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Miranda Kerr Didn't Always Find Herself Beautiful

11/29/2011 at 03:00 PM ET

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Miranda Kerr remembers her first visit to a Victoria’s Secret store; she was 16, a foreign exchange student living in Virginia. “I was like, ‘Wow! This is like a wonderland. We don’t have anything like that in Australia,'” she recalls to New York magazine.

Several years later, she was blown away by the company again — but this time, it was because she was the first Australian model to get a contract with the brand. “I just remember the first time I met Adriana [Lima], she was so beautiful,” Kerr says. “I was like, ‘Why would they want me? I mean, look at her. She’s incredible.’ And then I met Heidi and Gisele and I was like, ‘What am I doing here?'”

Now one of the company’s most recognizable faces — and the model who has the honor of wearing the $2.5-million “Fantasy Treasure Bra” in tonight’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show — Kerr is more confident about her place in the fashion world.

“I always see myself as, like, equal to everyone,” she says of her fellow models. “I can’t feel bad about being who I am, just like the girl next to me can’t feel bad about being who she is. A rose can never be a sunflower, and a sunflower can never be a rose.”

In fact, Kerr hopes her attitude toward beauty resonates with her fans. “All flowers are beautiful in their own way, and that’s like women too,” she shares. “I want to encourage women to embrace their own uniqueness.”

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Traci on

I think Miranda’s absolutely gorgeous.

G is coming on

Now THIS is a role model.

Lucy on

i LOVE her!!!

Trudie on

She is hands-down the cutest and most gorgeous model, so down to earth, and has the cutest baby with one of the hottest guys! Lucky girl :)

APmomma on

Miranda is a wonderful role model. I love how she is also a positive advocate of attachment parenting as well: natural, med free child birth, breastfeeding and baby wearing to name a few. Love it!

JJ on

Bravo, Miranda!

Katie on

Love her outlook, and the flower metaphor is a great one. Both flowers are different, but both are beautiful.

flob on

I don’t find her attractive, but some people like sunflowers, and some like roses. Good for her for being confident!

Jan on

Dont think shes much to look at except for right up there funny looking.

RARA on

Oh please, if I looked like that I would be telling everyone they are beautiful on the outside and inside too. When you are gorgeous, you want to make people around you not feel as horrible as they do for not looking like you.

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