Miranda May Kerr (born 20 April 1983) is an Australian model. Kerr rose to prominence in 2007 as one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels. Kerr was the first Australian Victoria’s Secret model and also represented the Australian department store chain David Jones.
Kerr has launched her own brand of organic skincare products, KORA Organics, and has written a self-help book. Kerr began modelling in the fashion industry when she was 13, winning the 1997 Dolly magazine model search competition.
Since 2008, Kerr has consistently ranked on the Forbes list of highest earning models.Kerr was born in Sydney and raised in Gunnedah, New South Wales.She is the daughter of Therese and John Kerr.
She has a brother, Matthew, who is two years younger. In an interview, Kerr stated that her ancestry is mostly English with smaller amounts of Scottish and French.During her childhood, Kerr “raced motorbikes and rode horses on her grandmother’s farm”.
She describes her early life in the Australian countryside as “very grounding … there wasn’t any pretentiousness and no one really cared what you were wearing. You could just be you.”Her family moved to Brisbane to allow Kerr and her brother to experience city life. She graduated from All Hallows’ School in 2000.
Kerr studied nutrition and health psychology before pursuing modelling.At age 13, Kerr entered and won the 1997 annual Dolly magazine/Impulse model competition. She was flown to Sydney a week before her 14th birthday to shoot for the magazine.
Upon Kerr’s win, local media expressed “concerned outrage” at her young age. The controversy raised concerns about the glorification of young girls within the fashion, beauty, and entertainment industries.Some media outlets claimed her Dolly shoot (including images of a 14-year-old Kerr in bathing suits) constituted a form of paedophilia.
Of the press, Kerr said: “In the media at the time they were trying to cling on to anything remotely to do with paedophilia. Dolly is a magazine for teenage girls, not for old men. And I was fully clothed! Doing a winter shoot! They just made something out of nothing.”Kerr signed to Chic Management’s Sydney division. She received considerable commercial exposure after a series of beachwear ads predominantly for Australian surf chain Billabong, in which Kerr modelled surf brands Tigerlily, Roxy, Billabong Girls, and One Teaspoon.
This increased her profile in the Australian and Asian markets, after which Kerr relocated to New York where she became co-owner of the Bowery Ballroom.