Miranda Kerr. She’s one of the sexiest Victoria’s Secret Angels you’ve ever seen. She’s an Australian supermodel with beautiful face, fabulous body and charm of a catwalk queen. She knows how to rock a runway! And she knows how to win your heart. Watch her rise to fashion world stardom. Miranda Kerr is your Aussie angel.
An angel with adorable dimples, beautiful body and Audrey Hepburn look, Miranda Kerr is smiling at us from magazine covers, print ad campaigns and TV commercials. Portmans, David Jones, Levi’s, Roberto Cavalli and other big names are among those she’s modeled for. Miranda Kerr is the first Australian to join Victoria’s Secrets campaigns and grace their famous catwalks. She adds glam and touch of youthful beauty to events she visits and charms people with her easy-going essence and friendly attitude. Miranda Kerr is an Aussie supermodel everyone wants to know about. So, here’s her story.
Miranda May Kerr was born on April 20, 1983 in Australia’s Sydney and raised in a small town of Gunnedah, away from limelight and public buzz. “There wasn’t any pretentiousness and no one really cared what you were wearing. You could just be you,” Miranda described her life in the countryside. As a child Kerr was a kind of a tomboy racing motorbikes and riding horses, though studying in an all-girl Catholic high school after her family, mother Therese, farther John and younger brother Matthew, moved to Brisbane, Queensland to try to live a city life. After school Miranda planned to study nutrition before pursuing modeling.
Miranda Kerr was only 13 when she entered the fashion industry by winning the Dolly/Impulse Covergirl Australian nation-wide model competition hosted by Dolly Magazine and Impulse fragrances in 1997. She was chosen to do a photo shoot for the magazine. The shoot generated certain public buzz when some conservative media outlets claimed her Dolly photos constituted a form of child pornography. “In the media at the time they were trying to cling on to anything remotely to do with paedophilia. Dolly is a magazine for teenage girls, not for old men. And I was fully clothed! Doing a winter shoot! They just made something out of nothing,” Kerr said later.
Though the Dolly shoot kicked off her career it wasn’t till 2003 that she pursued it in full, after finishing school in Brisbane first.
Anyway, when still a high school student, Miranda signed to Chic Management Sydney Division. She received considerable commercial exposure after a series of ads for Australian surf chain Billabong. Kerr became the face of Australian fashion chain store Portmans and was often seen in Australia and New Zealand’s top fashion magazines, fashion catalogues and catwalk shows. In 2003 Kerr signed with Melbourne’s Chadwick agency.
Miranda Kerr moved to New York in 2004. Kerr had a number of runway appearances before signing with Next model agency the same year. Soon after that she could be seen in ad campaigns and runway shows for such labels as Baby Phat, Lisa Ho, Voodoo Dolls, Levi’s, Bettina Liano, Nicola Finetti, L.A.M.B., Heatherette, Betsey Johnson, Trelise Cooper, Jets, John Richmond, Blumarine Swimwear, Neiman Marcus, Seafolly Swimwear, Anna Molinari, Rock and Republic and Roberto Cavalli. Miranda was also featured in such magazines as Elle, Australian Vogue, Madison and Harpers Bazaar, as well as TV adverts for Portmans, Bonds and Veet. “At this stage, I’m really enjoying where I’m at doing the modelling but if an opportunity came up, I would definitely look into it,” she said.
In 2006 Miranda signed a contract to join Maybelline New York and was later featured in a number of print campaigns in such internationally sold magazines as Cosmopolitan, Cleo and Elle, and was eventually featured in Victoria’s Secret catalogues.
The same year Kerr took part in Victoria’s Secret’s catwalk shows and became the first Australian model to represent the brand. Soon she was made Victoria’s Secret Angel and was first featured in Angels, Wireless commercial, wearing animated wings and reciting a short poem. “I am focused on what I am doing [modeling] and still feel like I have a lot to learn. I always enjoy trying new things and exploring new opportunities, ” she said in an interview.
Next year she became a key model in the 2007 Victoria’s Secret Show. Her popularity as a lingerie model provided her with a lot of other modeling opportunities. In 2007 she became the face of Arden B, Californian fashion retailer, and was featured in their spring, summer and fall campaigns. She also signed a deal to be the face of Clinique Happy and Australian department store David Jones. Kerr is now dubbed “the next MacPherson” and is described as “the perfect endorsement” for being able to “truly sell a product.”
According to Forbes, Miranda Kerr has earned $3.5 million in 2007 becoming number 10 on the 16 world’s top-earning models list.
In 2008 Kerr has been very hard at work traveling and modeling all over the world. “I would have to say the best and worst part of my job is the constant travel, and while I do get to see so much of this beautiful world, it really can get very tiring,” she explains. “In the last 22 days I’ve been to eight different countries. Honestly, I’m always on an airplane,” she said. “I spend a lot of time on beautiful little islands, but generally it’s one day here and then flying, then one day there, then fly. But I feel very grateful to have so much work.”
Her latest success is Victoria’s Secret fashion show at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach on November 15, 2008. Miranda definitely stole the show . And it was the first time she put her Angel wings on a catwalk.
In February 2009 it was reported that Miranda Kerr is in talks to become a fashion ambassador for Australia. Australian Tourist Commission is said to be planning to give her such an offer. “I think it’s a flattering thing and if anyone wants to talk to me about it I’d be open to suggestions,” Kerr told the Courier Mail.
Though being one of the leading models of the day, Miranda Kerr is open to new opportunities and someday hopes to try her hand in acting. So far she’s appeared in an episode of How I Met Your Mother alongside other Victoria’s Secret Angels, and starred in Kanye West and Pharrell’ ‘Number One’ video, as well as her ex-boyfriend’s music video, Tamarama’s ‘Everything To Me’. “I was blessed with good genetics, but my essence is very happy and warm and I don’t take my job too seriously. I’m not saving lives here,” Miranda noted once.
In early 2009 Miranda was added to the Who’s Who directory for the first time. The annual Who’s Who recognizes people who have reached excellence in their respective field. In May Forbes revealed Miranda Kerr was in top 10 best earning models of the year, coming 9th with $3 million.
Miranda Kerr is everywhere today – she’s a catwalk angel, a traveling baby, and a magazine cover girl. Has her new life changed her? “I still feel like the same person, in every way – it is just some of my surroundings have changed and there are lots of new people in my life,” she says, adding that “I’m doing my job just like everyone else is doing their job.”
In October 2009 Kerr took part in her first ever charity effort launched by her mom Therese. She visited the inaugural Anatta Community Rally, BBQ & Concert, a fundraiser for Kids Helpline taking place at Oxley Creek Common in Rocklea, Australia, on October 18. “It’s the first time Miranda has done something for the charity and it’s a cause she’s extremely passionate about,” an event spokeswoman said.
The same month she launched her first cosmetics range, 100% organic skincare line Kore in David Jones department store in Australia.
In June issue of Elle Magazine Miranda gushed about her new book Treasure Yourself, set to be published later in 2010. “[The book] is about encouraging young women to embrace their individuality,” Miranda told Elle. “You may think it’s easy for me to say, but we all have insecurities. It’s important, as women, to get past all of that and let our talents shine.”
Miranda is a well-known model, a Victoria’s Secret Angel, a dream girl with a dream body, she’s a human with wonderful personality, a 26-year-old girl who likes to do everything people her age do – she falls in love, she dreams and she makes plans for the future.
“The US has fallen in love with her. We love her because she has the most incredible girl-next-door look and she’s also insanely beautiful. It means women are not intimidated by her looks and guys think they might be able to talk to her. It’s a fantastic combination … people want to be around her; she’s fun on a shoot … and she’s not stupid, which can be a very annoying trait among some models,” Celebrity photographer Russell James said of Kerr.
Miranda Kerr is famous for breaking an infamous supermodel stereotype by being quite friendly. Maybe that comes from her belief. Kerr practices Japanese Buddhism and believes “we have a responsibility to bring peace and harmony to our lives and the world.” “You simply cannot be healthy or look great on the outside if you are not healthy on the inside.”
Miranda’s love life is always in the center of public attention. In 2003 she was dating the Australian finance broker Adrian Camilleri. Their romance lasted for 18 months but then following an Australian Securities and Investments Commission investigation, Camilleri was found guilty on five counts of fraudulent behavior, and the couple split. 2007 reports claimed Kerr suffered financially “after taking her boyfriend’s financial advice” but chose not to take legal action.
From 2005 to 2007 Miranda was dating Tamarama’s Brent Tuhtam. Little is known about their relationship.
In October 2007 Miranda Kerr started dating English hottie Orlando Bloom. It’s probable that Buddhism was one of the things that brought them together.
“They’ve been friends for a long time,” a source told Us Weekly in October 2007. “But they only decided to give it a go a few weeks back.” They were first spotted together on a romantic getaway to East Hampton in early October, and then several days later Orlando attended the Victoria’s Secret Phi Beta Pink party in Beverly Hills in order to support Kerr. “He’s a sweetheart, a real sweetheart,” Kerr said of him.
They announced they were dating in February 2008 and in April 2008 Miranda introduced Bloom to her parents. “Miranda and Orlando have never been closer and are happier right now more so than ever,” Miranda’s mother told The Daily Telegraph in spring.
However, in July 2008 the rumor had it, Miranda and Orlando’s relationship was on the rocks. Nevertheless, in late October 2008 there were reports Orlando had proposed to Miranda. “They are talking about settling down and getting married in a year,” OK! magazine quoted a source, as saying. “They have had a bit of a crazy year, but they do love each other and she wants to be his wife.” In late November it was revealed there was no proposal made.
In her interview for Page Six Magazine in November 2008 Miranda said: “I’ve always wanted kids, so someday, eventually, yes it will happen.” “My ideal situation would be to live on a farm in a solar-powered house with a hammock and a vegetable patch. When this is all over, that’s where I’ll be.” “Yeah, one day down the line, of course I’d love to be a mum – it’s definitely something I’d like to do,” Miranda said in her interview during the Dream Angels lingerie range launch in April 2009.
In June 2009 there was a rumor the couple were moving in together as they were spotted looking at a $13 million mansion in Malibu. “The couple looked so in love and so relaxed. They seem so happy together – a perfect match. You could see Miranda getting all dreamy-eyed when they looked at this house. It was beautiful – right on the beach,” a source reported.
In late June 2010 Orlando’s rep confirmed the couple got engaged to be married. “We have been together for a while now and we had talked about it, but when it actually happened it was a total surprise,” Miranda said about the proposal.
Miranda and Orlando wed in a secret ceremony just a month after the engagement. Two weeks later it was reported Miranda was pregnant with the couple’s first child. Miranda and Orlando welcomed their son Flynn on January 6, 2011. Miranda was back on the runway less than two months after giving birth.
Miranda, known for her love of organic products and eco-friendly lifestyle, was named the new global ambassador for Earth Hour 2011. “I am pleased to be a global Ambassador for Earth Hour this year and I personally will be participating in Earth Hour on 26 March 2011, and will continue to adopt sustainability practices thereafter in my everyday life. Together we can make a difference. This year I will be going beyond the hour by continuing to recycle and by buying organic produce from local farmers markets thereby cutting down on the pesticides and insecticides used on our planet and reducing food miles,” Kerr said in her statement.
1. Miranda Kerr’s measurements are:
height: 5’9″ / 175 cm
waist: 24″ / 61 cm
hips: 34″ / 86 cm
2. Kerr suffered emotional distress following the death of her high-school boyfriend during her final year of schooling.
3. Miranda supports the Koala Foundation’s No Tree, No Me campaign. “It’s a sad thing. There are only about 100,000 koalas left in Australia,” she told Rolling Stone July 2009 green issue that she covered nude and chained to a tree. “Something like 80 percent of the koalas’ habitat has been destroyed since Europeans arrived in Australia.”
4. Miranda is the first Victoria’s Secret model to state the name of the product as well as the company name at the end of both commercials she’s starred in.
5. Miranda confesses her favorite clothing item is trackies. “I love wearing trackies to lounge around the house in and the strange thing is, t doesn’t matter how many new ones I get I still tend to feel most comfortable in my old ones.”
6. As part of her Buddhism belief, Kerr reportedly chants every morning and night for 20 minutes, practices yoga, meditates and reads on spirituality.
7. Miranda Kerr takes part in charity work donating to Wildlife Warriors Worldwide and Children International.
8. As it was reported in 2007, Kerr is writing an inspirational self-esteem self-help book called Treasure Yourself aimed at the female teenage demographic. “Basically, it’s a whole lot of information that I’ve found, that has helped me. If I can help one girl by doing this then I’ve completed my purpose,” Kerr said.
9. In 2007 there were reports Stephen Dorff was one of Miranda’s greatest celebrity admirers. The actor fell for Miranda after they met in a New York nightclub.
10. Miranda’s secrets about how to keep her bikini body: “The first step is eating healthy. I predominantly eat organic when I can. I eat extremely healthy because when I do, I have more energy. [I like] spinach, avocado, lots of greens and broccoli. I’m pretty much 80 percent healthy, 20 percent indulgent, because I don’t believe in depriving yourself!”