Sunday 4 December 2016

Elle Macpherson: 'I haven't been in touch with Holly Carpenter since she left Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model'

Sean O'Grady

Published 28/10/2016 | 12:29

launched her new lingerie brand Elle Macpherson Body at Brown Thomas Grafton Street. Picture: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
launched her new lingerie brand Elle Macpherson Body at Brown Thomas Grafton Street. Picture: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Holly Carpenter at the opening day of the Punchestown Festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Holly Carpenter. Photo: Justin Farrelly
Holly Carpenter representing Ireland at the Miss World competition in London in 2012.
Holly Carpenter Miss University in 2011
Shahira Barry competing in Miss University 2011
Elle MacPherson.
Holly Carpenter on Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model in 2013
Holly Carpenter, centre, on Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model in 2013
Elle Macpherson attends the Rodial Beautiful Awards at Sanderson Hotel on March 6, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Holly Carpenter's headshot for Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model in 2013
Elle Macpherson seen arriving at The Westbury Hotel
Elle Macpherson seen arriving at The Westbury Hotel
Elle Macpherson seen arriving at The Westbury Hotel
Holly Carpenter

She may have guided them through the turbulent tasks and challenges of Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model but Elle Macpherson has admitted she hasn't kept in touch with former Irish contestants Holly Carpenter and Susan Loughnane.

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The Australian supermodel (52) hosted the reality series from 2010 to 2013 and former Miss Ireland Holly appeared on the show in 2013, where she had a few onscreen run-ins with the host.

Elle lambasted Holly for wearing too much makeup and was reduced to tears at one point when Elle said she looked too much like a beauty queen.

But there's no bad blood between the two as Elle told us during a trip to Dublin that she's "happy" to see the 25-year-old model has moved on.

Holly Carpenter on Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model in 2013
Holly Carpenter on Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model in 2013

"Holly has done well, apparently," she told Independent.ie

"Good for her, I’m happy to see that."

Elle lived in London while she hosted the series but has since moved to Miami with her billionaire husband Jeffrey Soffer and while she might have been a mentor for dozens of girls on the reality show, she doesn't keep in touch with any of her former contestants.

"No, I haven’t (kept in touch with them). I’m not living in this part of the world so I don’t see them. When I was living in London I used to track what they do. It’s about having independence, it’s not about having huge success, I think independence is really important.,” she said.

Holly Carpenter representing Ireland at the Miss World competition in London in 2012.
Holly Carpenter representing Ireland at the Miss World competition in London in 2012.

And the Sports Illustrated cover girl dubbed "The Body" in her modelling heyday said she doesn't think a successful modelling career was the end goal for many of the contestants on the show.

"The concept of Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model is a journey and is a young girl’s journey to get to know herself better through the camera.

"They are really being pushed to the max in many ways. They certainly get a lot of potential from the show and if they’re smart they can parlay that into something else."

No stranger to Irish shores, Macpherson landed in Dublin on Thursday night to launch her latest lingerie range Elle Macpherson Body at Brown Thomas today.

Elle Macpherson seen arriving at The Westbury Hotel
Elle Macpherson seen arriving at The Westbury Hotel

She has been holed up in a suite at the five star Westbury Hotel and will jet back to her US base later today.

At the heart of the collection is “The Body”, a selection of modern, sport-inspired t-shirt bras and briefs in microfiber air tech with clean lines, new proportions and bold fashion colours.

It is available exclusively in The Lingerie Room of Brown Thomas and online at BrownThomas.com.

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