Photographs by CHRIS COLLS Styling by TRACY TAYLOR
Miranda Kerr is driving down the freeway, powering past the other vehicles, leaving for dust drivers who are entirely unaware they are on the tail of one of the world’s highest-earning models. If it wasn’t for the green juice balanced between us, and the fact that the steely blue eyes fixed on the road have looked out at me from countless magazine covers, billboards and paparazzi photographs, I might have trouble believing it myself.
The good news, given that we are conducting this interview at speed and on roads that Kerr is admittedly unfamiliar with, is that the 31-year-old is an expert behind the wheel. She began driving at the age of five, on her family’s farm in Gunnedah, Australia. “Just on a little Peewee 50 bike, going round my grandparents’ barn,” says Kerr. “[Driving] is such a good feeling – a sense of freedom.” Did she revel in the exhilaration? “No, I have always been quite cautious. I wasn’t wild or anything. It was about having the wind in my face.”
Wild, Kerr certainly is not. For someone who started her career at the age of 14, growing up in front of a worldwide lens, there are no stories of debauchery in her wake. Bar her recent admission to BritishGQ that she had joined the mile high club – and really, traveling as much as she does, she’d probably be celibate if she hadn’t – you are more likely to hear her expounding about her latest organic superfood discovery than gossiping about the events of last night.
Though she is currently mid-juice cleanse, the trend for mindful eating is no infatuation for Kerr – healthy eating has always been a passion. “I grew up learning the benefits first-hand from my grandmother,” she says. “She had a vegetable patch at the back of her house and she would teach me how to cook – all very simple but wholesome. Learning the benefits of eating organic food and the nutrient value was ingrained into me, then it was something that I wanted to learn more about because for my job I need to feel my best so that I can give my best.
In fact, Kerr nearly postponed her modeling career to study nutrition, and is now a certified health practitioner, which has been key in founding her skincare line, KORA Organics. So passionate is she about the range that for her it entirely overshadows her more famous endeavors. “From my first photoshoot at 14, I never saw myself as a model,” she insists. “If someone asks me what I do, I say, ‘I have my own skincare line.’ I don’t define myself as a model.”
Which isn’t to suggest that Kerr doesn’t enjoy the job at hand. “I like being able to find different aspects of myself and expressing them through a picture,” she says. “It’s fun. I might as well do it while I can. It’s not going to last forever.”
And just as with everything she does, Kerr is in full control of her modeling performance. On today’s shoot, she joined photographer Chris Colls and I at the monitor to give her opinion. Is that usual for her? “When I’m on a photoshoot I’m involved with every part of it. If I look at the monitor now, after so many years of doing this, I can be like, ‘Oh, if I move my leg a little bit that way it’s going to make the picture look a lot better.’”
“I look for the BEST in every situation. Even if it’s something that’s SAD, I think, ‘There’s a REASON for this’”