Elle Macpherson under fire for ‘Aborigine’ ancestry comments

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Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson has come under fire after making comments about her ancestry online.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Elle appeared in a video for Vogue’s “Beauty Secrets” series, where she made the bizarre statement.

Elle Macpherson in a Vogue beauty video
Elle Macpherson has come under fire for comments she made in a Vogue beauty video. Photo: Vogue

“My eyes are almost black, that’s the Aborigine in me,” she reportedly said.

“Being seven generations Australian, they don’t reflect light the same way blue eyes do.”


The Sydney Morning Herald said they reached out to her representatives and the publicists for her brand WelleCo to clarify what Elle meant by her comments and to see if she regretted using the term “Aborigine”.

The quotes were edited out of the video after the questions were submitted, according to the SMH.

However, the journalist did manage to get hold of Elle’s sister, Mimi, who said: “We are not Indigenous nor have we traced our ancestry.”

Elle Macpherson Vogue beauty video
"My eyes are almost black, that’s the Aborigine in me", she reportedly said. Photo: Vogue

It’s not the first time Elle has raised eyebrows amongst people online. Last year, she shocked her fans by promoting an anti-vaccination campaign led by her boyfriend, Andrew Wakefield.

Elle reportedly took to the stage in front of an audience in North Carolina in the US to promote an anti-vax propaganda video, saying the coronavirus pandemic is a "divine time" to discuss the dangerous idea.

In footage obtained by The Daily Mail, Elle said to Andrew at the event: “You made this film during COVID, and it’s interesting because it’s such beautiful, sacred timing when you watch the film, because it’s so pertinent and so relevant. … And for it to come in this divine time where vaccination and mandatory vaccination is on everybody’s lips.”

Fans reacted on social media, telling Elle not to be "so irresponsible" and for promoting Andrew's message.

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