• What a difference five years makes. In the early days of Miranda Kerr’s modeling career, although newly signed to lingerie powerhouse Victoria’s Secret, cover shoots were a novelty for her, and her life was filled with “paddock-bashing” in rural Australia – essentially speeding around a farm in a pickup truck. She also had a new man in her life, actor
    Orlando Bloom.

    Who could have foretold what lay ahead? Kerr has worked non-stop since then, appearing on countless magazine covers and fronting advertising campaigns to become one of the world’s highest-paid models, according to Forbes. Like Gisele Bündchen and other models-turned-moguls before her, Kerr has built herself into a one-woman brand. She is an author (of self-improvement book Treasure Yourself), a health and nutrition advocate, a businesswoman (her skincare line, KORA Organics, launched on NET-A-PORTER in May), and a young mother. “It feels like a whole other life,” Kerr says of how much she has achieved. None

    of this success came – barring her genetic gifts – without determination; the kind of willpower that led Kerr to give birth to her 9lb 12oz baby, Flynn, now two, without the help of any pain relief. But inevitably, what also accompanied her triumphs is the kind of fame that sees countless paparazzi following her and her family around the clock.

    Dressed casually in Burberry high-waisted jeans and a simple white T-shirt by Helmut Lang, Kerr’s hair is blow-dried into perfect, honey-colored waves. Now 30, she is masterminding a sea change in her career. Her success as a model has given her a voice. “I want to do good things with that voice,” she says. “My ambition comes from my passion: finding what I love and then expanding on that.” She is not steering away

    “My AMBITION comes from my passion: finding what I LOVE and expanding on that”

    Swimsuit by Beth Richards

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