Considering the divorce rate of most celebrity couples, it's fair to say that keeping a grounded family together can be hard work when the bright lights of stardom are shining on you.
Keeping the family together under such circumstances is one factor that makes those women in our selection of celebrity mums so remarkable. We're also inspired (and a little bit jealous) by these women because of their success in the work they do, their natural gift as mothers and their ability to remain fabulous while juggling everything else.
We'd like to think it's hard work, but these gals just make it look so easy.
Being the wife of the most powerful man in the world might sound glamorous, but what's so appealing about Michelle Obama is her dedication to her own work. Overwhelmingly likeable, her help during campaigns and philanthropic work has seen her shoot ahead of even Barack Obama in popularity polls. All that and she's managed to raise two beautiful children who, as far as we can see, are the embodiment of impeccable behaviour.
Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson was still making her way down the catwalk with Louis Vuitton at 46 years old. But it's not just her beauty that has brought her a fortune; Macpherson has skin care ranges, lingerie ranges, and more, and still manages to find the time to raise two boys. A dedicated mother, she's often photographed picking up and dropping off her children at their school in London while still managing to look drop-dead gorgeous.
She's the ex-Home and Away star who just might be the cutest star we know, and she's also the mother of two precious little girls. Since her Home and Away days she's shot to international fame, starring in movies like Confessions of a Shopaholic and Wedding Crashers. And, as if dealing with her career and motherhood isn't enough, she also has to struggle to keep a straight face with U.K. comedian Sacha Baron Cohen as a husband.
Screen Actors Guild Awards, Golden Globe Awards, BAFTAS and an Academy Award are all part of Cate Blanchett's CV, and if you take a walk in Los Angeles you may just stumble across a star with her name on it. This Melbourne-born mother-of-three is one of the most respected actresses in Hollywood. Her and her playwright husband, Andrew Upton, are based in Sydney where they move to a pace firmly dictated by their children.
And, of course, how could any list of celebrity mums be complete without the better half of Brangelina? Mother of six (three adopted, three biological), Angelina Jolie is an inspiration to women all around the world with her stunningly successful career, dedication to her family, humanitarian work and her ability to bag Brad Pitt. Her fleeting time as a wild girl seems well and truly behind her now as she dedicates herself to amazing causes all around the world (even working as an ambassador for the UN) and her beautiful children. Having it all never looked so good.
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