She’s been the face of Maybelline, the first ever Australian Victoria’s Secret Angel and is Orlando Bloom’s ex-wife, so there is no doubting Miranda Kerr’s status as a newsworthy household name.
But Kerr started life far from the glitz and glamour we associate with her, growing up in a small town in New South Wales, and later moving to Brisbane as her parents wanted her to experience life in the city. Kerr threw herself into the experience and took up modelling when she was just 13, eventually going on to win a nationwide modelling competition in 1997. From there, she has gone on and on to bigger and better things.
Just last year, Kerr married Snapchat wunderkind Evan Spiegel, and since 2008 she has consistently ranked on the Forbes list of highest earning models – proving that behind those killer looks, she also has a savvy business brain and knows how to get by in the industry. Among her many ventures, Kerr has launched her own brand of organic skincare products and written a best-selling book.
But perhaps the most entertaining time she hit the headlines, and endearingly dealt with the media storm that followed, was in 2010 when an amusing incident with a banker caused her popularity to skyrocket.
An unfortunate worker at Macquarie’s Sydney office – where Kerr is obviously a big hit and both a national treasure and pleasure – was spotted viewing explicit images of Kerr on his computer during a colleague’s television interview.
Management decided that he may have to be dismissed for the transgression, but after Kerr came out in support of the office worker – noting “I am told there is a petition to save his job, and of course I would sign it” – he was saved. And, of course, more recently a feud between Kerr, ex-husband Bloom and Justin Bieber led to one of the best headlines of all time: Orlando Bloom ‘hurdled sofa to punch Justin Bieber’ as Leonardo DiCaprio cheered. Bravo, Miranda.
So, known for her charming dimples, exceptional figure, and ability to sell any product with which she’s presented, the supermodel is the ultimate girl-next-door, and a very worthy woman of the week.