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The mother of all advice

23.03.17

Mother's Day

The things we want most in life come at the cost of hard work and sacrifice. When we achieve our goals, it makes it all worth it, but sometimes you can’t see the wood for the trees.

That’s when we turn to our most trusted advisors – our mums. A brew and a chat can make all of our problems disappear, because no one knows us better.

It’s not just our own mums we look to for advice. There are plenty of inspirational celebrity mums out there – I’m sure plenty of us JAM mummies would love to channel Beyoncé in our day-to-day lives!

Motherhood is one of the most challenging roles many of us will take on, yet these supermums have risen to the challenge. Here are some our favourite celeb mums and the reasons why we love them so much:

Beyoncé

Is it even a list of inspirational mothers without Queen Bey? Mother to Blue Ivy and currently pregnant with twins, women all over the world look to her for guidance. And with a net worth of $290m, it’s safe to say that the Single Ladies singer has some solid career advice.

When it came to her 2013 Super Bowl halftime show, Beyoncé did her homework. She watched every halftime show in the past to ensure that she didn’t repeat any mistakes, putting on a flawless performance on the night.

Beyoncé teaches us to always prepare, even if we’ve done something a million times over.

Michelle Obama

The former First Lady is widely considered a champion for women all over the world. From 2009 to 2017, she chose to use her public position for change, instead of standing silently next to her husband, smiling for the cameras.

Michelle Obama pushed her husband, President Barack Obama’s, political policies, encouraged worldwide social change and took on issues such as childhood obesity.

The mother of two spoke about careers at the United State of Women Summit, saying: “I tell my mentees, I tell my daughters that our first job in life as women, I think, is to get to know ourselves. And I think a lot of times we don’t do that. We spend our time pleasing, satisfying, looking out into the world to define who we are—listening to the messages, the images, the limited definitions that people have of who we are.”

Plus her own children seem pretty perfect too!

Viola Davis

When she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences, Viola Davis became the first black actor in history to win the triple crown of acting: an Emmy, an Oscar and a Tony in acting categories.

She broke into her first major acting role in her late 40s, proving that pursuing your dreams and believing in yourself doesn’t grow old.

A mother to adoptive daughter Genesis and a stepmother, Viola offers the following advice on embracing fear and failure: “Nobody tells you about failure. People always talk about winning, vision boards, getting what you want. People also don’t talk about fear. It’s always keeping fear at bay. Squelching it. Throwing it away. I’ve embraced fear and failure as a part of my success. I understand that it’s part of the grand continuum of life. Life literally is what you make it.”

Elle Macpherson

Is Elle Macpherson even real?! We need to know her secrets for looking that good in her 50s! As well as walking the catwalk with Louis Vuitton at 46 years old, the mum of two has skin care ranges, lingerie ranges, a nutrition company and she manages to do the school run for her two boys.

Macpherson believes that it’s easy to do well if you enjoy what you do: “I don’t think I’m driven to succeed; it’s more that I really enjoy the products. I believe if you love what you do and do what you love, it doesn’t feel like work, and that’s been my experience.”

Victoria Beckham

Supermum of four hasn’t let having children stop her from having a career. Since she gave birth to Brooklyn just over 18 years ago, Mrs Beckham has released a solo album, written two books and launched her very own clothing line. Her advice…? “The best way to advance your career opportunities is to try to get as much experience as you can in the field you want to enter…work hard and follow your dreams.”

J.K. Rowling

Things haven’t always been easy for the Harry Potter author. In 1993 she’d split from her husband, been diagnosed with depression, contemplated suicide, had no job and was a single mum. Despite all this, she was determined to succeed and create a better life for herself and her daughter. The rest is history. Now she’s on the Sunday Times Rich list and worth around £600 million.

The author believes that you have to push the boundaries to get on in life: “Many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are.”

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