Miranda Kerr is born in Sydney, Australia, and raised in the small town of Gunnedah, New South Wales, where she enjoys racing motorbikes and riding horses on her grandmother's farm with her younger brother, Matthew. "It was a very grounding thing to grow up in the country where there wasn't any pretentiousness and no one really cared what you were wearing," she tells The Daily Telegraph. "You could just be you."
One of Kerr's friends sends her photos into a modeling contest for Dolly magazine; at just 13 years old, she's crowned the winner. "There was some stiff competition, but Miranda's photo was stunning. I've never forgotten it," judge Shonagh Walker tells The Daily Telegraph. The young teen and her family move to the bigger city of Brisbane, where Kerr finishes her studies and starts modeling for Australian swim and surfwear brand Billabong.
After gaining fashion fame in Australia and then Japan, Kerr moves to New York City, where she soon scores a contract with Maybelline cosmetics. "I'm trying to focus on my work and myself for once," she tells The Daily Telegraph of her rapid ascent.
In 2007, Kerr becomes the first Aussie to ever be named a Victoria's Secret Angel, filling Gisele Bündchen's vacated wings. Around the same time, the rising star is linked to British actor and fellow yogi Orlando Bloom, but remains mum about their relationship. Her professional life continues to "bloom," though; in October 2009, the healthy lifestyle advocate launches her own skincare line, Kora Organics.
It's definitely the summer of love for Bloom and Kerr: Soon after announcing their engagement, the lovebirds secretly marry in June 2010 – and one month after that, the model announces that she's expecting a baby! "For me, family is life," Kerr tells W magazine. "The decision to start one wasn't complex at all."
Kerr makes Aussie history as the first pregnant model to cover Vogue's Australian issue. Inside the magazine, Kerr, six months pregnant at the time of her photo shoot and interview, talks about her excitement over motherhood. "Every mother I've spoken to has said you cannot explain the profound feeling of love that comes over you as soon as the baby is born," she shares. "I'm really looking forward to that moment."
It's a boy! Kerr and Bloom welcome son Flynn Christopher Blanchard Copeland on Jan. 6, 2011. "We are so happy and are enjoying our time together as a family," Kerr writes on her Kora Organics website. "He is our little ray of sunshine. Thank you everyone for your beautiful well wishes and your lovely thoughts." She later reveals that her son was named in part for her high school boyfriend, Christopher Middlebrook, who died in a car accident as a teenager.
Two months after giving birth, Kerr gets back to work, hitting the catwalk for Balenciaga at Paris Fashion Week. "I felt a little nervous," she tells PEOPLE of the fashion show. "It was probably a good five months since I had worn high heels, but it was kind of like riding a bicycle." As she continues to work – and dote on her little guy – she's named number seven on Forbes's list of the highest-paid models of 2011-12, and earns the title of Esquire U.K.'s "Sexiest Woman Alive" in October 2012.
Kerr shocks fans in early 2013, confirming rumors that she and Victoria's Secret are parting ways. "I've been modeling since I was 13," she tells the Sydney Morning Herald. "I'm now entering a new phase in my life. I have felt this coming since my son was born and, after I became a mother, I realized I needed to prioritize my time. I've reached a point in my career where I'm developing my own opportunities that are really reflective of my passions." Victoria's Secret is supportive of its fallen Angel, inviting her to walk in the 2013 runway show regardless of the split.
After six years together, and three years of marriage, Kerr and Bloom announce they've separated. "Despite this being the end of their marriage, they love, support and respect each other as both parents of their son and as family," reads their joint statement, which follows earlier speculation the pair was headed for a split.
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