Kerr stars, Kiwi debuts for Victoria's Secret

Last updated 10:45 11/11/2011

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Supermodel Miranda Kerr gave Kiwi newbie Jessica Clarke a runway lesson at the Victoria's Secret show in New York overnight.

Kerr, who spent time living in Wellington with her Hobbit-star husband, the actor Orlando Bloom and baby son, Flynn, earlier this year, wowed the crowd in a US$2.5 million bra creation dripping with yellow diamonds and pearls.

The Daily Mail said Kerr left the "others in her shade as she showed off three different Angel looks".

She received a standing ovation, including from Bloom, as she strutted out to end the show wearing a bra described as an "ice peacock".

Clarke, originally from Palmerston North, was the first New Zealander to feature in Victoria Secret's line-up. The 18-year-old wore a more demure sequined top, featuring the word "pink" in a giant love heart.

Besides Kerr, she was joined on the catwalk by supermodels Heidi Klum and Gisele Bundchen.

Among the stars in the crowd were music stars Jayz Z, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Adam Levine.

Proud dad Shaun Clarke said: "I think she sort of realises it's a bit of a fantasy; she couldn't imagine anything more fantastic. She realises she's living a dream."

Mr Clarke said he did not realise at first the enormity of what being chosen for the show meant for his daughter.

After he researched the show he found 36 women were chosen for this year's event and only about 150 had modelled for Victoria's Secret since the show began in the mid-1990s.

"It's a really big opportunity that she's won for herself," he said. "She's obviously really pleased."

Mr Clarke said his daughter had worked hard and made the most of her opportunities.

"It's been a lot of really hard work. I'm just amazed at how hard the models work, the long hours they do."

While she was based in New York and living her dream, the former Palmerston North Girls' High School student got homesick at times, her dad said.

"She's really, really pleased to be a Palmy girl who's doing well. She's proud of coming from Palmerston North."

She planned to return to the city for a break next month, though Mr Clarke said she kept in close contact with her family and a "tight group" of friends over the internet.

"She can't wait to get home and see her friends," he said.

Clarke, who is signed with Clyne Model Management, only found out she would be walking in the New York fashion show a week ago. She won Miss Teen Manawatu in 2009.

"It's absolutely fantastic. We're really excited for her and her family. She's worked very hard to get where she is today," Clyne Model Management Agency director Marama Nichols said.

"Victoria's Secret is one of the most renowned and respected contracts a girl can pick up. It is one of the few jobs in modelling along with a worldwide Calvin Klein exclusive or a major fragrance or beauty contract that can make you into a superstar overnight. Girls such as Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen, Tyra Banks, and Miranda Kerr are all such girls and are very much household names!"

- Stuff, Manawatu Standard

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