A day in the life of Miranda Kerr
In a hotel suite overlooking Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, a pair of near-new gold stilettos lie abandoned on the floor, while Bob Dylan and Florence and the Machine hum out of an iPod that a team of people battled all afternoon to make work.
A plate of half-eaten fruit, and perfectly cut raw veggies sits nearby, which supermodel Miranda Kerr finishes in between answering questions – she says interviews were the only time she had to actually sit down and eat during this whirlwind visit.
And this was a whirlwind. Kerr was in and out of New Zealand in less that 24 hours on Friday, all thanks to a new hair care product – Clear Scalp and Hair Beauty Therapy, or Clear if you want less of a mouthful.
The Aussie beauty, who turns 30 in May, is the spokesperson for the product on this side of the world. It’s just the latest addition to a bulging resume that includes Australian Kids Helpline ambassador, managing director of an organic skincare range she founded, mum, and Victoria Secrets angel.
But, perhaps surprisingly, Kerr doesn’t see herself as a “model”.
“I guess I’m just an open-hearted, fair, good person. I try to encourage people to be their best and look inside themselves and find out what they are passionate about and expand on that and enjoy life.
“I feel like life is really short and it’s important to enjoy yourself and embrace whatever comes your way, whether it’s a challenging day or a great day, just welcome it with open arms. No matter who you are, you can’t escape challenges, they are part of life.”
Not easy to fit on a customs immigration card, and if it sounds like something out of a self-help book, that’s because it is. Kerr became an author in 2010 with her book Treasure Yourself. She says there’s a second one on the way later this year.
So where does the mum of two-year-old Flynn find the time to do all this?
“I’m a pretty driven person, and I’ve accepted that about myself. For a long time I was like ‘I’m a very laid-back person, I grew up in the country’, but I’m also very driven, otherwise I wouldn’t be where I am right now.
“If I was as relaxed as what I perceived myself to be, I would not be able to multi-task the way I multi-task.”
Kerr steely blue eyes are focused, but easy to laugh. It’s clear though, after 10 days away, home is calling.
“I can’t wait to get back to my boys [son Flynn and Hollywood actor-husband, Orlando Bloom].
“[I miss them] so much.”
Kerr says she used to take Flynn with her when she travelled, but now he’s older she is the one who must make the sacrifices.
“Now that he’s two, it’s really important for me that he maintains his routine and it’s not in his best interests to go from Sydney to Melbourne to Auckland, back to LA. He’s got a great little routine with his playgroup and he’s lucky because he is with his dad.”
And with that the plate is put down, a careful eye is cast over photos taken of her moments earlier and Kerr is off to the next interested party, before getting on that LA-bound plane to go back to mum-mode.