For­mer an­gel lights up X’mas tree in Shang­hai

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By XU JUNQIAN in Shang­hai

xu­jun­qian@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Wear­ing a red caped dress and thigh-high boots, for­mer Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret An­gel Mi­randa Kerr lit up what she said is “the most beau­ti­ful Christ­mas tree she has ever seen in her life” dur­ing a Swarovski event in Shang­hai on Dec 7.

Lo­cated in the cen­ter of lux­ury shop­ping mall Grand Gate­way 66 in down­town Shang­hai, the 12.8-me­ter-tall struc­ture is made up of over­sized Swarovski gift boxes stacked upon one an­other to re­sem­ble the shape of Christ­mas tree. Dis­played in some of th­ese boxes were repli­cas of jew­elry pieces Kerr had de­signed for the brand.

“This is like the best sur­prise ever,” said Kerr, who has been the brand am­bas­sador for Swarovski since 2013. “The de­sign process has been very fun and it is re­ward­ing to be in­volved in ev­ery as­pect of it.”

Kerr was pre­sented with the op­por­tu­nity to flex her cre­ative mus­cles for the cen­tury-old crys­tal house when the brand dis­cov­ered that their in­ter­na­tional de­sign team was “miss­ing some­one from Aus­tralia”. Swarovski has part­nered many

Mi­randa Kerr,

ac­claimed fash­ion de­sign­ers and artists from around the world be­fore, in­clud­ing fash­ion leg­ends such as Karl Lager­feld and Jean Paul Gaultier.

The Sydney-born model’s glit­ter­ing ca­reer with Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret came to an end in 2013 when the fash­ion la­bel re­port­edly chose not to re­new her $1 mil­lion, three-year-con­tract. Re­gard­less, Kerr’s fash­ion ca­reer has con­tin­ued to gain mo­men­tum over the years, hav­ing ap­peared on scores of fash­ion mag­a­zine cov­ers and even tak­ing over Gisele Bund­chen as the face of fast fash­ion chain H&M in 2014.

Kerr is one of the most ac­tive and fol­lowed mod­els on so­cial me­dia, boast­ing 7.4 mil­lion fans on Face­book, 7 mil­lion on In­sta­gram and 4 mil­lion on Twit­ter. With es­ti­mated earn­ings of $5.5 mil­lion, she was ranked as the world’s sixth rich­est model by Forbes this year.

Be­sides Swarovski, Kerr is also the global brand am­bas­sador for Unilever’s Clear Hair prod­ucts. Hav­ing stud­ied nu­tri­tion and health psy­chol­ogy, the 32-year-old Aus­tralian runs her own or­ganic skin­care prod­uct line, Kora Or­gan­ics, which was es­tab­lished in 2009.

“I have learned that jet­lag is real,” she said, when asked about the im­por­tant things she has learned af­ter her il­lus­tri­ous mod­el­ing ca­reer that started when she was just 13. “I have definitely learned from this ca­reer to not take any­thing per­son­ally, like re­jec­tion.”

Kerr said that she was go­ing to spend Christ­mas with her two-year-old son, Flynn, and her big fam­ily of 31 mem­bers in Aus­tralia. But in­stead of in­dulging in a big feast, she will be stick­ing to her or­ganic roasted veg­etable diet, al­beit with “a lit­tle bit of chicken and gravy”.

I have definitely learned from this ca­reer to not take any­thing per­son­ally, like re­jec­tion.”

su­per model

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Mi­randa Kerr has played a key role in the de­sign of sev­eral Swarovski creations.

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