Miranda Kerr

With her gorgeous looks and easygoing nature, Australian model Miranda Kerr has taken the fashion world by storm in recent years, appearing in major campaigns and magazines the world over. "We love her because she has the most incredible girl-next-door look and she's also insanely beautiful," says one leading photographer about her appeal. "It means women are not intimidated by her looks and guys think they might be able to talk to her. It's a fantastic combination."

Of English, French and Scottish descent, Miranda May Kerr was born in Sydney on April 20, 1983 to parents Therese and John.

Raised in the small town of Gunnedah, New South Wales, 300 miles outside of Sydney, she later moved to Brisbane to experience city life along with mum and dad and her younger brother Matthew.

In 1997, aged 13 she won the annual Dolly magazine/Impulse Model Competition and was flown to Sydney to shoot for the magazine. The subsequent photos caused something of a media furore due to her young age.

After signing to the Chic Management agency in Sydney, the blue-eyed brunette found success in a series of beachwear ads for brands such as Billabong and relocated to New York.

There in early 2004 she joined the Next model agency and appeared in campaigns and on the runway for major labels such as Levi's, John Richmond and Roberto Cavalli, as well as in the pages of Elle and Harper's Bazaar.

But she really made her mark in the US in 2006 after signing a lucrative contract with Maybelline New York and featuring in a campaign that ran in several big international beauty magazines.

The success led her to become the first Australian Victoria's Secret Angel the following year, lining up alongside the likes of Alessandra Ambrosia, Adriana Lima and Heidi Klum for the famous lingerie firm.

Since then Miranda has become the face of many more brands, appeared on the covers of Harper's Bazaar, FHM, and GQ magazines, as well as in the 2010 Pirelli calendar.

Now one of the world's ten highest-earning models, she also has a superstar private life to match. She began dating Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom in late 2007 and in July 2010 announced they had secretly wed - with their first child, a son, arriving in January 2011.

The spiritual pair are both members of Soka Gakkai International, a worldwide Buddhist network which promotes peace, culture and education through personal transformation and social contribution.

She is also a keen supporter of environmental causes, and launched her own organic skincare line, called Kora, in Australia in October 2009.

But outside interests apart, Miranda's main focus remains her highly successful modelling career.

"I am focused on what I am doing and still feel like I have a lot to learn," she has said. "I always enjoy trying new things and exploring new opportunities, so we will just have to wait and see.''

"I believe to be successful at anything you have to give it a 100 per cent commitment and that is what I still do to this day."
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