Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr
Miranda Kerr

Kerr in August 2011
Born Miranda May Kerr
20 April 1983 (1983-04-20) (age 28)[1]
Sydney, Australia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Blue
Measurements 32–24–34 (US)
81–61–86 (EU)[2]
Dress size 6 US/36 EU[2]
Shoe size 8 US/39 EU[2]
Agency IMG Models
Traffic Models
Chic Management[2]
Spouse Orlando Bloom (2010–present)

Miranda May Kerr (born 20 April 1983)[1] is an Australian model best known as one of the Victoria's Secret Angels since mid-2007. She is the first Australian to participate in the Victoria's Secret campaign and also represents Australian fashion chain David Jones. Kerr began modeling in the fashion industry when she was 13, starting at Chaay's Modelling Agency, and soon after winning a 1997 Australian nationwide model search hosted by Dolly magazine and Impulse fragrances.[3]


Early life and family

Kerr was born in Sydney[4] and raised in the small town of Gunnedah, New South Wales.[5] She is the daughter of Therese and John Kerr. She has a brother, Matthew, who is two years younger. In an interview, Kerr stated she is of English, French and Scottish descent. During her childhood, Kerr "raced motorbikes and rode horses on her grandmother's farm." She describes her early life in the Australian countryside as "very grounding ... there wasn't any pretentiousness and no one really cared what you were wearing. You could just be you."[6] Her family moved to Brisbane to allow Kerr and her brother to experience city life, where she graduated from All Hallows' School in 2000. Kerr originally went on to study nutrition and health psychology before pursuing modeling.[7]


1997–2006: Dolly magazine and early work

At age 13, Kerr entered and won the 1997 annual Dolly Magazine/Impulse Model Competition. She was flown to Sydney a week before her 14th birthday to shoot for the magazine. Upon Kerr's win, local media expressed "concerned outrage" at her young age. The controversy raised concerns about the glorification of young girls within the fashion, beauty, and entertainment industries.[6] Some conservative media outlets claimed her Dolly shoot (including images of a 14-year-old Kerr in bathing suits) constituted a form of child pornography.[citation needed] Of the press, Kerr said: "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."[3]

Kerr signed to Chic Management's Sydney division. She received considerable commercial exposure after a series of beachwear ads predominantly for Australian surf chain Billabong, in which Kerr modeled surf brands Tigerlily, Roxy, Billabong Girls, and One Teaspoon. This increased her profile in the Australian, Thai and Asian markets, after which Kerr relocated to New York where she became co-owner of the Bowery Ballroom.[3][6]

Miranda Kerr in 2004 for Ober Jeans.

Once in New York, Kerr had a multitude of runway appearances and then signed with NEXT Model Management in early 2004. From there, she was booked for runway and print campaigns for major labels, including Alex Perry, 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, Roberto Cavalli, and Ober Jeans.[2]

Kerr was also booked for print in magazines such as Elle, Australian Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, and was featured in television advertisements for brands like Portmans, Bonds, and Veet.[3][6]

In early 2006, Kerr appeared in the finale episode of the TV show Project Runway, modeling clothes for contestant Daniel Vosovic's final collection. She was the first woman to walk down the catwalk.

In 2006, Kerr broke into the United States market when she signed a lucrative cosmetics contract with Maybelline New York. The campaign ran in a series of internationally sold women's beauty magazines, including Cosmopolitan, CLEO, and Elle, and was eventually featured in Victoria's Secret catalogues.[6] She (along with several other Victoria's Secret and Next agency models) was also featured in a music video for the American hip-hop single "Number One" by artists Kanye West and Pharrell.[3]

2007–present: Victoria's Secret and beyond

Following her success with Maybelline,[6] Kerr became the first Australian model to be offered a contract with Victoria's Secret in 2007, replacing Gisele Bündchen. Upon her acceptance, she became the first ever Australian Victoria's Secret Angel[8] joining the stable of models already signed to the lingerie giant, including Alessandra Ambrosio, Karolína Kurková, Adriana Lima, Selita Ebanks, Izabel Goulart, and Heidi Klum. Before becoming an Angel in 2007, Kerr was already picked to become the successor of Alessandra Ambrosio as the face of PINK in 2006. Kerr's popularity continued to increase as one of the globally recognized Angels when she appeared in the Victoria's Secret 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 televised runway shows, which aired on four continents.[6]

In 2007, Kerr had signed on as the face of Californian fashion retailer Arden B. After debuting in their Spring and Summer ad campaigns, Kerr returned for their Fall 2007 campaign, shot by fashion photographer Diego Uchitel.[3] Following her modeling success with Victoria's Secret, Kerr made a small guest appearance in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother alongside fellow Angels: Adriana Lima, Marisa Miller, Alessandra Ambrosio, Heidi Klum, and Selita Ebanks.[3] She also became the new face of Clinique Happy and signed a lucrative six-figure deal to be the new face of Australian department store David Jones, replacing model Megan Gale.[9] In 2008, having earned an estimated $3.5 million in the past 12 months, Forbes placed Kerr tenth in the list of the world's top-earning models.[10]

Since 2009, Kerr was in the spring/summer ad campaign for XOXO.[11] She was in Forbes 2009 list of the world's highest-paid models, ranking 9th with estimated earnings of $3 million.[12] She left NEXT Model Management and signed with IMG Models.[13] Kerr posed nude on the cover of Rolling Stone Australia's July 2009 issue.[14] She became the face Kora Organic Skincare for fall/winter 09,[11] then ended the year walking in the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.[13] In October 2009, Kerr launched an organic skincare line, called KORA Organics,[15] in Australia with co-founder George Moskos. Kerr's mother Therese has been the General Manager of KORA Organics since February 2010.[16] The company is based in Sydney. Kerr's brother Matt also works for the company.

She appeared in the 2010 Pirelli Calendar photographed by Terry Richardson in Bahia, Brazil.[17] Kerr became an author writing an inspirational self-esteem, self-help book called Treasure Yourself (2010) aimed at the female teenage demographic.[18]

Kerr at her book signing of Treasure Yourself in 2011

Previously known for her Victoria's Secret bombshell status rather than her high fashion work, Balenciaga is credited for launching her high fashion modeling career when casting directors Ashley Brokaw and Nicolas Ghesquière chose her to walk exclusively for the brand's spring 2010 runway show.[19] It was her first designer fashion show, aside from Victoria's Secret, since 2007.[2] A season later she walked for design company Prada for their Fall 2010 collection in Milan alongside fellow Angels Doutzen Kroes and Alessandra Ambrosio.[20] Kerr then scored fall/winter-campaigns for Prada and Jil Sander, and was shot by Steven Meisel for the September 2010 cover of Italian Vogue.[19]

In January 2011, Kerr became the first pregnant model for Vogue when featured in Vogue Australia, being six months pregnant at the time of the shoot.[21] In March she hit the catwalk for Balenciaga's Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear collection as part of Paris Fashion Week, two months after giving birth.[22] In 2011 she was featured in Dior's Ready to Wear and Lanvin's Ready to Wear runway.[citation needed] Kerr also posted nude for a 2011 Harper's Bazaar photo shoot.[23]

At models.com, she is ranked at number 4 on the Top 20 sexiest models.[24] Miranda Kerr was chosen to unveil the $2.5 million Victoria's Secret Fantasy Treasure Bra for the lingerie maker's fashion show in November 2011.[25]

Public image

Kerr in Perth on 21 February 2009

Kerr's model trademark are her dimples.[6] Celebrity photographer Russell James said of Kerr, "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." Model agent Ursula Hufnagl described Kerr as "the perfect endorsement", citing her ability to "truly sell a product."[6]

She has been ranked in FHM's '100 Sexiest Women' poll at #56 in 2009, #36 in 2010, and #44 in 2011.[26]

Kerr's charitable work includes Wildlife Warriors Worldwide and Children International.[18] In June 2009, Kerr posed naked, chained to a tree, for an issue of Rolling Stone Australia magazine, in order to raise awareness for the endangered koalas.[14]

In early February 2010, Kerr inadvertently became the subject of global headlines when David Kiely, a banker at Macquarie Bank in Sydney, was caught viewing "racy" photos of the model on his computer while in the background of a colleague's live television interview with Channel 7. Within days, a clip of the interview uploaded onto YouTube received over 1.3 million hits.[27] When Kiely was suspended and an internet campaign launched on his behalf, Kerr herself gave him her backing: "I am told there is a petition to save his job, and of course I would sign it." The episode prompted a 100% increase in the number of Google searches for Kerr's name.[28] A few days after the incident, Macquarie Bank announced that Kiely would keep his job.[29]

Personal life

Kerr practices Nichiren Buddhism and believes "we have a responsibility to bring peace and harmony to our lives and the world." As part of her Nichiren beliefs, Kerr reportedly chants every morning and night for 20 minutes, practices yoga, meditates, and reads widely on spirituality.[6] She maintains her physique through daily yoga, light jogging, and a diet of steamed vegetables, fresh fruit, and fish.[30]

In 2003, Kerr began dating finance broker Adrian Camilleri. Following an Australian Securities and Investments Commission investigation, Camilleri was found guilty on five counts of fraudulent behaviour from February 2003 to February 2004. Kerr subsequently ended the relationship. A 2007 newspaper report claims that Kerr suffered financially "after taking her boyfriend's financial advice" but chose not to take legal action.[31]

She formerly dated Jay Lyon (Brent Tuhtan), the lead singer of the band Tamarama, who has made appearances on season one of the MTV series The City. Kerr starred in Tamarama's video clip for "Everything To Me". The two began dating in 2003 and had a four year relationship, which ended on mutual terms in mid-2007.[32]

Kerr began dating actor Orlando Bloom in late 2007.[33] He is also an SGI member. On 12 February 2009, Kerr and Bloom participated in the "Australia Unites" fundraiser to raise money for the victims of the Australian bushfires on 7 February 2009.[34] In 2009, the Bling Ring broke into Bloom's home. The group stole luxury brand clothing and jewelry. In this case, the ringleader allegedly wanted Kerr's Victoria's Secret lingerie.[35] The couple's engagement was announced on 21 June 2010.[36] Kerr released a statement on 22 July 2010, confirming that she and Bloom had married in "an intimate ceremony."[37] In 2011, Kerr gave birth to their first child, a son named Flynn Christopher Blanchard Copeland Bloom.[38][39][40] The middle name Christopher comes from Kerr's ex-boyfriend,[41] Christopher Middlebrook[42] who died in a car accident in 1998 when they were 15. The two were still dating at the time.[43]


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  14. ^ a b Stuart Pink (1 June 2009). Miranda Kerr strips naked for the koalas. The Sun. Accessed 2010-10-16.
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  16. ^ "KORA Organics Blog | Author Therese". Koraorganics.com. http://www.koraorganics.com/blog/author/therese/. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  17. ^ Gabriel Bell (18 June 2009). Terry Richardson and Most of the World’s Models Gang Up for Pirelli Calendar 2010. New York Magazine. Accessed 2011-02-21.
  18. ^ a b Victoria's Secret Profile of Miranda Kerr YouTube. Accessed 2007-12-12.
  19. ^ a b James Lim (26 September 2011). Prada or Balenciaga: Who Carries More Weight in Modeling?. New York Magazine. Accessed 2011-10-06.
  20. ^ Prada's Fashion Show Gets Heavenly (1 March 2010). CocoPerez.com. Accessed 2010-10-15.
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  22. ^ Maysa Rawa (4 March 2011). They don't call her super for nothing: Miranda Kerr is back on the catwalk just TWO months after giving birth. Daily Mail. Accessed 2011-03-06.
  23. ^ Miranda Kerr nude pic in Harper's Bazaar shows her post-baby career is shaping up gorgeously (7 October 2011). Daily Telegraph]. Accessed 2011-10-10.
  24. ^ Top Sexiest models. Models.com. Accessed 2010-10-16.
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  27. ^ Campaigners rally to save 'racy pics' banker Dave's job (4 February 2010). CNN. Accessed 2010-10-16.
  28. ^ Australia banker caught viewing erotic photos keeps job (5 February 2010). BBC News. Accessed 2010-02-05.
  29. ^ Miranda Kerr's banker fan David Kiely to keep job (5 February 2010). The Courier-Mail. Accessed 2010-09-01.
  30. ^ Miranda Kerr's hot body secrets (12 June 2008). Cleo Australia. Accessed 2010-04-04.
  31. ^ Kerr's ex Guilty (22 September 2007). Daily Telegraph. Accessed 2008-04-26.
  32. ^ Jonathon Moran (11 November 2007). Miranda Kerr single but love may Bloom. The Daily Telegraph. Accessed 2010-09-01.
  33. ^ Orlando Bloom Meets Miranda Kerr's Parents (28 April 2008). People. Accessed 2008-04-28.
  34. ^ Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom chip in for bush fire relief (12 February 2009). Herald Sun. Accessed 2009-02-12.
  35. ^ Nancy Jo Sales (20 October 2009). The Suspects Wore Louboutins. Vanity Fair. Accessed 2010-10-16.
  36. ^ It's official! Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr are engaged. (21 June 2010) NY Daily News. Accessed 2010-09-01.
  37. ^ Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr Secretly Marry! (22 July 2010). People. Accessed 2008-07-07.
  38. ^ Sarah Michaud (19 January 2011). Miranda Kerr: I Had a Baby Boy with Orlando Bloom!. People. Accessed 2011-01-19.
  39. ^ Eamonn Duff (9 January 2011). It's a baby boy for KerrBloom. The Sydney Morning Herald. Accessed 2011-01-08
  40. ^ 04:00 PM ET (2011-05-16). "Miranda Kerr Names Flynn After Late Boyfriend – Moms & Babies – Moms & Babies - People.com". Celebritybabies.people.com. http://celebritybabies.people.com/2011/07/13/miranda-kerr-names-flynn-after-late-boyfriend/. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  41. ^ "Flynn Christopher Bloom: A Son for Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom". Waltzing More Than Matilda. http://waltzingmorethanmatilda.com/2011/02/27/flynn-christopher-bloom-a-son-for-miranda-kerr-and-orlando-bloom/. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  42. ^ At home with Miranda Kerr – the Telegraph.com.au
  43. ^ "Treasure Yourself". KORA Organics. http://www.koraorganics.com/products/treasure-yourself. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 

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