The Block’s Elyse Knowles spills on the shocking life of a model

By Sangeeta Kocharekar September 14, 2017

Well, this is gross.

A quick scroll through The Block’s Elyse Knowles Instagram feed and you’d no doubt feel a pang (or several pangs, let’s be honest) of envy. The 25-year-old’s feed is littered with alternating beach pics, gym pics, and events pics. Simply put, Elyse is the hashtag #lifegoals epitomised.

Today, however, she admitted her life hasn’t always been as glamorous as it looks. In an interview with OK! Magazine, the model-turned-reality-star was probed about how she was finding the living conditions on the show. She explained that they were nothing compared to what she endured as a teenager while trying to make it as a model.

"When I was 15 I went to Hong Kong to work as a model. Where I lived, the sewage system was so bad we had the toilet water coming up through the shower drain when we were showering."

Um. Ew.


Elyse is currently starring on the renovation show with her 28-year-old boyfriend Josh Barker. He also spoke to the publication, describing his relationship with the model.

"Elyse is constantly flying all over the place for her career and it's hard when she leaves, especially when she goes away for months on end."

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Seems like they seem to be making things work just fine.