Elle Macpherson had to change her diet when she entered her fifties

Elle Macpherson

Elle Macpherson embarked on a diet overhaul when she entered her fifties.

The Australian fashion icon became one of the most famous models in the world as she rose to fame during the 1980s, and worked with some of the industry's most prestigious brands including Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein and Dior.

She also became known as 'The Body' as a result of her record five cover appearances for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, but Elle admitted that she has to work harder to maintain her famous figure now she's older.

"I realised that I couldn't really rely on genetics anymore," the 54-year-old explained to InStyle Australia. "From an early age, I learned to look after myself - I would make sure I was in shape, and people expected a lot. (But) then, as time moved on, I realised that I couldn't really rely on genetics anymore. The things I'd been doing since my twenties weren't working in my fifties."

Elle now lives by a wholefood diet rich in fruit and vegetables and insisted that the results had been "transforming." The entrepreneur also entered the wellness industry in a professional capacity when she co-founded WelleCo, a company which sells plant-based elixirs with celebrity fans including Kate Moss, and previously shared that she starts her day with a glass of filtered water mixed with her 'Super Elixir' powder.

Regular exercise is equally important to the mother-of-two, who previously told MailOnline that walking is one of her favourite ways to get the blood pumping.

"I would recommend working out for 45 minutes per day, even if it's just a walk outside to get some fresh air," she urged.

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