Werk Mama! Celebrities Who’ve Established Successful Careers While Raising Children
Many women face the challenge of choosing between a career and children, but there are plenty who choose both. Raising children is the hardest job to have and to balance that with a successful career is even harder. These 15 celebrity moms have been in movies, television shows, on runways and red carpets looking stunning, full of energy and have even brought their little ones along to celebrate with them. Hard work, drive and determination have served these women well in their public and personal lives.
Nia Long has starred in some of our most classic films like “Boyz in the Hood,” “Love Jones” and “The Best Man.” She’s been on episodes of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and many other projects and with the length of her career you may forget that she is a mother of two sons Massai, age 12 and Kez, age 1.
Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson’s career has only continued to grow since her days a Yvette in “Baby Boy.” She’s has since starred in “Not Easily Broken,” “Think Like A Man,” “Benjamin Button,” and many other films. What many people don’t know is that Taraji has an 18-year-old son named Marcel. Nine years ago her son’s father was murdered making her a single parent and losing her high school sweetheart of eight years. She has truly persevered, having graduated from Howard University with her son now being a college freshman.
Sherri Shepherd is the mother of an 8-year-old son named Jeffrey whom she absolutely adores — she mentions him every chance she gets. When she’s not making us laugh on “The View” and “How I Met Your Mother,” she’s raising her adorable son with ex-husband Jeff Tarpley and husband Lamar Sally.
LisaRaye may be know for her role as Diamond on “The Players Club“ and Neesee on “All of Us,“ but we really got a glimpse into the actress’s life when she let cameras into her home for her TV One reality show, “LisaRaye: The Real McCoy.” The show chronicled her busy career and her loving relationship with her 22-year-old daughter Kai.
Solange is rarely seen without her cute son Daniel Julez J. Smith Jr. and we love to see them interact. Whether she’s dancing in the dark, DJing around the world, acting, or performing her little man isn’t far away. “I do the best I can, which involves a lot of saying no to things, actually, and a lot of really organized scheduling and a lot of help, to be honest,” Solange told Brooklyn Magazine.
June Ambrose is a celebrity stylist who wears many hats and motherhood is one of them. She is an energetic woman who is meeting with clients, hitting the gym, looking fabulous and raising two cute kids, Summer and Chance.
Rachel Roy is known for gorgeous womenswear collections and is so busy designing and helping women and children in India that you may forget she has two daughters, Ava and Tallulah, with ex-husband Dame Dash. She loves her little ladies and balances work and home the best she can.
Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith lived many lives before becoming a mother. Her career started early on with roles in films and shows like “The Inkwell,” “Menace II Society,” “A Different World,” and when she married Will Smith in 1997 she continued to be a powerhouse in her own right. She also had two beautiful children, Jayden and Willow Smith, and she became a stepmother to Will’s son, Will Jr. Jada has been criticized for how she raises her two children, but she’s always been one to do things her way. She’s balancing it all pretty well from what we can see.
Wendy Williams is one business woman that doesn’t hold back and has no problem saying what’s on her mind. We know her for the “Wendy Williams Show,” but at home she is “mom” to son Kevin, Jr. with husband Kevin Hunter.
La La Anthony
La La Anthony has built a great career as a DJ, television personality, and actress all while being a mother to her son Kiyan with husband Carmelo Anthony. When La La debuted her reality show “La La’s Full Court Life” we got to see the struggle to balance a busy career, motherhood and being a wife. She even showed the difficult choice on whether to have more children or to wait. She continues to do it all and we love it!
Jennifer Lopez is another actress, singer, and dancer who has been around forever and has literally done it all. She is definitely a hard worker, so it made perfect sense when she announced her pregnancy with twins! Her son and daughter Maximilian and Emme are adorable. She is often seen with one on her hip and one by her side.
Christina Milian and daughter Violet are inseparable. If you happen to follow her on Instagram there are tons of photos of her babygirl. Christina has been singing and acting since childhood and her career hasn’t missed a beat since the birth of Violet in 2010 with ex-husband The Dream.
Vanessa Williams makes motherhood look easy raising 4 children, starring in television shows, Broadway shows and anything else she decides to do. Her two oldest daughters, Melanie and Jillian, are 26 and 24, she also has a 20-year-old son named Devin, and the youngest daughter, Sasha, is 13.
Kimora Lee Simmons
Kimora Lee Simmons is always seen with her three children, Ming Lee Simmons, Aoki Lee Simmons, and Kenzo Hounsou. She launched Baby Phat clothing, became Creative Director and President of JustFab, created KLS Rushcard and her own television show Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane all while being a mother. She does it all and looks stunning at the same time.
NeNe Leakes has made Real Housewives of Atlanta her springboard for success. Being on that show catapulted her to Hollywood where she starred on Glee and The New Normal. While Nene has gained more fame and money she has been a mother to her sons, Brentt and Bryce, long before all of the cameras came along. On Real Housewives of Atlanta she shared the difficulty of shooting in Los Angeles for The New Normal and raising her young son Bryce back in Atlanta with husband Gregg Leakes, but she does her best to make it work. NeNe knows how to rise to a challenge, so balancing motherhood and career is something she does well.