Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Miranda de Saint-Exupéry?

backstage @ victoria's secret 2007/cbs

We know that God works in mysterious ways. And apparently some of them are courtesy Victoria’s Secret. Yep, as we gear up for the world’s biggest brassiere-fest on November 15, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show - and as one of its stars, homegrown Miranda Kerr, wings her way to Oz to put in a David Jones marquee appearance at Saturday’s Caulfield Cup - the Victoria’s Secret Angel has been hard at work administering some inspirational quotations to her flock of fans. Nice to see that Kerr takes an equal opportunity approach to quotation – even if she occasionally neglects citation.

On the Miranda Kerr section of the Fashion Model Talk web forum (via TFS), appears a discussion thread dedicated to Kerr’s postings.

One assumes these are genuine Kerr postings because the thread also happens to be linked to what looks to be the official Miranda Kerr website.

Kerr has been providing fans with a few headsups about her various activities – and likes to close each post with what she describes as some of her favourite quotes.

These include, on June 11, Rudyard Kipling’s:

"People say we are all seeking the meaning of life.... I think what we are really seeking is the experience of really being alive".

And on July 7, from peace activist Marianne Williamson:
"Our fear is not that we are inadequate, our fear is that we are more powerful than beyond belief, it is our light not our darkness that frightens us”.

The origins of some of Kerr’s other signoff quotes are however not quite so clear cut.

On May 8, Kerr left her readers with the unattributed gem:

"It is nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice".

Upon some digging, frockwriter estimates the quote is the work of the late investment analyst and philanthropist John Templeton.

Also unattributed is this quote from October 8:

"It is only with our hearts and souls not our eyes that we can see our way clearly".

Frockwriter would put money on this being a Kerr-ific interpretation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s famous line from Le Petit Prince:

“It is only with the heart that one may see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye”.

And not forgetting, on May 14, the lovely, but sadly similarly unattributed:

"In order to see a rainbow, at first a little rain must fall".

Frockwriter looked high and low for the origins of the latter gem – assuming for a nanosecond that it may in fact have been a genuine Kerr-ism.

Upon further investigation however, we do believe it may be a version of the following widely-circulated quote:

“If you want the rainbow sometimes you gotta put up with the rain”

Which is believed to hail from the erudite teachings of Dolly Parton.


carta said...

this is interesting...

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