Australian model Elyse Taylor was discovered at the age of 18 and went on to walk for Victoria’s Secret, Dolce & Gabbana and Tommy Hilfiger and has been on the cover of Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. The 30-year old, born in Sydney and now based in the New York, is now the face of Nude by Nature. Here Taylor chats to me about motherhood and modelling and shares how she maintains her healthy glow.
What is a day in the life of you?
Depends where I am. If I’m at home it’s spent with my daughter, my dog, drop off and pick ups from school, gym, cooking and repeat. If I’m away for work, then gym and work and FaceTime my daughter and I’m usually at an airport.
What have you been working on at the moment?
I was lucky enough to have been invited back for Derby Day and Melbourne Cup with Lexus and I’ve actually been designing my own swimwear range with the Sydney-based brand, Bondi Born which is really exciting.
What is your favourite beauty fix?
Love a good hydrating facial especially the triad facial at Dr Colbert in New York.
What is the secret to glowing skin?
I really believe it’s your diet and staying hydrated. But as for putting products on my face, I always like to use natural products like the Nude by Nature highlighting sticks to give you that extra kick!
What is your favourite travel destination?
A beach. Any beach. I’m a water baby.
How do you stay fit?
I work out 5 times a week. I love it for my mind, my body and for work.
Do you like to cook? What is your specialty?
I do like to cook but recently I’ve become nervous about cooking for grown ups because I’ve been really only cooking for Lila (my daughter) for the past 3 years. I used to make an amazing seafood pasta. And I do whip up a pretty great breakfast.
How do you juggle motherhood and your modelling career?
Like every single mother, you just do it. You try and find balance where you can and if you can’t, you try not to beat yourself up about it and do your absolute best.
What is your favourite activity with Lila?
Cuddling! I’m not sure it’s hers but we also love to bake together.
What are you most proud of in your life so far?
My daughter, always.
What has been your career highlight?
Victoria’s Secret and my Vogue covers.
Living in New York, what do you miss about Sydney?
I miss the beaches and the outdoor lifestyle.
What’s up next for you?
For me, I’ll be shooting and launching the Bondi Born swimwear range and Nude by Nature is releasing their new amazing lip colors.
What’s the secret to a good photo?
I love photos where you are able to capture special moments! But if you’re trying to take a good photo of yourself, try taking 800 hopefully you will get one that you like.
What makes you smile the most?
What advice would you give to someone wanting to make it in the modelling industry?
To be strong and treat it as a business. It’s extremely competitive and a lot of hard work.
How is New York different to Australia for modelling work?
There is definitely more consistent work and a larger range in types of jobs in New York. But I really do love both places and enjoy my time in both. One is not necessarily better than the other, they are just different.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Life is tough but so are you.
What do you always carry in your handbag?
Paw paw everywhere and always.
Do you have rules for how you use social media?
I use it for work purposes only.
We ate: Baker Bleu bread, Gary’s Quality Meats, Holy Goat Cheese, Bruce Colllis scallops, Kinkawooka prawns, Australia’s Oyster Coast, Nossa Spanner Crabs and Strawberry mascarpone cake
We drank: Coldstream Hills Chardonnay, Yarra Valley
Photography: Regina Karon