Miranda Kerr is ‘traditional’: ‘Men feel important when you ask for their help’

Miranda Kerr is the cover girl/celebrity profile in this week’s issue of Net-a-porter’s online magazine, The Edit. You can read Miranda’s full interview here. I’m reminded yet again of how Miranda is a pretty girl with a nice figure, but beyond that she’s really not very interesting. She said one thing that kind of pissed me off, but even then… I kind of see where she’s coming from and at the end of the day, I don’t think I (or any woman) should look to Miranda Kerr to speak out on gender roles and feminism.

Her success: “I want to do good things with that voice. My ambition comes from my passion: finding what I love and then expanding on that.” She is not steering away from fashion entirely, she adds – she recently shot three editorials for British Vogue, Vogue Nippon and American Vogue. “I am really enjoying having a more active role in everything I am doing,” she says. “Being creatively involved, being strategic about the projects I take, making sure that they are in line with me and my brand.”

Miranda describes herself: “My character is just generally very joyful and very accepting. I always say to myself, ‘Be gentle with yourself, be gentle to others. Be kind to yourself, be kind to others.’”

On the paparazzi: “I would think, ‘OK, it is what it is, it’s fine, they are just doing their job’, and then it would get to the point where I would take my son to the park and they’d be knocking people over – it was disturbing not only my world, but everyone’s around me, too. I thought, ‘How are we going to live peacefully like this, when I can’t even go to the park with my son? Something’s got to change.’”

Being targeted by The Bling Ring: “The weird thing is that I am not attached to things: they come and they go. It could have been worse, that’s what I always say about everything. I mean, no one was hurt.”

Her marriage, her career, gender roles: “I think it is really important not to feel as a woman that you have to do and be everything. I am quite dominant in my career, so what really works for me when I come home, is to relax more into the feminine side. If you’re really an alpha female, you don’t allow [your partner] to have the space to feel like the man in the relationship. Maybe I am too traditional, but men feel important when you ask for their help, instead of thinking you can do it all on your own. My mistake in my relationships has been to feel that I can do it all on my own: I don’t need a man. That is definitely a mistake. Women generally want to feel loved and appreciated. It’s something that I am working on every day, trust me! It’s a challenge for me to do that.”

On being pushed out of Victoria’s Secret, only Kerr says she quit: “Ed [Razek, who has been casting the models for 15 years] and I are really good friends, and we both decided it was impractical for me to continue. I have such fond memories of working with them.”

In closing: “Now that I am a mother and have my own business, it is a good time. I am ready. And now… here I am!”

[From The Edit]

See what I’m saying about her discussion on gender roles in marriage and all of that? Like, I think I know what she’s saying – that women can’t “do it all” and that we need to expect our partners to help carry our load. Or is she saying that marriage is all about playing the submissive woman and playing to your man’s ego? Well, I don’t have any problem with saying that I personally don’t need a man (right now) and that I’m fine doing things on my own. And that many women are fine with doing things on their own and it doesn’t make them feel “less than” or whatever.

Photos courtesy of The Edit.
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