Miranda Kerr: Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive

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When we declared Miranda Kerr was Esquire UK’s Sexiest Woman Alive at the end of 2012, it seemed the best way to celebrate was to have the 29-year-old supermodel grace the over of our December issue.

It’s easy to see why she won. Since 2007, Kerr has been one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels, the bevvy of inhumanely attractive women – including Adrianna Lima and Candice Swanepoel.

In 2011, she made headlines modelling their Fantasy Treasure Bra, a $2.5million feat of engineering, encrusted with 3,400 precious stones and a bejewelled bivalve. The result – Miranda Kerr was transformed into Botticelli’s Venus, rising from the waves.

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Miranda Kerr is naturally beautiful, but has a particular kind of oh-boy gorgeousness that is devastating to guys but makes women sigh a little, too.

Not only is Kerr incredibly grounded (she is completely in charge during the shoot; changing the set-ups, explaining how she’d like the lighting to look and deleting any unprofessional photos post-shoot), but she’s a force to be reckoned with.

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Miranda runs her own organic skincare brand, KORA Organics, and is both the face and the brains of the operation.

The company has 21 products sold in 180 countries, and now employs both her parents, her brother, her uncle and her aunts.

“They’re very efficient,” she says. “I wouldn’t have them working for me if they weren’t.” Somehow, you know she means it.

There are two more significant members of Team Kerr. In 2010, she married the British actor Orlando Bloom, who  re-inhabited the Silvan Woodland Realm as Legolas in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.

Bloom, she says, endured six months of friend status before he was permitted his first kiss. “He was very persistent,” she admits.

They have a son, Flynn, born in January 2011. Flynn’s entrance into the world was more dramatic than his mother’s; at the very time Kerr was giving birth, her grandparents’ farm was hit by lightning and completely destroyed.

“It struck right in the middle of her grand piano that had been in our family for generations,” says Kerr.

It all helps build the picture of a clean-living, wholesome, family-oriented girl who just so happens to have a body that can make men lose their minds (and their jobs, as nearly happened in 2010 when an Australian banker whose computer screen happened to be facing cameras during a news broadcast about interest rates could be seen clicking between charts and pictures of Kerr in her smalls; she signed a petition that stopped him getting fired: “I felt sorry for the guy,” she says).

She’s aware of this, of course. Miranda Kerr knows exactly how she wants to come across, and she nails it every time, right down to her anecdotes. Of her country girl origins, she says, “I really feel that my body craves to be in the mountains or by the ocean or in the countryside. I still like to climb the odd tree.”

Really? Even now? “Yeah, it’s fun! I like to climb. I find it very rewarding. You feel like you’re going somewhere. I don’t like abseiling though. I don’t like going down. I like going up.”Sounds like a useful metaphor for life, right? “It is though! I got stuck up a tree when I was about seven, and my dad had to come and get the ladder to get me down. I loved to climb all the way up to the top. I must have been a koala in my past life.”

That’s Miranda Kerr for you: supermodel, superwoman, and one of reincarnation’s greatest triumphs. Truly a reason to believe.

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