Top 10 Celebrity Moms
From celebrities to stay-at-home soccer moms, every woman with kids looks forward to that Sunday in May when she is the leading lady. Who wouldn't want to be lavished with a little extra affection, appreciation and attention from the people that matter most in your life? Here's a look at the Top 10 celebrity moms you'll be sharing Mother's Day with this year. Maybe you'll recognize yourself in some of their most admirable qualities.
Until recently, Nicole Ritchie was known for little more than being Paris Hilton's bosom bud and Lionel Ritchie's daughter. Then the frighteningly thin 27-year old announced her pregnancy (the baby's daddy is Joel Madden) and in less than a year, Nicole completely reinvented herself as a nurturing mother. Nicole started by gaining a healthy amount of weight during her pregnancy - the first sign that she had learned to put her baby's needs before her own.
Throughout her pregnancy, Nicole and Joel sponsored a number of fundraising events for low-income mothers and children, and even kicked off their own foundation, the Richie Madden Children's Foundation. Since the birth of her daughter Harlow in January 2008, Nicole has been nothing but the devoted mother. While it hasn't been easy, the former Simple Life star is committed to making it work because "that's what's best for Harlow." Way to turn it around, Nicole!
Of all the celebrity moms on this list, Jennifer is probably the most likely to pull up a seat next to you during the local library's story hour and sing along - mercilessly out of tune - to Old McDonald Had A Farm. Even though motherhood is the great equalizer between celebrities and their adoring fans, there is no more relatable star and mom than Jennifer Garner.
Wife to Ben Affleck and mom to daughters Violet Anne, born in December 2005, and Seraphina Rose Elizabeth, born in January 2009, Jennifer is the ultimate down-to-earth mom. Unlike other A-listers, who put on heals and makeup even for a quick run to Starbucks, Jennifer is constantly snapped by paparazzi wearing jeans and sneakers, hair pulled back into a ponytail, and not even a hint of makeup. Jennifer would rather spend the day at the park with her girls than shopping on Rodeo Drive - and she's clearly passing on these good values to her daughters. Now that's something to celebrate!
You'd hardly expect Pam Anderson - best known as the biggest babe on Bay Watch - to make a Top 10 list of celebrity moms.
Despite her pin-up image, however, Pam is a devoted mom to two sons, Dylan Jagger Lee, born on December 29, 1997, and Brandon Thomas Lee, born on June 5, 1996, both born at home. (Their father is ex-husband Tommy Lee.) In fact, the blond bombshell is a staunch -- if unexpected -- advocate for natural parenting.
The first among a growing trend of celebrity moms to birth her babies at home, Anderson also breastfed both of her kids - despite her DD-size implants. Ever the hands-on parent, Pamela has been a volunteer crossing guard for her children's school and part-time room mother. Who would have thought that the ditzy blonde lifeguard would be such a stellar mom?
Katie Holmes Cruise
Katie - or Kate, as husband Tom Cruise has redubbed her - is mom to one of the most famous celebrity babes of all times: Suri Cruise. After Katie's whirlwind romance with Tom and her super quick pregnancy, rumors began swirling about the authenticity of their claims of love -- and even whether Tom was the baby's real father.
Hysteria intensified after Suri's birth on April 18, 2006 (the one-year anniversary of the couple's first date), since Tom and Katie kept their little princess shielded from the paparazzi for weeks. When Hollywood's most talked-about couple finally introduced Suri to the world, pictures of the gorgeous, blue-eyed baby girl squelched the gossip. Suri is the perfect genetic combination of both mom and dad.
Once the naïve girl next door on the WB series Dawson's Creek, Katie Holmes Cruise is now one of Hollywood's hottest fashion plates. From running the New York City marathon to walking the red carpet, Katie does it all with sophisticated style. Of course, her favorite person to accessorize is little Suri, whose shoe collection probably rivals that of the wife of a former South American dictator.
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Photo Credits: Nicole Ritchie, Marcia Cross, Jennifer Garner, Pam Anderson
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