Let me introduce myself. I am Charlotte, mum to Florence who is 14 months old. Writing and blogging have always been something I have wanted to do, I just never took the leap. So, here I am taking that leap!
When I am not playing the role of Mummy to my daughter (and sometimes my husband!) I work as a freelance model. In the past I have worked as a Nanny as I am Childcare qualified, however modelling has been my sole job for the last three years.
I have been quite nervous about whether I’d return to my work after having my daughter, and there are a number of reasons why. When you become a mum, your body goes through so many beautiful changes. I didn’t know how I would feel emotionally about modelling now as I wasn’t sure whether there was a place in the industry for a body WITH those physical changes.
I feel very strongly about making sure that my child, especially in this day and age, is bought up knowing that you should love yourself inside and out. Instilling self-confidence and an awareness of positive body image into your child is such an important thing, especially where there so many representations of the ‘perfect body’ being reflected out there in the world. I have an insight into the industry and the technology and programmes they have access to, to make anyone look so-called perfect. So it saddens me to see so many young people spend their time trying to achieve an ideology that doesn’t actually exist. I do feel that as a society we are moving in a direction that is more inclusive, accepting and positive when it comes to body image, but we do still have a way to go yet.
Working as a freelance model, I don’t feel that the industry has affected me in a negative way. Yes of course it puts an emphasis on the way I look, and I do feel that I have to look after myself a lot more, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. To be absolutely honest, I never thought that at the age of 31 (soon to be 32), as a mum, that I would still be modelling. I love what I do, and I get to be creative. I meet different people and no two days are the same. It’s a big part of who I am as a person.
I do feel like I am leading a double life, as things are so different when I am working compared to when I am with my daughter, but right now it works and feels right for me. This brings to me why I have decided to start writing. I feel that being a mother and a model are two very different things, and it has bought it home to me how important it is to raise my child with confidence, a strong positive body image and teach her how to love one’s self no matter what. I want to share with her my experiences, be them good or bad, and show her that you are unique and there is only one you.
I’m going to be starting my own blog page soon, in the meantime, you can follow our adventures over on @lottie_model on Instagram! I hope you will join me on my journey as a Mum and a Model, navigating my way round both ventures including the ups and the downs! Any post of mine will be honest, and I hope whether its entertainment, advice or if you just happened to stumble upon it, that you enjoy reading it!