Miranda Kerr had a ‘leech facial’ & she brought the leeches home afterwards

Over the weekend, Gwyneth Paltrow hosted her In Goop Health Summit, which was basically everything that you would think it would be. The reviews and first-hand stories about the event are really funny. Sarah at LaineyGossip talked about the crystal therapy (wherein you have to buy hundreds of dollars worth of crystals), IVs for people too lazy to drink water, and other hokey bad science for rich white women. The summit also involved guest speakers like Cameron Diaz and… Miranda Kerr. I understand why Kerr is there – she’s shilling for her organic beauty line, because her consumers are the same as Gwyneth’s. Her consumers are the kinds of women who will try “leech facials”… and save the leeches.

There’s no beauty trick too adventurous for Miranda Kerr. The 34-year-old model joined Gwyneth Paltrow for a star-studded panel at actress’ In Goop Health summit in Culver City, California, on Saturday and opened up about trying leech therapy.

“I’ve had a leech facial,” Kerr said, noting that she enlisted the help of the leeches for her tailbone as well. “I kept the leeches, they’re in my koi pond. You’re not allowed to reuse them and if you don’t take them home then she kills them and I didn’t like that idea.”

Paltrow, 44, who is no stranger to trying unconventional beauty treatments herself, remarked: “Wow! I thought I was bats— crazy!”

“It’s adventurous,” Kerr replied. “Health is wealth. They’ve been doing leech therapy for thousands of years.”

Although Kerr said she’s a big fan of Paltrow’s lifestyle brand — “I’ve tried every GOOP thing and more” — Kerr boasts a beauty powerhouse of her own: KORA Organics. She launched the organic skin-care line in 2009, according to Vanity Fair. The Australian model is big on wellness, and said that she and her new husband Evan Spiegel even kicked off their wedding day with yoga.

“Something that has been really powerful for me is Kundalini yoga,” Kerr said. “It’s a different type of yoga and it includes a lot of breath work and chanting and meditation. It energetically invigorates me. Without that, I don’t know that I’d be able to do everything that I do. Everyone has a different thing that fulfills [them] … If you find what works for you as an individual, make sure you do those things.”

[From People]

You know why people used leeches for “thousands of years”? Because they didn’t have penicillin. They didn’t have antibiotics. They didn’t have Sudafed. Two hundred years ago, if you had any kind of illness, they would just throw some leeches on you and hope that the leeches would draw out the sickness. And now, in 2017, model/trophy wives talk about leech facials like OF COURSE leech facials are the answer to all of your skincare needs. JUST WASH YOUR FACE.

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  1. CariBean says:


  2. Birdix says:

    If only Nellie Olsen had realized Laura was treating her to a spa experience in Plum Creek!

  3. Pumpkin Pie says:

    I am pretty sure that if leeches were hailed as a miracle treatment for the ‘gina, there are women like we know who, who would try it.

  4. RBC says:

    Maybe Miranda is hoping she can train the leeches to suck money out of her new billionaire husband’s bank accounts?
    And won’t the koi just latch on to the poor koi fish in her pond?

    • Erinn says:

      I’d imagine they’d attack the fish – though I also assume some fish would eat leaches. We have a very deep pond of self-managing goldfish that came with our house, and an aquarium in the house that’s finally cycled after a month and holy hell is that aquarium complicated. And I don’t even have ‘fancy’ fish. I just have hardy things like Danios and cory catfish.

      But here I’ve been freaking out over leeches for years – and I pretty much never go into a lake anymore. Clearly, I should have been scooping them up and sticking them on my face.

      • swak says:

        So, I had to look it up and here is what I found about predators and leeches:
        Fish love to gobble down leeches. A healthy fish population will, in most cases, keep leech numbers under control. Among game and lake fish, red ear sunfish do a great job of eating these worms. Other natural leech predators include turtles, crayfish and water fowl.

      • Erinn says:

        Haha – I considered looking it up, swak, but they give me the chills. I also found a tick on my leg that the dog brought in the other day and just about lost it. I don’t do well with bugs/leeches/creepy crawlies.

      • swak says:

        I have a creek behind us and the grandkiddos every once in a while have to pull one off of them – not often. But the creek is full of crawfish, ducks (that come back every year and have babies – so cute), muscrats, foxes, even a white heron once in a while. So they are kept in check.

  5. Snazzy says:

    Yes, they used leeches and bleeding, but that is why so many people died !! I mean COME ON

  6. Magnoliarose says:

    Ok I like natural and all but leeches are insane. They use them for heart ailments sometimes now but that makes sense. Draw blood and blood pressure and all that but what can it do for a face? I need my blood in my head.
    The funny thing is with all these outlandish treatments these women do they don’t look any better than a lot of people I know. My mother does the basics and maybe a facial when she feels like it but looks nowhere near her age. No surgery. No lasers. No botox. No freaking leeches.

    • Cannibell says:

      Back in my reporter days, I interviewed a doctor who was using them very selectively. There is something in them that helps speed healing in certain situations. I don’t remember the particulars (it was the mid 1990s), with one glaring exception – the leeches were Fed-Exed!

    • Pumpkin Pie says:

      “What can they do for a face?”

      Very good question. I think the leeches would get sick if those faces are plumped up with fillers, which might be the case. Sorry for the leeches!

  7. Pedro45 says:

    More like “Wealth is health”, especially if the Senate passes their secret health bill.
    Also, Miranda? Leech facials aren’t about wellness, they are about vanity. Not the same thing, sweetie.

    • detritus says:

      My take away too, one of the major things we learned in Public Health is the exact opposite of her saying, we learned that all things being equal Wealth is health.
      The wealthier you are, the better health outcomes you have at every step in your life.

      The first social determinant of health listed by the Public Health Agency of Canada is “Income and Social Status”.

      So yes, very easy for MS Tech Billionaire to say that health is wealth, when many of us know the truths of paying for medical care and making the choices between financial insecurity and a better treatment outcome.

  8. mellie says:

    What a bunch of weirdo’s. Crystals, regular IV’s (willingly, no less!) and leeches on your g-damn face….these people are so out of touch with reality I don’t know how they can even look at themselves in the mirror without bursting out laughing. What a bunch of dumbasses.

    • AnnaKist says:

      You said it, mellie. I just do the basics (oh, fine then, the bare minimum) and get told all the time how beautiful my skin is, and I’m a lot older than MK. My late mum’s skin was beautiful until the ravages of cancer got her in her early 80s. My late hubby had gorgeous skin, too, and last week, when she went for a job interview, the interviewer stopped mid-question and said to my daughter, “I’m sorry. I’ve been looking at your face since you walked in, and I just have to ask. How do you get such beautiful skin?!” Genetics count for so much. These richbitches are flogging fake sciences don’t snake oil, but there’ll always be gullible, vain people who are willing to fork out good cash for the fake promises. The old story – it’s not the steak, but the sizzle of the steak.

  9. Linabear says:

    Eww! Do they not transmit bacteria and germs?

    • graymatters says:

      That’s why they’re not re-used.

      Leeches actually do have a very limited role in modern medicine. They can gently draw out pooled blood from bruises, for example, which reduces swelling and allows drs to fix the actual injury.

      But, yeah. Ew.

    • Pumpkin Pie says:

      Linabear I read in an article that leeches used for medical treatments are sanitized in some way but I don’t remember the details.
      Demi Moore mentioned she was using leeches some 10yrs ago, btw. MK is not the first.

  10. Naddie says:

    The leeches wish they were dead.

  11. Who ARE These People? says:

    “You know why people used leeches for “thousands of years”? Because they didn’t have penicillin. They didn’t have antibiotics.”

    Thank you for this! Science is the reason we enjoy better health. How quickly we forget.

    (Though maybe if the Senate succeeds in destroying the insurance system, people will have to revert to using leeches. 202 224 3121 Congressional switchboard)

    • detritus says:


      It’s natural to eat only unprocessed and uncooked foods, to avoid vaccines and drugs, and to live to the ripe old age of ‘died in childbirth’. The refusal of modern science is a privilege of the ignorant wealthy.

      • TyrantDestroyed says:

        Sadly, not only of the ignorant wealthy. I have a couple of middle class friends who refuse modern medicine and are crazy about wellness :/

  12. Erin says:

    You could get a much more effective result from taking 500 mg of niacin at night to produce a flush…these women just have too much money and time and are too lazy to do any research themselves. There is no good reason to put a leech on your face!

    • SoulSPA says:

      I think they are in a marketing plot. GP and MK. I just want to see pics of both of ‘em with the leeches hanging off their faces. No way they would actually do this. Don’t leeches leave some sort of scars or something? There’s no way I believe this. No way!

    • Seraphina says:

      I so agree! I told my hubby about this and he asked why rich women were doing this – leeches being found everywhere, and I said: because they are bat shit crazy.

      And I agree with below comment: now way would these two dimwitted princesses do that to their face,!

  13. JA says:

    The rich really are a different species. Was discussing with my husband our most affordable insurance options and how we were actually going to be able to afford healthcare if we decide to have children. Ugh to have so much money you can literally throw it away on ridiculous things…I hate them a lil and hate myself for being jealous.

  14. Zuzus Girl says:

    I swear these idiots will follow any insane trend ( off a cliff) if they think it will keep them young and they can make money off of it. All you have to say is “friends of Goopy” and I’m out.

  15. Brittney B. says:

    Effectiveness aside, this story really endears me to Miranda, because she just didn’t want the leeches to be killed. “Then she took them home” makes for a wacky headline, but really she was saving their lives. Most people wouldn’t think twice about exploiting them and letting them die for the sake of a dated beauty routine… but they’re living creatures too.

  16. HoustonGrl says:

    Goop is like Marie Antoinette

  17. Egla says:

    Hmmm I saw a closeup of her face. She is 36 right??? How the hell she has that smooth face???? I want to know what she Is really injecting there. She can tell Goop too what is she doing to look like a chinese doll.
    As for the leeches here in my country have been used mostly to draw bad blood from wounds not for beauty treatements.