A film-star husband, brand-new baby, red-hot career and spiritual journey—welcome to the life of Miranda Kerr.
She may be known for her preternatural physical attributes, but Miranda Kerr prefers to gaze inwards—call her a Buddhist in a bikini. Her recipe for cultivating spiritual bliss includes meditation, chanting and jump-starting each day with a positive affirmation: "I am a healthy, vibrant being of love and light," she intones on a recent morning.
A few hours later, she strides purposefully into a Hollywood photographic studio. With her radiant skin, lustrous chestnut hair and glinting blue eyes, Kerr quickly becomes the focus of the 25-plus people on set. Photographers, stylists, assistants, cameramen, publicists, Kerr's own mother, father, paternal grandparents, even her miniature Yorkshire Terrier, Frankie—for all, the centre of attention at today's shoot is the model and beauty entrepreneur. It was a similar scene earlier in the week, as InStyle spent a day shadowing Kerr while she was hard at work creating the new David Jones campaign. Still, despite the hive of activity that trails her, Kerr knows how to create an oasis of calm. "Hey cutie pie," she coos at the baby cradled in her arms. Born to Kerr and husband Orlando Bloom in January, son Flynn is already a regular at shoots. "I'm so blessed that I can bring him to work," she says.
At 28, Kerr has been working for more than half her lifetime, and the story of her discovery is well-known to most in her home country. She landed on the scene at the age of 13, after winning a teen magazine modelling competition. In 2007 she achieved "super" status by earning her Victoria's Secret "Angel" wings, the first Australian to do so. The following year, she signed on to her role as ambassador for David Jones. Before you can inquire about how she now toggles between supermodeldom and motherhood, Kerr answers with a move that is both disarming and charming. A deft multi-tasker, she nurses Flynn while being interviewed. She has twice Tweeted candid pictures of herself feeding Flynn—the two of them in bed soon after he was born, and more recently sitting in a make-up chair in a robe and heels, posted with the words: "Another day in the office". But, like most new mums, she admits to having whittled down her madcap schedule of late. "I was working 18-hour days. Now the pace has slowed so I can spend the majority of my time with Flynn—we have a bath together every night." Kerr is now "first a wife and a mother, and then comes work," she explains. "When I work, it needs to be the best decision for us as a family." She pauses for a moment and asks of one of the Kerr clan in attendance, "What did I do with his burp cloth?"
Kerr's mother Therese, father John, grandmother Ann, and grandfather Peter, are all here, visiting from Australia. "We're pretty close," says Kerr, beaming. For the remainder of the year, they will be seeing more of each other as Kerr and Bloom work on separate projects in the antipodes. July marks the emissary's triumphant return to the David Jones runways for the retailer's spring/summer preview; she took a leave of absence last year owing to her marriage and childbirth. "I always have a great time when I go back," Kerr says. "I grew up [working] with so many of the Australian designers—Lisa Ho, Alex Perry, the Ksubi boys—they were the first shows I ever did and I feel close to them." Simultaneously, Bloom arrives in New Zealand to reprise his role from The Lord of the Rings trilogy—the flaxen-haired elf, Legolas—in The Hobbit. Kerr is also scheduled to travel to a tropical island for a Victoria's Secret swimwear shoot, with Flynn in tow. "He's already been to Paris," she says, marvelling at her junior jetsetter.
By George Epaminondas and photographed by Mike Newling
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