’s Rose de Vie—and his new product, Supreme Night Secret Cream helps to brighten the skin while you sleep. Travel packets of The Super Elixir Alkalising Greens for jet lag are a must, and our plant based Nourishing Protein powder serves for clean meals on the go; hotel food and crazy hours can really throw me off track. I use SleepWelle Calming Mist for my pillow, which has such a beautiful, fresh scent. It uses organic essential oils, like lavender, to help me get to sleep—that will be arriving this month on welleco.com. And I always take my iPad full of books and movies.”
Being on so many film, television, and photo shoot sets, you must be a pro at keeping yourself busy. What do you do to occupy yourself in-flight?
“I always bring a notepad to record ideas. I find it's better to get them down on paper, rather than having them swirl through my head on a long flight. And I’m currently reading Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume, by Jason Wacaab. On my last flight, I watched When We Were Kings, Brooklyn, and The Danish Girl.”
You’ve been to some of the best hotels in the world; which is your favorite in New York City?
“Lately, I've been staying at The Marmara, which has been my home away from home on longer stays in NYC. It has a kitchen in the apartment, and the staff are so helpful. I love the lobby and location; it's on Park Avenue, in the 30s, which is great for business. It’s been wonderful spending so much time there. I also love The Mark for its location next to Central Park and fabulous service, and the Park Hyatt for the pool and cool rooms.”
What’s the first thing you do when you check-in to your hotel?
“I get changed, and try to go for a walk outside to explore, take pictures, and observe. It’s so important for the soul, and also helps ground me wherever I am.”
When you’re in NYC, what are some of your favorite places to visit?
“I love visiting MoMa PS1 for the latest exhibitions. And Bloomingdales is a must—my new lingerie line, Elle Macpherson Body, will be available there in August! I’ll also check in with Frank Rizerri at his salon, Rizzieri Salon Spa. He does my hair when I’m in NYC, and he's the best—he knows what works for me. For dinner, I love The Polo Lounge, and Sant Ambroeus for breakfast and lunch uptown.”
How do you stay fit on the go?
“I like to go for a run around Central Park. It’s so beautiful any time of year. I have a much simpler and gentler routine now. I prefer not to go to the gym; instead, I make sure I find at least 45 minutes in my day, usually for a sport outdoors, which is easy in Miami. But when I’m traveling, it’s usually a run or a swim. I've found I'm more likely to stay with it if it’s something I love that fits into my life.”