Thursday, July 4, 2013

Interview with Gail Elliott......A supermodel who is pretty SUPER!

Getting to know Gail Elliott
My guilty pleasure....a glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne.
I love.... my husband and business partner Joe Coffey.
My form of exercise.... walking our dogs along Bondi Beach.
Most ridiculous purchase was/that I ever made.... buying a red Alfa Romeo Spider at 18 years of age when I couldn't yet drive!
My sanctuary is.... our home.
My definition of sexy..... confidence.
There are some models that seem to remain "super" way after their days of being a supermodel are over. One of those women I have had the pleasure of interviewing and getting to know a little bit better from an up close and personal view. I have found time and time again, after meeting some incredible women, celebrities, designers and supermodels that they are super nice and underneath the glitz and glamour of it all are gentle, humble and very beautiful both inside and out.
Since it's inception the label Little Joe by Gail Elliott, has received global acclaim since its launch in 2002 and features in Australian stores in Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast.
But it's birth is just a chapter in a long international career. The British-born stunner has modelled for top designers such as Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein, John Galliano, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Gucci and Prada and appeared on the covers of all the leading fashion magazines.
Now in her early 40s, Gail is rated among the world's top models for more than 20 years, first rising to fame in a golden era of catwalkers in the 1980s alongside Cindy Crawford and Yasmin Le Bon who she can proudly call her besties.
I can proudly say that Gail is an inspiration to many and is one my favourite Private Access Woman mentors helping other women reach their goals and achieve a life that they can be proud of.  As I caught up with Gail I discovered a treasure chest of wisdom she is so eager to share with the world.


Q: How would you like to help and empower women today?
A: Co-founding Little Joe Woman and turning my passion for clothing and design into a successful business is empowering in itself. No dream is ever too big or too small!

Q: If anyone can achieve success no matter what their background or circumstances, what do you think holds women back and how can they overcome this?
A: Not having the confidence holds a lot of women back from achieving success. Belief in yourself is the only way to overcome this.

Q: What are some of your personal wisdom, tips and strategies for creating and living a great life?
A: Honesty, being a compassionate person, being humble, putting others before yourself, generosity and being thoughtful are all part of creating and living a great life.


Q: What has been the greatest moment achievement in your life so far and why?
A: Little Joe Woman came about from my desire to wear vintage slip dresses and camisoles that were made from more luxurious fabrics. We started with 6 slips and 6 camisoles in 6 colours and have now grown into a fully fashioned clothing company designing everything from butter soft leather jackets to exceptional quality cashmere pieces, and have six stores around Australia and a number of wholesale account both nationally and internationally. After a 24 year career as a model, building this company with my husband and business partner have all been great achievements in my life so far.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 20 years’ time? What is your ultimate dream?
A: In 10 years time I see Little Joe Woman being bought by the Australian equivalent of LVMH...... and Joe, myself and the puppies living in the Caribbean on a yacht....


Q: How did you decide on which goals are worth pursuing?
A: It’s less of a decision and more about the impulses that drive you to achieve what you want most.

Q: When you set out to achieve your goals, how did you know you were on the right path?
A: When you really want to achieve something things start to fall in to place. I wanted to start designing and since then the Little Joe Woman brand has grown and evolved, and will continue to do so.

Q: What techniques do you have that you could share with women to help them achieve their goals? A: Be passionate and focus on what you want to achieve!

Q: What have you had to give up getting to where you are?
A: We’ve had to be very patient.  
This is one grounded woman and it's such a privilege to meet someone who believes that her success has been achieved by her hard work, focus and determination and not just luck of being at the right place at the right time.  As the saying goes "I've spent all of my life becoming an overnight success" 
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