To celebrate Mother’s Day, we spoke to three inspiring women about motherhood, their careers and their top styling tips, of course.
Portia Prince is a mother of Ngaire (1) and a full-time model living in London.
Portia, what does motherhood mean to you?
It’s meant a lot of growth, patience and more rewarding that I could have ever imagined. She’s taught me a lot about myself along the way. I certainly feel like motherhood is just the start of something fresh and exciting.
They say it takes a village, why is it important for you to have a community to help you raise your family?
I still say this all the time. Especially living in London. Women simply weren’t meant to sit alone in their city flats raising children. You soon gravitate towards other mums with children the same age or I found with older children, so I could take their tips.
Tell us a bit about your career?
I’m a freelance British model and have lived in London for 11 years. I’m represented internationally and hoping to spend some time in New Zealand at the end of the year.
How did becoming a mother make you feel empowered in your body, especially as a model?
I couldn’t believe what I was capable of. Any hang ups I had before that completely disappeared. I owe my life to this body because it gave me a healthy baby girl.
How have other women empowered you and helped you succeed in your career?
I have a solid work ethic, maybe too much at times, but it’s helped me achieve more than I could have imagined and I’m proud of that.
What career advice would you share with other women?
If a new opportunity arises, say yes even if it’s out of your comfort zone. I’m extremely optimistic in the sense that even if the outcome is bad, I think there’s something to be learnt from it.
What advice about self-love and confidence do you wish to pass on to your daughter?
She’ll know that it’s important and it needs to be prioritised as no one else can do it for you. I want her to see the way I do it for myself and it will be openly spoken about in our household.
Living an on-the-go life with kids, how do you refresh everyone’s outfits with accessories?
Definitely hair accessories or earrings. Both are easy to add to outfits and great for transitioning an outfit from day to night.
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