I didn’t consciously become a writer thinking that it would ultimately be a profession that would work well with motherhood (particularly since working at home with kids is definitely not all that it’s cracked up to be). Sure, I suppose it’s a nice little bonus (or curse) that I can write from home and be with my kids, but I wouldn’t necessarily boast that my career has advanced as a result of making babies.
There seem to be few professions that pay off for women who become moms. In most cases, it seems as if women who become moms actually advance slower (if at all) and ultimately make less money than non-moms, often due to the need to work fewer hours, among other reasons.
Well, now there’s an exception to that rule (according to Fox News): The supermodel.
Forbes came out with a list of the Top Earning Models, and of the 10 listed, seven are moms (Gisele Bündchen, Heidi Klum, Kate Moss, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Carolyn Murphy and Natalia Vodianova).
So much for stretch marks and baby weight.
“Post-baby, not only [is a supermodel] gorgeous, but she’s a supermom who can do it all. A baby can also lend a model an air of seriousness and creditability,” Jamie Beckman, an editor for women’s site SheKnows.com told FOX411′s Pop Tarts column. “In our celebrity driven culture, we’re fascinated by the mechanics of what it is like to be these women in real life, and that includes how they raise their children.”
How is it that modeling seems to be the only profession in which women are taken more seriously after becoming moms? Doesn’t it seem like other professions take moms less seriously? Like, aren’t women lawyers famously less likely to get on a partner track if they have families?
“Motherhood makes these women, who many people know only from glossy ads or magazines, more accessible and real for the rest of the world. A baby is something everyone can relate to, and being relatable to the audience is a huge plus from marketing standpoints,” former model and writer Adriane Sommer explained. “Also, you can’t underestimate the sympathy a pregnant star gets from female fans. Being pregnant is nearly as good for the image as wearing a halo for a celebrity. It is something sacred and it connects us all on the most intimate and universal levels.”
Sympathy? Really? In most work places working moms seem more likely to evoke resentment from childless co-workers who can’t benefit from maternity leave or stay home with a sick child (because that’s such a treat).
As if being so fortunate already to make zillions just for being genetically blessed wasn’t enough, now supermodels are more successful for becoming moms. What does their industry get that most others are missing?
Every other profession — are you listening?
Does reading about supermodel moms make you happy, or does it put forth even more unrealistic expectations for moms in general, and working moms in particular?