Inspirational Mothers

And, Children who followed in their Mothers’ footsteps

15th March is Mothering Sunday, the day when we celebrate the most important woman in our lives – our Mother. The influence a Mother can have on her child is tremendous.
We have selected some inspirational mother-children examples featuring women who sparked their children’s desire to follow in their footsteps

Carine Roitfield (ex Editor of French Vogue) and her daughter Julia Reston Roitfield
Former Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfield began modeling when she was 18 before turning her career to writing and styling. Similarly, her daughter Julia Reston Roitfield moved into the fashion world to work in a job that is both creative and inspired by her mother’s influential role in fashion, following her degree in Design Management from Parsons School of Design. She works as a model, a designer and is now a Mother herself with beautiful blog, Romy & The Bunnies.

Josephine Baker and Son Jean-Claude Baker
Jean-Claude Baker was the last child to be adopted by the Baker’s Rainbow Family. Josephine first met him when 14-year old Jean-Claude worked as a hotel porter in France. After adopting him, Jean-Claude grew up to work as a model, in music production and as a nightclub owner. He also ran the famous Chez Josephine, a restaurant popular amongst pre-Broadway diners.

Jerry Hall and Georgia May Jagger
Georgia May Jagger is the daughter of Stones musician Mick Jagger and supermodel and business woman Jerry Hall. Jerry told Georgia to always do what makes her happy, that’s when she would be most successful. Georgia listened and followed in the same direction as her Mother. She is now seen on the covers of fashion magazines such as Vogue, Elle and featured in Mulberry, Thierry Mugler and Rimmel ads, just to name a few.

Judy Campbell and daughter Jane Birkin, and granddaughter Charlotte Gainsbourg
Here, we have three generations of inspiring Mums. Judy Campbell was an English actress and appeared in many films particularly popular in the 1940s. Her daughter, Jane Birkin has become an even bigger name, not only for acting but also singing. And of course, for being the Hermes’ muse, who immortalised her name in what is now cult fashion item, the Birkin Bag. Her personal relationship and creative collaboration with Serge Gainsbourg’s throughout the 60s also left long lusting cultural legacy. Beginning of the 70s, they had a daughter, Charlotte Gainsbourg. Charlotte’s parents also inspired her to become both an actress and singer, and fortunately so: she won awards for both her acting and her music. And can you guess what Charlotte’s half-sister Lou Doillon, Jane Birkin’s other child does apart from modeling? Correct, she acts and sings!

Marie Curie and daughter Irene Joliot-Curie
Physicist and Chemist Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. Not only that: She won it twice and was the only person to do so in different sciences. Inspired by her Mother, Marie’s daughter Irene Joliot-Curie went on to work in Chemistry, which led to a Nobel Prize for her groundbreaking discovery of artificial radioactivity. And even Irene’s children both moved into science. Overall, there is no family in history that has been awarded with the Nobel Prize as often as the Curie family, a total of five Nobel Prizes.

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