Elle living the Beautiful Life

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On paper, the CW's The Beautiful Life seems like a totally generic "pretty people in a drama" type of television show. From Ashton Kutcher's production company, The Beautiful Life is the ultimate gratuitous fleshfest--the premise sees a group of models living together in a New York City apartment.

But the project is getting more interesting now that the cast is being fleshed out. Mischa Barton will play one of the leads, her first major television role since her star-making stint on The O.C.. And now the show has some serious model cred: former Aussie supermodel Elle Macpherson has signed on for a role, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Macpherson's character, Claudia, is a former supermodel who runs one of the Big Apple's top modeling agencies. However, unlike the good-natured Macpherson, Claudia is described as a tough-as-nails type who runs her business like a shark.

Macpherson's previous acting credits include the films Sirens and Batman & Robin.

Four other cast members of The Beautiful Life were also recently announced: Sara Paxton, Ben Hollingsworth, Ashley Madekwe, and Nico Tortorella. They'll all play models.

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