When she is taking care of her family and taking care of business, a mother is a force to be reckoned with. She doesn’t let anything dampen her passion and commitment — not the naysayers, a few career bumps or the occasional (but sadly) missed school event. The 20 extraordinary women we chose for our first-ever Most Influential Moms Awards inspire us. They are examples of how far passion and tenacity can take you, and also bring out the best in others.
Singer, actress and fashion designer at the Jessica Simpson Collection. Age 34, mother of Maxwell, 2, and Ace, 1
The singer and actress added a third feather to her cap when she launched her company in 2005. Jessica’s business-which includes everything from shoes, jewelry and accessories to maternity and home products, brings in nearly $1 billion a year in retail globally.
What are the biggest challenges you face in your field?:
I’ve been through a lot publicly for over 15 years now. I am constantly reminding myself that I am here for a reason. That normally helps me rise above and power through any negativity.
What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you were younger?:
I used to be a lot harder on myself when I was younger, but I still don’t know what I wish I would have known, because every uncertainty and every decision has made me who I am today as a wife, a mother and a believer in my own purpose. Imperfections are extremely precious to me.
How has motherhood changed you?:
Motherhood has definitely refocused my life in the most amazing way. I think I’ve changed most by accepting all parts of myself.
Which three words would your children use to describe you?:
Peaceful, silly, present.
“I want to teach my kids to be confident and believe that anything is possible.”
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