Miranda Kerr Interview

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I’m a fan of Aussie model Miranda Kerr. I think she’s a positive role model – who goes out of her way advocating health, fitness and organic living.  Best of all, she doesn’t look like Skeletor’s sister – and it helps that she’s always smiling.

She seems to possess it all – a super successful modelling career (first Australian model to join Victoria’s Secret), founder of her own skincare range Kora Organics, married to the gorgeous British actor Orlando Bloom, and mother to an adorable 18-month old baby boy named Flynn.  Oh, and of course a body to die for!

It’s no wonder she’s the new face of Reebok’s EasyTone footwear range. They certainly chose the best model to front their trainers. She’s an avid fitness freak and practices what she preaches. (I think she’s a lot better than British model Kelly Brook for this campaign)

“I like working out because it makes me feel good. I think that health is wealth.”

Women’s Fitness interviewed Mrs Bloom in this coming month’s August issue, and I had to share it with you guys. So, what are Miranda’s secrets to a great body? Read away…

Yoga & Pilates

It’d be tempting to put Miranda’s scorching hot figure down to good genes, but she works hard at keeping her curves in runway-ready shape.

“I try to do at least half an hour of yoga every day and then I add in pilates and some strength training with weights and resistance bands. I’m into strength and toning and get my cardio from walking.”

And she’s no newcomer to the fitness scene, either – Miranda’s had a long relationship with exercise.

“I was a gymnast when I was younger and I’ve always liked being active and conditioning my body.”

There’s no doubt workouts have played a huge role in sculpting Miranda’s trademark lithe limbs and toned abs, but the Victoria’s Secret model doesn’t workout solely for the body-beautiful benefits – it helps her deal with her busy workload, too.

“It can be a challenge, especially after travelling or if my schedule is hectic, but I think about how good I’m going to feel afterwards.

Working out keeps me mentally fit and positive, so I know I just have to get on and do it. It’s important to take care of yourself, because then you can perform at your optimum.”

Healthy Habits

Unlike many stars in the spotlight, Miranda isn’t a fan of fad diets and takes a realistic approach to nutrition, eating everything in moderation.

“I think that life is about a balance and it’s really important to not deprive yourself of something because if you do, you crave it even more.”

Her super healthy attitude is based on her practical knowledge of food:

“I studied nutrition so I’m a certified health coach. I’m licensed to teach people about healthy eating habits and what not to eat.

I love food that’s full of life; raw and organic.”

A world away from the cliché of a starving model, it’s clear that food is one of the joys of Miranda’s life.

“I love to have people over to the house and cook for them and have dinner parties. I cook anything – fish, a roast- it really depends on who’s coming and what they feel like and what my husband feels like eating.”

A devotee of exotic foods, she also piles her plate with antioxidant rich fruit.

“There are so many superfoods which are amazing – coconut, blueberries, noni. We have a vegetable patch in Los Angeles, so I pick veggies from there. I also love kale, spinach, fennel, avocado – I like to eat clean.”

Model Spotlight: Miranda Kerr

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“It’s sad to see anyone neglecting their body – no matter who they are and what they do. You simply cannot be healthy or look great on the outside if you’re not healthy on the inside.” 

Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr is always in the media – whether giving interviews, modelling or getting snapped by intrusive paparazzi. The Aussie model who’s married to actor Orlando Bloom thoroughly enjoys speaking about nutrition and superfoods. It’s no wonder she’s developed an obsession with health. The mother of one studied health and nutrition for 18 months at the Academy of Natural Living in Cairns.

 “I studied nutrition, so I’m a certified health coach. I’m licensed to teach people about healthy eating habits and what not to eat. I love food that’s full of life; raw and organic.” 

Miranda opens up with Rihiannon Sawyer about the staples on her grocery list.

Cacao Powder

Miranda says: “This is one of the best sources of muscle-relaxing, stress-relieving magnesium. I often use cacao powder in shakes.” Cacao is also rich in amino acids, beta-carotene, zinc and iron.

Raw dark chocolate

Miranda says: “This is my weakness. It’s rich in antioxidants though, and I’m happy to remind myself of that!”
Aside from its antioxidant benefits, raw dark chocolate is lower in fat than milk chocolate.

Sweet potatoes

Miranda says: “My son Flynn loves these as much as I do! They can be grilled, mashed and roasted.”
Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A and low-GI, and also provide fibre and a third of your daily required amount of vitamin C.

Maca root powder

Miranda says: “Rich in amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and trace elements, it’s great to mix into smoothies, yoghurt, cereal, oatmeal or muesli.”

Certified organic coconut palm sugar

Miranda says: “This is a great substitute for regular white sugar, as it’s low-GI.”  An unbleached sugar alternative harvested from the coconut tree blossom.  It is low GI so reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Liquid chlorophyll

Miranda says: “I add this to my water most days. It is naturally alkaline and contains vitamins, minerals and amino acids.”
Chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants that is formed from sunlight and early research suggests it may help protect the body from the damaging effects of too much red meat.

Coconut Water

Packed with electrolytes, coconut water is being billed as a powerful natural hydrator. While more research is needed into its health benefits, it is an undeniable source of vitamins C and B, protein, calcium, iron and zinc. It has very little sugar and zero fat.

Chia oil

Miranda says: “I use this or chia seeds in shakes. They’re also great for thickening a healthy muffin mix.”
Chia is rich in antioxidants and omega-3. As it has little taste, the oil  can be added to food or used in baking while the seeds are sprinkled on cereals.

Goji berries

Miranda says: “A great snack between meals, goji berries are rich in antioxidants and are said to have more
vitamin C than oranges.” These berries have been part of traditional Asian medicine for centuries.

Raw honey

Miranda says: “It’s 100 per cent natural and deliciously sweet.”
Research shows honey may have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a healthier alternative to cane sugar.

Tamari almonds

Miranda says: “I rarely leave the house without a small bag of these. They’re the perfect snack while I am on the road and I can never get enough.” Almonds are high in fibre, low-GI and a source of vitamin E, magnesium and riboflavin.

Organic wine

If you’re attempting a completely organic diet and can’t part with the odd drop, Miranda recommends investigating the new crop of organic wines, many of which are also biodynamic and vegan-friendly.

Acai berry powder

Miranda says: “I sprinkle it on my porridge, gluten-free cereal or smoothie.” Acai berries are a rich source of antioxidants and the powder is easily added to foods.

Dulse leaf and wakame seaweeds

Miranda says: “I snack on these throughout the day and also put wakame in soups as it is nutritious and tasty.”
Seaweed is rich in omega-3, iron and calcium and the red dulse variety is also very high in protein.

Noni juice

Miranda says: “This is my worst-kept beauty secret. I drink it daily and noni extract is part of my Kora Organics range. It aids the immune system because of the number of vitamins and minerals it contains.” Noni juice is high in vitamin C and potassium and may have antibacterial properties.

Miranda and her son Flynn

 

Husband Orlando Bloom is a real hands-on dad – always carrying their baby Flynn around.

 

How to Conceal Blemishes by Rae Morris

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Like it or not, blemishes show up uninvited and like to spread their tentacles onto our skin.  A-listers like Miley Cyrus, Jessica Simpson, Katy Perry, Cameron Diaz, Megan Fox and Britney Spears all suffer from these pesky fiends.  Let’s face it,  we’ve all struggled with spots at one stage in our lives.  Unfortunately, some more than others.

However, international fashion makeup artist Rae Morris shows us how to kick those pesky spots off their thrones.  Why should we trust her?  Well, she’s worked her magic on celebrities like Naomi Campbell, Cate Blanchett, Miranda Kerr, Jessica Biel and Jackie O – just to name a few.

Most important of all, she’s been doing this for over 18 years.  This lady knows what she’s talking about!

CONCEALING BLEMISHES

Things that don’t work include

  • Using toothpaste to dry out pimples.  Fluoride can actually make pimples worse (straight from the mouth of a dermatologist).
  • Breaking open vitamin E capsules, extracting the oil and applying it to the skin for healing. Vitamin E oil has been proven to cause dermatitis.
  • Having facials where they use a lot of oil and massage — an absolute no-no for blemished skin.
  • Using extreme drying products such as PURE alcohol. I have even been told that methylated spirits does the job — not true! You will only end up with huge burns that take weeks to heal.

Things that DO work

  • One of my favourite remedies is drowning the blemish in whitening or red-reducing eye drops. Leave for as long as you can and rinse off before applying makeup. The only eye drops you can’t use are ones that are tinted blue. I’ve learnt this the had way — it takes away the redness all right, and leaves you with a whopping dark-blue bruise type circle that will last at least a day.
  • After extracting a volcanic whitehead, apply hydrogen peroxide (7-10% is the best strength) immediately. If you apply this twice on the first day the whitehead appears, it will sterilise the area to prevent further infection, reduce inflammation and stop the oil oozing out after extraction.  Apply gently with a cotton bud for 10 seconds then wash off.

Step-by-step process to concealing blemishes

(in consultation with Dr Peter Dixon M.B. B.S. F.R.A.C.S.)
  1. Cleanse the skin. My favourite trick is to mix bicarb of soda with a water-based cleanser (Cetaphil is my pick). This gives the most amazing exfoliation and is great for getting rid of the crusty dryness around the T-zone area, especially the nose.  Treat it like you would a normal exfoliant and use only once a week.  Just don’t use this if you are already using an exfoliating product like retinol, Stieva-A, AHA or BHA and, particularly if you are on any acne medication.
  2. Tone if you want.  But, as a rule, I think toners are overrated and, guess what, contrary to what you might think, they can’t close pores.  Toners have a slightly different formula that rids the skin of excess oils, which is necessary for oily skin, but rarely needed on drier skin.  I use them when the skin has already been cleansed but is still oiled up and also on women who come to me after a long day at work en route to a social function, or on young girls on their way to a formal occasion when I don’t have the time or the facilities to carry out the normal cleansing process.  (You can also use alcohol-free baby wipes for these situations).
  3. Water-based moisturiser or a makeup primer.  Don’t get sucked into applying rich lotions for this, that and the other before applying foundation because the foundation will just float on the skin and you want it to be absorbed into the skin. I have never known a top makeup artist to use more than one product before applying foundation. Trust me — I know! So when should you use a moisturiser? Always in dry skin conditions, but use a light, oil-free type.   To protect the skin in harsh conditions, use a moisturiser under a sunscreen but wash both off when you get home.  You should also use one when travelling for long hours in airplanes, as they have a very dry atmosphere. The best time to moisturise is in the evening after you have cleansed the face and waited an hour if the skin is irritable. You can then apply a light moisturiser.  The skin surface becomes damaged during the day and requires repairing, and it does this while we sleep. (Note: as the eyelids do not exfoliate naturally like the rest of the face, they have a thin skin and eye creams are nice to apply, but again, remember that oils are only protective and not absorbed by the skin).
  4. Apply foundation.  You should not use concealer before you apply foundation because, one, it would be a waste of time as the act of applying foundation will remove the concealer, and also, you would end up using too much coverage as most foundations will actually cover 50% of your blemish. Only after you’ve applied foundation should you apply the concealer to any areas which require it.

Types of foundation to use for concealing blemished skin

Only use two types of foundation.  

  1. Water-based. The first is water-based because it rarely causes any reactions and it gives a great finish. All skin types can use it (especially acne prone skin) and it comes in different levels of coverage.
  2. Grease-based. Yes, I said grease… not to be mistaken for oil-based.
Think of grease-based foundations as having the same texture as lipstick. It’s not a pool of slime, it’s more like wax. The reason I love it (and use it 80% of the time) is that its formula is similar to the moisture that the skin produces, so it blends well and looks and feels just like normal skin.  Also, the big catch is that as your foundation starts to wear off or as your skin gets blotchy or tired-looking, you can just massage it right back into place or, if needed, apply more. This is the one thing that is difficult with other foundations. For example, anything ‘cream to powder’ can be great in short term, but if your skin is oily or you need to retouch your makeup, you really need to remove it completely and start again.
Check out Rae Morris’ book Makeup, The Ultimate Guide