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Elle Macpherson ‘never meant to be offensive’ when she claimed to have ‘Aborigine’ eyes

EXCLUSIVE: Elle Macpherson says she ‘never meant to be offensive’ when she bizarrely claimed to have ‘Aborigine’ eyes in a now-deleted beauty tutorial


Supermodel Elle Macpherson sparked controversy over the weekend after she claimed to have ‘Aborigine’ ancestry while filming a beauty tutorial.

The 57-year-old has since clarified she didn’t mean to upset anyone with the remark.

In a series of leaked Instagram DMs obtained by Daily Mail Australia, she told Indigenous influencer Tahlia Warren-Brand: ‘I never meant to be offensive.’

Regrets: Supermodel Elle Macpherson has said she ‘never meant to be offensive’ when she bizarrely claimed to have ‘Aborigine’ eyes in a now-deleted beauty tutorial

They struck up a conversation after Tahlia shared a screenshot of a news article about Elle’s video, in which bizarrely claimed to have ‘Aborigine’ eyes and implied she had some Indigenous ancestry because she is ‘seven generations Australian’.

‘Good morning/afternoon to everyone except @ellemacpherson,’ Tahlia wrote alongside the article.  

Much to her surprise, Elle responded: ‘You are such a beautiful girl!’

Tahlia replied that her Instagram post was supposed to be critical of Elle, writing: ‘I said everyone EXCEPT you…’

 

Private exchange: In a series of leaked Instagram DMs obtained by Daily Mail Australia, she told Indigenous influencer Tahlia Warren-Brand: 'I never meant to be offensive'

Private exchange: In a series of leaked Instagram DMs obtained by Daily Mail Australia, she told Indigenous influencer Tahlia Warren-Brand: ‘I never meant to be offensive’ 

‘I saw – and there’s no mistake in my text – Your images on IG are beautiful,’ Elle said, to which Tahlia replied sarcastically: ‘It’s the Aboriginal in me.’

Later in the exchange, Elle acknowledged her comment about ‘Aborigine’ eyes was offensive, but did not apologise.

‘I never meant to be offensive…’ she wrote, before Tahlia hit back: ‘Regardless it still was and is offensive.’

The model signed off: ‘I hear you and respect you.’ 

She said what? As reported by The Sydney Morning Herald, Elle had stated in a beauty tutorial for Vogue: 'My eyes are almost black, that's the Aborigine in me'

She said what? As reported by The Sydney Morning Herald, Elle had stated in a beauty tutorial for Vogue: ‘My eyes are almost black, that’s the Aborigine in me’ 

Edits: The video was edited to remove those remarks when Elle was asked to clarify whether she was claiming to be Indigenous, or regretted using the term 'Aborigine'

Edits: The video was edited to remove those remarks when Elle was asked to clarify whether she was claiming to be Indigenous, or regretted using the term ‘Aborigine’ 

Tahlia is an ambassador for Aboriginal owned clothing label, The Minority Co. 

As reported by The Sydney Morning Herald, Elle had stated in a beauty tutorial for Vogue: ‘My eyes are almost black, that’s the Aborigine in me.’

‘Being seven generations Australian they don’t reflect light the same way blue eyes do,’ she reportedly added. 

The video was edited to remove those remarks when Elle was asked to clarify whether she was claiming to be Indigenous, or regretted using the term ‘Aborigine’.

Family: Elle's (left) younger sister Mimi (centre) has since clarified, 'We are not Indigenous nor have we traced our ancestry.' Pictured with their mother Frances MacPherson (right) in 2002

Family: Elle’s (left) younger sister Mimi (centre) has since clarified, ‘We are not Indigenous nor have we traced our ancestry.’ Pictured with their mother Frances MacPherson (right) in 2002

Elle’s younger sister Mimi has since clarified: ‘We are not Indigenous nor have we traced our ancestry.’ 

Born in Australia, Elle is the daughter of entrepreneur and sound engineer Peter Gow and nurse Frances Gow.

Her parents divorced when she was 10 and she later adopted the surname of her stepfather Neil Macpherson.

Childhood: Elle's parents divorced when she was 10 and she later adopted the surname of her stepfather Neil Macpherson. Pictured: Elle and her mother Frances in 2006

Childhood: Elle’s parents divorced when she was 10 and she later adopted the surname of her stepfather Neil Macpherson. Pictured: Elle and her mother Frances in 2006 

Motherhood: Elle is a mother to two sons, Flynn, 23, and Cy, 18, whom she shares with her former partner, French businessman Arpad Busson

Motherhood: Elle is a mother to two sons, Flynn, 23, and Cy, 18, whom she shares with her former partner, French businessman Arpad Busson

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