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50 Coolest Celebrity Moms

People magazine has its Most Beautiful People list. Maxim‘s got its Hot 100. FHM has a list. Everyone has a list. You cannot be taken seriously in the world of celebrity obsession if you do not have a list.

So, we put together a list. Or rather, I did. And since I don’t give a hoot, really, about who’s most beautiful or most sexy or most likely to have a sex tape, I went with which celebrity moms do I think are coolest? Which is to say, which celebrity moms do I think rise above the celebrity ordinary in some way and, also, with whom would I, like, totally love to hang out? In a completely non-stalkerish way, of course.

Herewith then, the completely unscientific and totally biased list of the 50 Coolest Celebrity Moms.

Catherine Connors

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    Victoria Beckham

    Because even though she’s, like, waaay at the extreme edge of hyper-overfunctioning-alpha-momness, what with the boob job and the wearing of six-inch heels to soccer games and such – which is to say, even though she terrifies me – she still made me laugh out loud with that reality show that she did. Making fun of Perez Hilton on reality television? Cool.

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    Christina Aguilera

    Because for someone so young, she’s handling popstar motherhood with way more maturity than I would have expected, given her peer group. Not a single car-accident, crotch-flash or party-bender yet. Way to go, Xtina, for noticing that the bar is set really, really low, and high-stepping right over it.

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    Madonna

    Because even though she pushes the envelope on being pretentious and ridiculous – and sometimes both at the same time – she’s still Madonna. She’s a kid’s-book-writing mom who still squeezes herself into bondage gear to pimp her causes and get her records sold.

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    Courtney Cox-Arquette

    Because she was Monica. That’s pretty much it, really. Oh, and because I’ll bet that she and David are, like, super fun on playdates – and you just know that they do those together.

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    Mary J. Blige

    Because stepmoms are moms too, you know. And if you had to imagine the coolest stepmom ever? She would probably look and sound a lot like Mary J. Blige.

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    Gwyneth Paltrow

    Because even though macrobiotic diets aren’t exactly the epitome of cool, and even though she did insist upon wearing all those weird shoes for the Iron Man premieres, you still can’t argue with the fact that she’s got a pretty firm grip on cool, if only because she has the best wardrobe of any mom ever, and because she takes the kids to Daddy’s stadium concerts.

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    Gretchen Wilson

    Because she’s a redneck mommy, and proud.

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    JK Rowling

    Because she wrote those books, and because she did it with a baby at her side.

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    Demi Moore

    Because she makes no apologies for falling in love with a guy who is, or seems, closer to her kids’ generation than her own. And because she rocks being a forty-something mom like nobody’s bizniss.

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    Laila Ali

    Because even though she’s still just at the expectant mom stage, her cool mom status is pretty much assured. She’s a pregnant American Gladiator, people.

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    Kate Moss

    Because even though she sometimes seems to make questionable life choices, she’s still Kate Moss. Also, is there any other mom on the entire planet who can pull off skinny jeans like she does? Not that she’s wearing skinny jeans anymore. Those are so six months ago.

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    Tilda Swinton

    Because even though she dissed the Harry Potter books for glorifying boarding school (which was just weird, because, you know – there are far, far worse things than can be glorified for kids than school) and sometimes wears dresses that are missing a sleeve, she still possesses an almost otherworldly cool. That, and she lives with her kids, her partner, and a lover. How do I get a deal like that?

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    Kate Hudson

    Because she so obviously loves her son, and because she seems to be barring no holds in letting him express his individuality. And, too, because she’s always, always smiling. How often can you say that about a mom, single or otherwise?

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    Halle Berry

    Because she just seems so sweet, you know? Like someone you could spend hours sipping tea with while the kids rolled around on the grass, dishing gossip and sharing cinnamon roll recipes – you just know that she eats those – while painstakingly avoiding the topic of the suspiciously extreme metrosexuality of her boyfriend.

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    Amy Poehler

    Because she’s redefined the term “baby mama” for everybody, forever, in the best possible way. And because if there’s a genetic code for FUNNY than can be passed down to offspring, she and Will Arnett will make that pass.

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    Monica Belluci

    Because she’s hot, and Italian, and I have a girl-crush on her that has nothing to do with how good a mom she is. You got a problem with that?

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    Cindy Crawford

    Because didn’t we all want to be her in the late ’80s/early ’90s? And now that she’s a full-on mom with gorgeous kids and a gorgeous husband and gorgeous everything, don’t we just all want to be her even more? Just for a day, maybe?

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    Amanda Peet

    Because when she did those Gap ads, with her baby, this past Christmas? It made me both want to buy an entire wardrobe of Gap sweaters and have another baby, all at once.

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    Kate Beckinsale

    Because whenever I see pictures of her with her daughter in public, I get the impression that her daughter is just constantly rolling her eyes at her, which, you know, makes me feel just a gazillion times better about the inevitable eye-rolling that I’ll face from my own daughter. If Kate Beckinsale gets the pre-adolescent eye-roll? Then we can all feel just a little bit better about it ourselves.

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    Jennie Garth

    Because she’s not Tori Spelling, not by a long shot. Which is to say – after 90210 she had her kids and did some projects and stayed happy with herself while managing to never get a boob job or put her kids on reality TV. And because we get watch her as Kelly Taylor again on the new 90210, which, ohmygod, so cool.

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    Julianne Moore

    Because, um? Julianne Moore? She’s one of the most gorgeous, elegant moms out there and I totally want to be just like her when I grow up.

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    Julia Roberts

    Because she’s managed better than anybody to keep her family life separate from her celebrity life, and doesn’t seem to care if that’s lost her any celebrity street-cred, which it hasn’t, but still. Also, because she gave her kids the best names ever.

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    Jada Pinkett Smith

    Because, seriously? She could kick my ass but good for leaving her off a list like this. Not that she’d care, though. She’s too cool for that.

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    Claudia Schiffer

    Because she dresses her kids up in those adorable private school uniforms and then follows them down the street as they pedal along on their scooters, looking for all the world like little Oliver (and Olivia) Twists with trust funds. Anachronistic childrearing: cool.

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    Christy Turlington

    Because she makes “granola-mama” look like a really hip thing to be. So much so that she could almost convince me to do yoga. Almost.

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