“Miranda Kerr’s back in town!” my driver proudly announces minutes after my own arrival in Sydney. News of the Australian model’s homecoming that weekend—and airport reunion with her three-year-old son, Flynn—spread as quickly as photos of Kerr looking impeccably polished on arrival in a dovegrey coat and nude heels.
Two days later, she greets me between sips of celery-cucumber-kale-blend juice, excited to chat about the launch of Swarovski’s Facets of Light fall/winter 2014 collection, for which she fronts a gorgeous Steven Meisel-shot campaign.
What first piqued your interest in jewellery?
“My grandmother grew up not having very much money, but she always looked so elegant. And she always wore pearls. So when I was working with Swarovski, I fell in love with their beautiful pearls. Every woman needs a string—with crystals.”
What has been the biggest change since you started modelling at 14?
“In the beginning, I thought my career would be shortlived, but here I am at 31. I started off doing much more commercial jobs until I worked with Steven Meisel [for Vogue Italia in 2010] and Willy Vanderperre. Then people started seeing me in a different light. I was grateful to work with people who had creative vision.”
As a street-style icon, do you worry about dressing for photographers?
“My grandmother instilled in me that it’s important to take care of yourself. Even when I was pregnant—I was schlepping around in my pyjamas and she was like, ‘C’mon, Miranda, put on some nice clothes; we’re going out!’”
What’s next for you? Will you follow in the footsteps of some of your model-turned-actress predecessors?
“Who knows? Never say never. But the thing about movies is that you need a good three months’ time, and I don’t have three months off— not even a month off.”
Miranda Kerr’s three faves of the moment.
Song on repeat: “‘Magic’ by Coldplay.”
Carryall: “A Birkin bag.” Obvs.
Most dog-eared pages: “Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse.”
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