Together for four years, this photogenic young couple have both style AND substance. Underestimate at your peril.
They’d only been together a year when this couple bought and renovated their first home. Three years on, they’re ready for the next challenge.
ELYSE 24 MODEL
She’s shared the catwalk with some of the biggest names in modelling, has over 600,000 Instagram followers
and looks great in a bikini. But whatever you do, don’t underestimate this ambitious young woman. Elyse is just as happy riding dirt bikes and wakeboarding as posing for the camera. “I’m a tomboy from way back,” she says.
Harsh criticism and hard work are water off a duck’s back after years in the modelling game. But don’t cross Elyse. “I can’t help it, I hold a grudge,” she admits. Driven and competitive, Elyse won’t let anything get in the way of winning.
“I get hangry – you should see me when I’m prepping for a bikini shoot!” she adds.
JOSH 28 CARPENTER
He’s the quiet one in the relationship, preferring to step back and observe. But this laidback surfing enthusiast fires up quickly. A perfectionist at heart, he’s quick to speak up if his exacting standards aren’t met. A hard- working and pragmatic planner, he’s always 10 steps ahead and he won’t stop until everything is done “just so”. A chippie by trade, he’s worked on dozens of renovations, completing his own in 2014. “I build it, she styles it,” he says of Elyse. Josh enjoys the simple things in life and loves nothing more than rolling out his swag on the sand – with his lady, of course.
“Surfing makes me happy. Oh yeah, that and Elyse.”
Josh and Elyse might work in very different worlds, but their shared ability to focus on a goal and make it a reality is something that binds this unstoppable and fiercely competitive young duo together. They come from inner Melbourne, are best mates, and have overcome plenty of hurdles to stay together.
Frequently apart as Elyse travels the world with her modelling, they’re secure enough in their relationship for Josh not to worry about his girlfriend’s hundreds of thousands of male fans. “I’m used to it now,” he says. “The attention that guys give her doesn’t really bother me. If I was worried about that I’d be in all sorts!”
But what about seeing her face on billboards and magazines? Surely that’s got to be a bit strange? “Actually, I find it all really funny. Because she comes across a certain way, and she’ll be doing all these super-serious campaigns, but she’s just a bogan at heart.” “My sister said to me,
‘Just one thing, Elyse. If you do get on the show, just don’t do your laugh!’ I sound REALLY bogan,” she admits.
When she’s not off travelling the world, shooting big-brand campaigns for the likes of Guess, Billabong, and a host of others, Elyse is in her element camping in the bush, riding her dirt bike and hanging out with Josh, who she says keeps her grounded.
“The modelling world can be so fake. But you really have just got to travel your own road and figure out how you are going to keep climbing the ladder, and Josh helps me do that,” she says.
Accessible, likeable and aspirational, these young guns have the world at their feet and they can’t wait to get stuck in.
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