Last week I was was invited to Crown Towers in Melbourne for a 20-minutes one-on-one interview with Miranda Kerr. First thought: I better wash my hair/iron my shirt that day.
On this particular morning she's running a bit late. A suited security guard is pacing the hallway out the front of her private suite and when we enter the (absolutely massive) hotel room she's flanked by managers, publicists and make-up artists.
Obviously, she's phenomenally beautiful. I feel the odd need to avert my gaze from her face, as it's a bit like looking at the sun. So, eyes firmly fixed on my notebook, we kick things off as soon as Kerr has downed the Noni juice she is so fond of.
Read any interview with Kerr and you'll soon learn she's very good at promoting the Miranda brand. The conversation is punctuated with mentions of her Kora Organics beauty line and she understands the power of self-promotion via social media, having 1 million + followers on Instagram.
This particular day is no different. We've been invited to speak to Mrs Bloom by the people at Clear Scalp and Hair Beauty Therapy* (she is a brand ambassador for the range), so we had to keep the questions on a bit of a beauty track.
But the promo spiel is tempered by a friendly nature. At the end of the interview we take a happy snap on my phone, which she promptly crops, filters and posts to my Instagram account. Now if she could just transcribe the interview for me ...
How did you come to work with the Clear Scalp and Hair Beauty Therapy Range?
They approached me a while back, and I trialled the product for a good month. I noticed that it was giving me the results that I was looking for in a shampoo and conditioner. What I like about it is that it's very light-weight, but it still gives my hair the nourishment that I need.
What’s the one fail-safe thing that every woman can do make-up wise to look great?
I think add a little colour to the lip – a colour that suits your individual skin-tone. I really feel that if you find that right shade, whether it’s red or a berry that works for you, it can really uplift your whole face even if you don’t have any other makeup on. If I’m at home, I’ll generally put on my tinted moisturiser (from my own skin-care line, a certified organic skin-care range called Kora Organics), a little lip and that will be it. I don’t think you really need anything else.
What does your beauty/skin-care routine look like?
I cleanse, tone and moisturise every morning and night. I’ll exfoliate every couple of days. At the moment I’m loving the hydrating mask because of all my travelling. And the eye gel is amazing. I wash my hair every two to three days with Clear, obviously.
My favourite Kora product is the foot balm. Because I’m in heels all the time the foot balm is so soothing on my feet. I mean, it’s really a product I created for myself because not everyone has to be in heels all day. But it’s a little luxury, you know? You can have your partner massage your feet. I’m really lucky because Orlando is really sweet and he likes to massage my feet.
I created this skin-care line because it was something I was personally looking for. I spent years testing the products and developing them. And then I noticed that they really made a difference to my skin, and they were certified organic. I’m really proud of what I’ve created. We get testimonials on a daily basis. It really heart-warming to hear about the results and know that you’ve helped someone with their confidence through helping them achieve clear skin. All the products have been infused through rose quartz to give that vibration of love, so you feel nurtured when you’re using them.
What’s the one beauty trick that you swear by?
Rosehip oil at night on the face, and for hair, the Clear hair mask at least once a week. You can leave it on and then go and do something else – you might go and do the cooking and then wash it off later. You can leave it on for just five minutes or a little longer – I leave it on a little longer as my hair gets a lot of wear and tear from all the styling with my job.
I also really like head massage. It’s really great to improve the circulation and I think it does wonders for your hair. Another tip nutritionally speaking is eating healthy fats. I’m a big advocate for cooking in coconut oil and eating sunflower seeds and avocado – all the good fats, that people are scared of but actually it’s good fats. It makes your hair shine and your skin glow.
I’ve always said life is about a balance. I’m living and working every day in an industry where I’m not living the hippy lifestyle, I’m living the lifestyle of travelling around and I love to be able to embrace that side, so I guess what I’m saying is I’m all about the 80/20 rule. Eighty per cent is organic and natural, and 20 per cent is indulgent. Using Clear is a part of that 20 per cent indulgent, as I haven’t found an organic hair care product that delivers the results I need. And obviously for my job I need a haircare line that delivers results. I’m really lucky that I created a line of skincare that delivers the results and is certified organic.
Is there any part of your beauty routine (eg getting your eyebrows plucked etc) that you absolutely can’t stand?
I’ve been doing this since I was 13 ... I’ll be 30 this year in April. So I’ve kind of become accustomed to it all. You really get used to people being in your personal space. So much so that I can be writing emails while I’m getting my hair and makeup done. It’s a bit of a juggling act. Luckily you really adapt to having people in your personal space so you can multi-task at the same time.
What is your exercise regime like these days?
It’s pretty punishing, especially when I’m in LA and New York. I do pilates and resistance training. I have a pilates teacher who used to be a ballerina. She’s pretty strict with me, but that’s the way you get results. And I’ve been practicing yoga for a long time. I just incorporate it into my day. Whether it’s a few sun salutations in the morning, or a downward dog or a headstand, it’s just something that is part of my life. I also love just being active with my son (Flynn, who is 2 years old), just going for walks with him is something I really enjoy. Another thing I love to do is put on the music and dance with my son. We both get so much out of it. It’s a great way to exercise at home.
What’s his favourite dance move?
Oh, he has his own dance move. It’s called The Flynn. *Kerr gets up from the couch, throws her head forward and thrusts her arms backwards*. I don’t know where he got it from. He’ll be dancing with me and he has this little shoulder move, and then all of a sudden he breaks into The Flynn.
He also has a little mini piano which he loves to play around on. He’s also learning French. Orlando speaks a little French. The other day I walked into the kitchen and he said “Bonjour maman” and I said “Ca va?” and he said “Yep, I’m good”. At 2. It’s crazy. He can interact so well. I guess I’m just a proud mother.
Would you ever consider plastic surgery or botox?
It’s a really hard question, because for now, I’m just coming up to 30 and I’ve been really fortunate that I have great skin – maybe it’s Kora Organics, I don’t know. You look at people like Audrey Hepburn who aged so gracefully. I think she was the one who said something about embracing the mind ... there’s some famous quote ... I don’t know. And I look at my grandma and she has her wrinkles, but she also has her rosy cheeks and still has a little twinkle in her eye and I just think she’s gorgeous. So it’s hard to say a definite yes or a no, you just have to wait and see. It’s really up to the individual. I’m not for or against it. I’m pretty neutral.
* When it comes to hair care, women have been treating the ‘wrong end of hair’ for years – the ends. As Clear Scalp and Hair Beauty Therapy discovered, 99 percent of hair’s natural strength and beauty comes from the scalp. The Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy range nourishes the scalp for strong, beautiful hair. More info here.