Tea time with Miranda Kerr. Photographer: Julie Adams
Miranda Kerr was the first Australian to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel (in 2007), was counted the following year among the world’s 10 highest-earning models and has modelled for the likes of Prada, Balenciaga and Vogue. This week the 32-year-old stepped out publicly for the first time with her new boyfriend, Evan Spiegel , the billionaire founder of Snapchat, at a pre-Grammys gala in Beverly Hills. Kerr, 32, talks to me about her new romance, being a working mother to her five-year-old son with ex-husband Orlando Bloom, and what’s off-limits on social media.
What is the first thing you do when you come back home to Australia?
It’s a long flight back, so I take a shower and make a cup of tea – usually Earl Grey with goat milk and honey, and then get out in the garden, put my feet in the grass and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.
What has been your biggest pinch-me moment in your career?
I think doing what I’m doing now. I never expected to be still in this profession and to be able to work and collaborate with amazing globally respected brands like Royal Albert and Swarovski – I’ve just finished designing my second jewellery collection for them, it’s amazing and something I am very grateful for.
You stepped out publicly for the first time with boyfriend Evan Spiegel this week. How long have you been together?
For a little while now, we met at a dinner in LA for Louis Vuitton and became friends. We were really good friends for a long time before we started dating.
You have both kept your romance private until now. Has that been intentional?
We’ve just been having fun together and sharing our time amongst friends and family … We’ve been out publicly together a lot but just hadn’t been photographed together on the red carpet.
Tell me about the new Royal Albert collection.
We had such an overwhelmingly positive response to the collection of teaware I designed for Royal Albert that we decided to extend the range to glassware … wine glasses, tumblers, champagne flutes, water pitchers and vases. Something I wanted to continue across the range was the butterfly motif – butterflies are sentimental to me, they are also a symbol of joy, hope, growth and transformation, they have elegance and a beautiful vulnerability, so each piece has little butterflies etched into the glass.
What is your favourite way to entertain family and friends?
I love entertaining at home – everything from BBQ lunches by the pool to dinner parties, and afternoon tea with girlfriends. My home has been designed with entertaining in mind; I have friends drop by unexpectedly all the time. I love that … I think it’s what makes a house a home.
If you sit next to anyone at a dinner party, who would it be?
Marilyn Monroe – I find her incredibly fascinating and think it would be really interesting to hear her story firsthand and be in her presence.
What is something that you cannot say no to?
How would you describe your style?
I think it has evolved over the years, especially since becoming a mother, so I’d probably describe it as classic, functional – and at times little bohemian.
What is one fashion item you couldn’t live without?
Jeans! And sunglasses.
What is your top beauty secret you’ve learnt while modelling?
Beautiful skin is healthy skin. That’s why it’s important to feed your skin from the inside as well as outside. Choosing fresh, organic – when possible – produce, drinking enough water and using a skincare that is nutrient-rich and full of essential fatty acids. That’s why I developed KORA Organics, it’s formulated to feed, protect and nourish your skin.
What is still on your bucket list career-wise?
Making KORA Organics a household name worldwide.
You seem to keep your family and private life off social media. Is that something that is important to you?
To be honest, I try to find a balance. Obviously Flynn is a big part of my life and I am so proud to be a mother, so I will sometimes share little pictures of maybe his hand or a drawing he has made, but I keep it to a minimum. So much of my life is public, it’s important for me to keep some things sacred and just for my family.
What is off-limits when it comes to social media?
I think it’s personal, what feels right for me may not for someone else. For me social media is a way to connect and communicate directly with family, friends and fans … and I find it fun!
What’s the best thing about being a mum?
Everything … every day is magical … Seeing their little eyes light up when they learn something new. It’s amazing to think we can create such special little people.
What do you find most challenging thing about motherhood?
Finding a daily balance to ensure that we get enough one-on-one quality time together.
What do you enjoy most about being a working mum?
Showing my son a strong work ethic, and leading by example.
If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be?
My late grandmother. She passed just before I was born so I never got to meet her. I’d love to experience her life and walk a day in her shoes to get to know her.
What would be your advice for someone starting out in the industry?
Show up on time, work hard, ask lots of questions, don’t take the opinion of others personally and be gracious.
How do you stay in shape?
I work out most days but I do things that I enjoy so it’s less of a chore… I practice yoga daily even if only for 20 minutes, and then rotate between Pilates, ballet, swimming, cycling, hiking and keeping up with Flynn.
What’s next on the pipeline?
I’ve just finished designing another range for Royal Albert that is giftware and textile focused and it will launch soon. I’m launching my second collection of fine jewellery that I designed for Swarovski and I have just launched a handbag collection in Asia, which was great fun. I love working on these creative projects, it’s great to be able to have different creative outlets.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully as happy, healthy and content as I am today. I feel blessed to have the experiences I do, and such wonderful people in my life who enrich it in so many ways.
WE WENT TO Miranda’s private residence.
WE ATE Orchard Street turmeric macadamia bark, rose and lavender cacao bark, caramel tulsi slice, dulce de leche rosemary cake, goddess glow cake, cacao bliss cake
WE DRANK Orchard Street botanical tea and green fields organic juice
MIRANDA WORE Novis dress
I WORE a Jac and Jack top and LOVER skirt.