Elyse Taylor is radiant under the sun for O'Neill swimwear. (Photo: O'Neill )

Elyse Taylor is radiant under the sun for O’Neill swimwear. (Photo: O’Neill )

Australian model Elyse Taylor  has been turning heads ever since she walked in the 2009 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She was named the face of surf brand O’Neill this year, and she dazzles in her first stunning photo shoot.

Elyse, 25, grew up in Vaucluse, Sydney and was scouted at at 14 by Chic Models. She soon moved to New York where she is now based.

Elyse Taylor

She’s followed in the footsteps of fellow Aussie model Miranda Kerr. Both have worked for David Jones. Her biggest accomplishment, so far, she says, is gracing the cover of Vogue Australia in 2009.

She caused a stir in her native country when she was picked to walk as one of five Pink Angels in Victoria’s Secret’s massive fashion show. “I was so excited, I think all my neighbors think I’m crazy because I made so much noise,” she told the local news at the time.

Elyse has also walked for Marc Jacobs, Alberta Ferretti, Dolce & Gabbana and Roberto Cavalli among other brands.

Taylor was handpicked by Tigerlily creative director Jodhi Meares for the brand’s Summer 2011-12 campaign. She was photographed in their retro-style swimwear by photographer Jez Smith.

“A good shoot feels like hanging with friends; a bad shoot makes you feel like you want to bash your head against a wall,” she said in an interview with a local Aussie Web site.

O’Neill, a California surf, snow and youth lifestyle brand, signed the model back in May to an extension on her contract through this year.

One of the perks of the job is being a judge at O’Neill’s “One Way Runway” bikini contest in the posh resort of Ibiza, Spain. She’s also had a hand in co-designing an exclusive swimwear collection, O’Neill by Elyse Taylor.

Although she lives in New York, Australia is always in the back of her mind.

“Apart from my family and friends, I miss the Australian lifestyle. New York is such a workaholic city, it’s hard to find the time to relax,” she says, in typical Aussie fashion.

Well, she always has the beach. ” I have always been blonde and will never stop loving the beach,” she says.

Can’t ask for more than that. Check out her photos.

Elyse Taylor Sun Struck in Swimwear (Click Photos to Enlarge!)
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