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Miranda Is Home: A Letter From Our Editor
It had to be her. Our homegrown issue was always going to need someone who would help us celebrate our roots and we chose Miranda. Why? Well, she’s mega, obviously, but besides the attributes that have made her one of world’s most recognised supermodels, it’s her story that shows her as a shining example of what we breed in the antipodes.
She grew up in the farming town of Gunnedah. A place where fun was had on horseback or at the local tennis courts and anything worth celebrating was done so with a sausage sizzle. Breaking rules meant being picked up from school on Friday and being allowed a Paddle Pop or Callipo from the general store and fashion didn’t exist past a well-worn pair of RM Williams boots.
A modelling competition led her to Billabong, then to Balenciaga and far beyond. Of course I don’t need to tell you what she’s done but I can vouch it’s been quite some ride. I grew up in a small country town just 100 kilometres from where she lived and know that when you’re sitting in Paris at a runway show (let alone walking in it), you can’t help but wonder how in the world you got there and how far you are from where you began.
You may call what we’re celebrating in these pages unashamedly patriotic, the antithesis of a cultural cringe, but we are proud to share what our home has to offer. Our world beyond Vegemite and other such clichés: a great southern land rich with talent and the best of everything, a base that fosters a global mindset, an adventuring spirit and arms us with a penchant for being ‘on roam’. What is it about Aussies? The ‘no guts, no glory approach’ to life, the irreverence, the way we stick together? Perhaps it’s our geographical isolation that makes us all the more hungry and sets us in hot pursuit of what lies beyond the wild frontier. It’s hard to know if we are brave or just a little crazy.
We want the whole world or nothing and if something gets in our way, like Miranda says, “no worries”, we push on.
We dedicate this issue with respect to everyone who has been, at some point, touched by the land Down Under.