Mimi Macpherson (pronounced /ˈmimi məkˈfɝːsən/; born Miriam Frances Gow, May 19, 1967) is an Australian celebrity. Mimi Macpherson is a younger sister of model Elle Macpherson.[1]

Working life

Macpherson began working a crew member for her father’s whale-watching boat in her early twenties. She developed her own business known as Mimi Macpherson Whale Watch Expeditions, and by 1997 she had purchased a boat of her own.[2],[3],[4]

Macpherson has raised more than $100,000 for Pacific Whale Foundation Research. She has won six tourism awards and the National Businesswoman of the Year by the Women’s Network of Australia. She was also voted one of Australia’s top thirty businesswomen by Cosmopolitan.[5]

In 1999 Macpherson appeared on the cover of the first Australian edition of FHM magazine.[6]

Macpherson is a spokesperson for Coastcare and has been the spokesperson Planet Ark, Clean Up Australia, and Sydney Water.[4],[5],[7],[8]

In 2008, Mimi Macpherson became the “face” of the cosmetics firm Evolve Make Up.[4],[9] In December 2008, Macpherson declared bankruptcy.[10]


In 2000, working as a spokeswoman for Humane Society International, Macpherson was active in advocating an end to whaling. She lobbied members of an International Whaling Commission conference in Adelaide.[11],[12]


Macpherson was a presenter on the Discovery Channel, and in 2007 she appeared on of the reality singing competition It Takes Two, paired with David Hobson; they were eliminated in the semi-final and came third.[13],[14]

In February 2009 Mimi Macpherson joined the Sunshine Coast radio station’s Zinc96 program Morning Zoo.[15]

Personal life

In the late 1990s, a homemade sex tape purported to be to of MacPherson and her then boyfriend was leaked onto the Internet, though she denied that she was the woman in the video.[16],[10],[17],[18],[19]

On March 19, 2007, she was convicted of a driving under the influence of alcohol charge in a Queensland court, her third conviction following similar incidents in 1995 and 2001.[20]


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  2. Green, Glenis (27 December 2008). “Princess of Whales to pauper: Mimi Macpherson.” The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 June 2010.
  3. Fact Sheet — Mimi Macpherson.” Our House. Ninemsn. Retrieved 17 June 2010.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Mimi Macpherson.” Evolve Make Up. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  5. 5.0 5.1 About.” Mimi Macpherson — Official Website. Retrieved 17 June 2010.
  6. Turner, Graham; Bonner, Francis; Marshall, P. David (2000). “Fame Games.” Fame games: the production of celebrity in Australia. Cambridge University Press. p. 4. ISBN 0521794862.
  7. Mimi Macpherson shares her passion for the Coast.” Coastcare. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
  8. [that have assisted the work of HSI “CoastcarePhoto Gallery — Coastcare Ambassadors”]. Coastcare. that have assisted the work of HSI. Retrieved 17 June 2010.
  9. Rachel Toune (10 October 2008): “Mimi’s glamour shoot,” Townsville Bulletin (accessed 24 March 2009).
  10. 10.0 10.1 “Mimi Macpherson declared bankrupt.” The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 December 2008.
  11. “Battle lines drawn over whaling ban decision.” The 7.30 Report. ABC TV. 22 June 2000. Transcript.
  12. Celebrities that have assisted the work of HSI.” Annual Report 2000–2001. Humane Society International. Retrieved 17 June 2010.
  13. Mimi Macpherson.” Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 17 June 2010.
  14. Fogarty, Daniel (19 December 2008). “Elle’s sister bankrupt, down to $8 in bank.” The Age. Retrieved 17 June 2010.
  15. Amy Remeikis (18 February 2009): “Mimi’s coming to Zinc,” Sunshine Coast Daily (accessed 24 March 2009).
  16. Celebrity sex tapes.” The Daily Telegraph.,22049,21514118-5006013,00.html. Retrieved 24 December 2008.
  17. O Sister, what art thou?” by Deirdre Reynolds in Irish Independent (28 March 2008).
  18. Zizek, Slavoj (Winter 2002). “The Only Good Neighbor Is a Dead Neighbor.” Identities: journal for politics, gender and culture (Skopje: “Euro-Balkan” Institute) 1 (2). ISSN 1409-9268.
  19. Barcan, Ruth (2002). “In the Raw: ‘Home-Made’ Porn and Reality Genres.” Journal of Mundane Behavior (California State University, Fullerton) 3 (1). ISSN 15293041.
  20. Mimi’s 9-month road ban.” The Sunday Times.,21598,21413498-5005368,00.html. Retrieved 24 December 2008.

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