Elle Macpherson poses topless on the cover of French Elle magazine

Radiant Elle Macpherson poses topless on the cover of French Elle magazine in a photo taken by her ex-husband Gilles Bensimon

Age-defying model Elle Macpherson graces the cover of Elle France in a striking photo shoot captured by her ex-husband.

The mother of two, 58, poses topless with a straw hat to cover her modesty for the fashion magazine’s latest issue.

Looking windswept, she completes her look with a colourful striped skirt.

Age-defying model Elle Macpherson graces the cover of Elle France in a striking photo shoot captured by her ex-husband Gilles Bensimon

Age-defying model Elle Macpherson graces the cover of Elle France in a striking photo shoot captured by her ex-husband Gilles Bensimon

Elle posted the cover on her Instagram, and paid tribute to the visionary fashion photographer behind the shoot: Gilles Bensimon.

She was married to Gilles, 78, in the late ’80s when she was a rising supermodel.

‘After 40 years working together, my mentor and friend the brilliant @gilles_bensimon @ellefr and I have collaborated again to celebrate the joy and freedom of finding beauty and wellness within,’ Elle wrote. 

The WelleCo founder added a quote from Auguste Rodin that read: ‘To any artist, worthy of the name, all in nature is beautiful, because his eyes, fearlessly accepting all exterior truth, read there, as in an open book, all the inner truth.’ 

Elle and Gilles married in 1986 before separating three years later

Elle and Gilles married in 1986 before separating three years later

Gilles praised his ex-wife and collaborator in the comments section, writing: ‘Nothing will happen without you organizing and almost doing 99/100 of the production, and you being Elle still on top! Thank you.’

Elle married Gilles, the former International Creative Director of Elle magazine, in 1986 and they divorced in 1989. 

The exes remain on friendly terms to this day, regularly collaborating on projects and even sharing old photos of themselves together. 

The exes remain on friendly terms to this day, regularly collaborating on projects

The exes remain on friendly terms to this day, regularly collaborating on projects

In 2020, Elle posted a throwback photo of the former couple in honour of Gilles’ 76th birthday with the caption: ‘1983.’

She added: ‘Happy birthday to the man behind my most favorite images.

‘My first love, married in 1986, we travelled the world together shooting for ELLE magazine – his images still relevant / timeless and we are still friends 40 years after we met… happy birthday, mon Gilles.’ 

Elle previously called ex-husband Gilles her 'first love'. (Pictured in September 2016)

Elle previously called ex-husband Gilles her ‘first love’. (Pictured in September 2016)

Elle has had a number of high-profile relationships, including with French financier, Arpad Busson, with whom she shares two sons: Flynn, 24, and Cy, 19.

She was married to billionaire Jeffrey Soffer from 2013 to 2017.

Elle was previously linked to disgraced former doctor Andrew Wakefield, but a rep confirmed their split in December 2021. 

She was married to billionaire Jeffrey Soffer from 2013 to 2017. (Pictured in December 2010)

She was married to billionaire Jeffrey Soffer from 2013 to 2017. (Pictured in December 2010)

Elle has had a number of high-profile relationships, including with French financier, Arpad Busson, with whom she shares two sons: Flynn, 24, and Cy, 19. (Pictured in May 2005)

Elle has had a number of high-profile relationships, including with French financier, Arpad Busson, with whom she shares two sons: Flynn, 24, and Cy, 19. (Pictured in May 2005)

‘As a spokesperson for Elle I can unequivocally confirm that the relationship between Elle and Dr Wakefield terminated almost two years ago,’ the rep said.

As of March this year, she is rumoured to be dating U.S.-based French banker Olivier Sarkozy, who is the ex-husband of Mary-Kate Olsen.

The two were reportedly seen getting cosy at an Elton John concert in New York on February 22. 

Elle's last official relationship was with disgraced British medic and anti-vaxxer Andrew Wakefield (left), whom she reportedly started dating in 2017

Elle’s last official relationship was with disgraced British medic and anti-vaxxer Andrew Wakefield (left), whom she reportedly started dating in 2017

An onlooker telling The Mirror: ‘They seemed really happy together; it looked like they could be a new item.’

Celebrity gossip Instagram account Deuxmoi also published quotes from an anonymous source who claimed Olivier was ‘looking very cosy’ with his ‘date’ Elle. 

‘They looked like they were having a great time!’ they added.

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