13 February 2009

Miranda Kerr, b 1983, Australia

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  1. At age thirteen, Kerr entered and won the 1997 annual Dolly Magazine/Impulse Model Competition. She was flown to Sydney a week before her fourteenth birthday to shoot for the magazine. Upon Kerr's win, local media expressed "concerned outrage" at her young age. The controversy raised concerns about the glorification of young girls within the fashion, beauty, and entertainment industries. Some conservative media outlets claimed her Dolly shoot (including images of a fourteen-year-old Kerr in bathing suits) constituted a form of child pornography. Of the press, Kerr said: "In the media at the time they were trying to cling on to anything remotely to do with pedophilia. Dolly is a magazine for teenage girls, not for old men. And I was fully clothed! Doing a winter shoot! They just made something out of nothing."

    Kerr suffered emotional distress following the death of her high-school boyfriend during her final year of schooling.

    In 2006, Kerr broke into the United States market when she signed a lucrative cosmetics contract with Maybelline New York.

    Following her success with Maybelline, Kerr became the first Australian model to be offered a contract with Victoria's Secret

    Kerr (along with several other Victoria's Secret and Next agency models) was featured in a music video for American hip-hop artists Kanye West and Pharrell' single Number One.

    She has also become the new face of Clinique Happy, and signed a lucrative six-figure deal to be the new face of Australian department store David Jones, replacing model Megan Gale.

    Kerr's model trademark is her dimples.

    Celebrity photographer Russell James said of Kerr, "The US has fallen in love with her. We love her because she has the most incredible girl-next-door look and she's also insanely beautiful. 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 ... people want to be around her; she's fun on a shoot … and she's not stupid, which can be a very annoying trait among some models."

    In 2003, Kerr began dating finance broker Adrian Camilleri. Following an Australian Securities and Investments Commission investigation, Camilleri was found guilty on five counts of fraudulent behaviour spanning between February 2003 to February 2004. Kerr subsequently ended the relationship. 2007 reports claim Kerr suffered financially "after taking her boyfriend's financial advice" but chose not to take legal action.

    Kerr practices Nichiren Buddhism — a Japanese branch of the Buddhist religion — and believes "we have a responsibility to bring peace and harmony to our lives and the world."

    In late 2007, Kerr began dating actor (and fellow practicing Buddhist) Orlando Bloom.