Miranda Kerr Shares Her Street Style Secrets and Tells Us Why She Favors Flats

It's easy to be intimidated by supermodel Miranda Kerr: she's ridiculously gorgeous, has an equally attractive superstar hubby (Orlando Bloom, anyone?) and has managed to walk the fine line between runway model and swimsuit mannequin with ease. But from the second I set foot in her suite at New York's Carlyle Hotel for our interview, the brunette beauty immediately put me at ease.

"Sorry, just one second!" she apologized, heading for an impressive-looking lunch spread as I settled onto a couch. "I need some more of these yams!" After a few bites, she kicked off her coral Lanvin pumps and unzipped part of the back of her jewel-printed white minidress ("Camilla and Marc—they're Australian designers," she explained with pride). "Ah, that's better," she told me, sitting down beside me. "Look at us—all cozy at the Carlyle!"

In fact, Miranda places a surprisingly high premium on comfort, considering her line of work. Asked about her stellar street style—her day-to-day looks, in fact, are often even more covetable than her red carpet ensembles—the model says simply, "I'm quite tactile, so I like fabrics that feel good." Her role as a mom also comes into play when she's deciding what to wear. "I try to avoid fabrics that crease—especially with my son," she explains. "When you have a child, that's important. A great pair of a jeans, a t-shirt and some loafers, that's what I always wear. There's a leopard pair that I love, and I have a great pair of Givenchy flats that I wear all the time too." As for accessories? "I like experimenting with sunglasses and having fun with handbags," she says. "I do enjoy wearing a little heel when I'm at work, but when I'm running around with my son it's a different story!" A model who's Team Flats—you've gotta love that.

And while Miranda might wear exorbitantly expensive labels on the daily—she's regularly photographed in pieces from Stella McCartney, Isabel Marant and the aforementioned Givenchy—she's not above shopping the high street. She is the face of Mango, after all. "I just did a shoot with them—and everything that I wore for the shoot, I wanted to take home with me. And they were like, 'You can't! These are the samples!' There were some pieces I could see myself wearing to the park with Flynn—cool jeans, great jackets. Wardrobe essentials that you don't really need to spend a lot of money on. They've got this hat I've been wearing everywhere lately—a fedora with this really beautiful print on it. The print sort of makes it different."

Miranda's currently working with Gillette Venus to raise money for the Step Up Women's Network, a nonprofit devoting to helping girls from under-resourced communities prepare for college and build their careers. Given that she's the face (and the legs!) of Venus' Step Up & Step Out initiative, I couldn't resist asking her about one of girlhood's most awkward rites of passage: the first leg shave. "It wasn't that traumatizing for me, actually!" she explains. "I remember telling my mom 'I think I need to shave my legs'—I was about 12 and already had friends who were doing it. To be honest, I wasn't even that hairy, but everyone else was already shaving, so I figured it'd give me confidence." Oh, Miranda—if only that same self-assurance came as easily to us mere mortals.

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