Why Mi­randa Kerr al­ways looks as re­laxed as she does on our cover.

A mas­ter class in liv­ing life the zen way, cour­tesy of the new face of joe fresh.

ELLE (Canada) - - In­sider - BySarahLaing

If ever you need to be re­minded that mod­el­ling is a job and fash­ion a busi­ness, spend a cou­ple of days with a su­per­model on a big shoot.

It’s not that our days on-set with Mi­randa Kerr, shoot­ing her first hol­i­day cam­paign as the face of Joe Fresh, were un­pleas­ant, but they were busi­nesslike: Shot af­ter shot, look af­ter look, the Aus­tralian supe per­formed ef­fi­ciently and with­out much fuss—just an­other per­son on a team of many work­ing hard to get the thing done. (Even the pup­pies on-set were pro­fes­sional cuties, hired to gam­bol on faux snow spread around styl­ized birch trees.)

Kerr even got caught up in a lit­tle mi­nor work­place drama at the airy stu­dio in New York’s SoHo, where it all went down on a sunny spring day. “The hair­dresser was hav­ing a chal­leng­ing time on-set,” she re­calls in a later con­ver­sa­tion. “My hair was short and the client wanted it long, and [the male model, To­bias Sorensen] had long hair and they wanted it to look short. I saw that the hair­dresser was look­ing flus­tered, so I gave him an oil that my aro­mather­a­pist made for me. It lit­er­ally feels like a big hug. Im­me­di­ately he was more cen­tred and calmed down; he just felt so much bet­ter.”

That oil that Kerr ca­su­ally ref­er­ences is part of her own nat­u­ral-skin­care line, Kora Or­gan­ics, just one project in a seem­ingly end­less list that the 33-year-old for­mer Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret An­gel has her hand in—from de­sign­ing china for Royal Al­bert to writ­ing a self-help book and, of course, her work fronting cam­paigns for the likes of Givenchy, Swarovski and, most re­cently, Joe Fresh. (And that’s the bold­face ca­reer news from 2016 alone—there’s a rea­son this woman is con­sis­tently on the Forbes list of high­est-earn­ing mod­els, pulling in a re­ported $7.8 mil­lion last year.)

But to hear Kerr tell it, in so many other re­spects she’s “just like us”: a work­ing mom (al­beit one who gets fol­lowed by pho­togs when she leaves work, as she was on the day of our cover shoot) go­ing about nor­mal life. When we catch up with her a few weeks later, our tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion is in­ter­rupted by Kerr giv­ing di­rec­tions to her as­sis­tant, who’s driv­ing them to Kerr’s favourite or­ganic su­per­mar­ket in Los An­ge­les, where she now lives. Their morn­ing has been a bit h

fran­tic since it’s the last day of preschool for Kerr’s son, Flynn, and ev­ery­one had for­got­ten that par­ents need to stay for the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony.

“And, sorry, the dog’s in the car and she’s a puppy and she’s jump­ing all over the place. It’s real life hap­pen­ing,” says Kerr, not sound­ing par­tic­u­larly stressed out. In fact, a sort of good-na­tured Zen is very much her MO. Ask her about the pres­sure of be­ing “the big name” on a set, like she was at the Joe Fresh shoot, and she shrugs it off. “I just go in there, do my thing, en­joy my­self and make sure ev­ery­one else is en­joy­ing them­selves.”

The jug­gling of work and par­ent­ing a five-year-old with her ex-hus­band, Or­lando Bloom, is sim­i­larly shrugged off. “The most im­por­tant thing is that when he has his time with me, we have qual­ity time to­gether, and when he’s with his dad, he has qual­ity time with him,” says Kerr. “And it works out re­ally well be­cause I book in my photo shoots for the time he’s with his dad, and the rest of the time I just get to be a mom.”

Her idea of a good time is equally laid- back: “Be­ing with my fam­ily, read­ing to Flynn, play­ing with him. We draw to­gether; we build blocks to­gether. I also love swing­ing on swings.” (She later tells us that most Sat­ur­day nights, you’ll find her do­ing the dishes af­ter tuck­ing Flynn into bed. She doesn’t men­tion it, but pre­sum­ably her fi­ancé, Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel, is some­where in the back­ground of that pretty do­mes­tic scene.) “I’m a home­body,” she says, hal­fapolo­get­i­cally. “Be­ing at home is the big­gest lux­ury to me. I can’t help it!” (She later con­fesses that the gro­cery store is her “happy place” and if she weren’t a model, she’d be a natur­opath.)

Kerr says she was “born a nat­u­rally pos­i­tive per­son. My mom used to call me a ‘gig­gling Gert’ be­cause I was al­ways laugh­ing, even in my sleep.” But it’s clear she also works hard to cul­ti­vate what she calls “a won­der­ful foun­da­tion for hap­pi­ness.”

“When Or­lando and I sep­a­rated [in 2013], I ac­tu­ally fell into a re­ally bad de­pres­sion,” she says. “I never un­der­stood the depth of that feel­ing or the re­al­ity of that be­cause I was nat­u­rally a very happy per­son.” What got Kerr through that time was learn­ing that “ev­ery thought you have af­fects your re­al­ity and only you have con­trol of your mind.”

En­ter twice-daily med­i­ta­tion and that oil men­tioned ear­lier. Kerr still keeps up the mind­ful prac­tice and has added yoga and healthy eat­ing. “And also, when I wake up and when I go to bed, I have that at­ti­tude of grat­i­tude and I say, ‘Thank you for this beau­ti­ful day, for this roof over my head, for the fact that I have my health and my son has his health, and thank you for our fam­ily.’”

And while she’s all about send­ing out those thank­ful vibes to the uni­verse, Kerr is ul­ti­mately a be­liever in self­suf­fi­ciency. “What I have found is that ev­ery­thing you need, all of the an­swers are deep in­side of you,” she preaches. “Sit with your­self, take a few breaths and get close to your spirit.”

If you’re think­ing that Kerr has an apho­rism for ev­ery oc­ca­sion, you’re not wrong. A teach­ing mo­ment is even at the heart of the tale of her “best sur­prise ever”: “For my birth­day last year, my boyfriend [now fi­ancé] put can­dles lead­ing down to the back of the gar­den, where he had planted a wil­low for me. That’s my favour­ite tree be­cause I have this phi­los­o­phy that we should all be like wil­low trees—peo­ple think that in a big storm, the oak is the strong­est tree, but it’s ac­tu­ally the wil­low tree be­cause it’s very, very flex­i­ble.”

Les­son learned, Mi­randa.

Cash­mere sweater, se­quined tank top, rayon and ny­lon pants and polyester sash worn as a choker (Joe Fresh), 18-karat-white-gold and di­a­mond ear­rings (Brady Le­gler), 18-karat-gold and di­a­mond ear cuff and 18-karat-gold and di­a­mond ring (Ana Khouri), 24-karat-gold-plated-me­tal and Swarovski-crys­tal bracelet, ster­ling-sil­ver­plated-me­tal and crys­tal bracelet, 24-karat-rosegold-plated-me­tal and Swarovski-crys­tal ring and 24-karat-gold-plated-me­tal, Swarovski-crys­tal and fresh­wa­ter-pearl ring (Vita Fede), crys­tal and rhodium bracelet (Swarovski) and suede and crys­tal pumps (Jimmy Choo). For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide. Fash­ion di­rec­tion, Ju­liana Schi­av­inatto; hair, Ken O’Rourke (Streeters); makeup, Lisa Storey (The Wall Group); man­i­cure, Rieko Okusa (Su­san Price NYC); styling as­sis­tants, Jil­lian Amos and Cherry Wang; pho­tog­ra­pher’s as­sis­tants, Bran­don Har­ri­son and Pa­trick McLain; hair as­sis­tants, Ja­cob Rozen­berg and Sean Ben­nett; makeup as­sis­tant, Ko­hei Do­moto; man­i­cure as­sis­tant, Ma­rina Iwakoshi

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