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Like working mothers all around the globe, Kerr is trying to shield her children from the strain while keeping the cogs of her home and work life turning. “It’s a very challenging time [and] everyone’s just trying to learn how to navigate this,” she says. “Obviously you have to protect yourself and your neighbours and do everything that is recommended, like social distancing and handwashing. We should all take those things very seriously. But we have to work together, not as individuals, not as nations, but as humans to make it through this tumultuous time. It’s a time to be aware of other people, reach out to neighbours who might not be able to get groceries and say, ‘hey, what can I do to help?’ What’s interesting is my kids are actually happy to have both parents at home and don’t really understand what’s happening in the world. They’re just [glad to] have family time. Flynn is being super helpful, obviously working on his remote learning for school, and at the same time he’s unpacking the dishwasher and helping with the vacuuming. We’re all coming together as a family to do what we need to do.”
While it’s probably true that being secluded in a sprawling mansion might make a lockdown crisis more tolerable, Kerr is no out-of-touch diva living in an ivory tower with her perfect family. Yes, she and her husband have each enjoyed spectacular commercial success—in March 2020, Spiegel, 29, was worth about $4.4 billion according to Forbes, while Kerr’s personal empire is estimated to be about $80 million, and the family live in upmarket Brentwood in a beautiful $20 million home previously owned by actor Harrison Ford—but they’re adamant their children will not fall into any ‘Rich Kids of LA’ madness.
“Flynn understands that when it comes to books, [we] can buy as many as he’d like, but toys are only for special occasions, like a birthday or Christmas. It’s just not happening any other time,” Kerr stresses. “He has his chores he has to do, but if he does something extra like washing the car then he gets pocket money. He made a lemonade stand with his friends then saved that money because I told him he’s going to have to buy his own car [one day]. I grew up in a little country town. My parents bought the cheapest house and had to work their way up, and they really taught me the value of working hard and saving.”
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Like worth ethic, empathy is critically important in the Kerr-Spiegel household, too. “Whenever it’s Christmas or Thanksgiving, we get together as a family and go to the local shelter and help pack boxes. We donate physically as a family as well as financially, and we think that’s important. Sometimes, Flynn and I will do a big cook up and take it down to Harvest Home [a shelter in LA for pregnant homeless women] and eat together with them.” She and Spiegel regularly roll up their sleeves for charity A Sense of Home, which helps prepare houses for vulnerable youth leaving foster care. When they pledged $3 million to the Australian bushfire crisis earlier this year, it was done quietly—without fanfare.
That preference to assist in a hands-on way and stay low-key partly explains why Kerr, despite her hectic work schedule and comprehensive family security detail, has just one nanny to help with her three children—highly unusual for someone of her means. “I know every mother probably says the same thing, but my children mean everything to me, and I try to plan around their schedule. Everyone who works with me understands my children are my number one priority. But I think it’s important my children also understand that sometimes it won’t be exactly how they want it all of the time. I am working from home, but I am still working. Work is a healthy thing,” she adds, emphatically.
“[Evan and I] have our own businesses and we work in different ways. My children know that they can come in at any time. It doesn’t matter if I’m on a call or if I have a meeting at home. Hart will sit with me in my meetings and I’ll say, ‘so what do you think, Mr Spiegel?’ Then Flynn will come in and be like, ‘what products are we testing?’ Then, half the time, Myles is sitting on my lap, being breastfed during meetings, so it’s a real family business,” she says, amused. “You know Estée Lauder, she had sons, right?”
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Do Flynn and Hart have any comprehension yet of how famous their parents are? “Well Flynn, obviously because he’s nine now, understands that his father [Kerr’s ex-husband Orlando Bloom] is in movies and Katy [Bloom’s fiancé, Katy Perry] has music out, but he’s never really known anything different. When he was little, probably three at the time, he was with his grandparents and saw a picture of me on a billboard and then ran up and hugged it. Now, I guess he understands it, but it doesn’t mean he’s any different to anyone else because he does the same things as the other kids at school.”
When Kerr and Bloom separated in 2013, there were no public declarations of conscious uncoupling or the saccharine joint-Instagram statements so popular with the A-list now, but the pair have still managed to weather the break-up storm. “When Orlando and I separated…we made that commitment to always put Flynn’s needs first, above our own, and I’m really fortunate that we are really good friends. He almost feels like a brother to me…and I’ve said that he’ll always be family. It’s the same with his partner now and I’ve said that to her. They’re our family.”
When it comes to business, Kerr is well versed at wearing many hats, figuratively and literally. Her illustrious international runway and campaign modelling career began in her teens, and while Victoria’s Secret has fallen from grace due to #MeToo sensibilities, at the time Kerr was a VS Angel it was considered the ultimate modelling gig—a ticket to guaranteed fame and fortune. Since then, she’s made a series of savvy commercial partnerships that have fortified brand Miranda, too: the 2014 jewellery collection co-created with Swarovski, for example, has been one the Austrian company’s most successful celebrity partnerships to date. Likewise her fine-china collection with Royal Albert, which will soon have a second instalment. Most recently, she ventured into interiors with her usual guns-blazing attitude, with an almost 50-piece collection with Universal Furniture called Love. Joy. Bliss. “When Universal approached me to have a meeting about the potential of working together I came with a full vision board and a 30-page document on what I would do if the collaboration went ahead. They were like, ‘Wow, we’ve never [had] a meeting with someone so prepared.’ But as my mum has always said, ‘If you’re going to do something, do it properly or don’t do it at all.’” Unsurprisingly, Kerr was hands-on with the design of every piece. “We butted heads on a few things but at the end of the day, there’s no way I’m going to put my name on something unless it’s something I want in my own home. My home is my sanctuary. The specific wood grains I picked, the gorgeous brass detail, the geometric shapes, the mother-of-pearl inlay, the alabaster whitewash wood, soft colours and beautiful fabrics—it’s all quite contemporary, but it [still] feels timeless, stylish and also functional. Plus, the fabrics are washable if the kids spill something on them.”
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Of course, the venture that still draws almost all Kerr’s energy is Kora Organics. “I have three boys but this is my baby girl,” she says of the certified organic skincare company she started more than 10 years ago, long before chemical-free beauty became cool. Today the line is sold in 30 countries and 550 Sephora stores across the US. “In the beginning it was a project to create products I wanted but was unable to find in the market. Now it’s my everyday living. I’m the founder and CEO, but I work with my team across all aspects of the business, from research and development to marketing, to taking the photos we shoot for the campaign. I even write all of the copy on the back of each product,” she adds. “I’ve worked my whole life to fund my own business. So many people have wanted to invest along the way and…I’m not saying that I won’t in the future, but…I just feel so proud of how far we’ve come.”
When asked if her tech genius CEO husband raids the Kora Organics supplies, Kerr is amused. “Yes, he does,” she says, noting that she introduced him to her Noni Glow Face Oil hero product very early in their courtship. “I once heard him talking to one of his friends [saying], ‘You really should try the sleeping mask, it’s amazing. When you wake up in the morning your skin’s so plump and dewy.’ I was like, ‘What! Did you just say that?’ But it was really great to hear. He really believes in me and the products. He’s an incredible partner.”
This article originally appeared in the May issue of InStyle, on sale April 16.