Call­ing Aus­tralia home

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Best Weekend - - NEWS - — ALI­SON STEPHEN­SON

A ussie su­per­model El­yse Tay­lor never thought she’d still be mod­el­ling at 31.

Af­ter all, she thought by 25 mod­els were con­sid­ered “over the hill”. The Syd­ney-born beauty packed her bags to move to New York at just 17-years-old. Four­teen years later, she’s still liv­ing — and work­ing — there with her mod­el­ling more in de­mand than ever. “I didn’t think it would last this long,” she told BW Mag­a­zine. “Back then when I started mod­el­ling it was like ‘at 25 you’re over the hill’, but I’m still mod­el­ling, with a daugh­ter (four-year-old Lila).

“Back then no one was (over 25) and now I feel like ev­ery­one is in their thir­ties and ev­ery­one has one or two kids and it’s be­come the norm,” she says.

“I think women want to see women that they re­late to, with chil­dren.”

While her base is still in the US (her daugh­ter’s fa­ther and ex-part­ner Seth Camp­bell lives there) Tay­lor’s con­nec­tion to Aus­tralia is still strong.

The Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret model signed a five-year deal with Aus­tralia’s num­ber one min­eral make-up brand, Nude By Na­ture, which saw her jet back into Syd­ney last week to launch their new 100 per cent nat­u­ral Lips Col­lec­tion.

“I’m con­stantly bad­ger­ing my agency in Aus­tralia to bring me home and spent time here and pro­mote Aus­tralian brands,” she said. “This is my home, this is where my fam­ily is, my par­ents are here, my true good friends.

“I have great re­la­tion­ships with pho­tog­ra­phers and brands, I know so many peo­ple here. I feel very for­tu­nate to be able to come home and still be able to work in Aus­tralia, it means quite a lot to me.”

Tay­lor says she’s tried to make sure her daugh­ter Lila is in touch with her Aus­tralian her­itage, even though “all the things she cares about right now are rain­bows, uni­corns and sparkles”.

“She knows that Mummy gets on an aero­plane and goes to work; she knows grandma is from Aus­tralia and it’s re­ally far, far away,” Tay­lor says.

“She wears a cossie, and when it’s too hot we take off the doona, so I want to make her as Aus­tralian as pos­si­ble even though she has an Amer­i­can ac­cent.”

Aus­tralian model El­yse Tay­lor in Syd­ney, Pic­ture: Justin Lloyd

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