Today is clearly the day of Marie Claire covers. Miranda Kerr‘s cover story for Marie Claire Australia was released, along with Blake Lively/Mrs. Ryan Reynolds‘s gorgeous photo spread for British Marie Claire. Now we get a peep at the October cover girl for Marie Claire of the good ‘ol USA– No Doubt‘s Gwen Stefani. Gwen‘s cover story, appropriately titled Rock ‘n’ Rule, gives us an inside look at the glam rocker we all know and lurve. Apparently, she refused to wear fur or anything see-through for the shoot, lol. Gotta love it. Check out the pics in the gallery and excerpts from the interview inside!
Gwen Stefani for Marie Claire
And now, after a decade-long hiatus from No Doubt, during which Stefani notched a formidable solo career and parlayed her daring style into a fashion empire, not to mention the marriage to Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale and the children who followed, Stefani has reunited with the band for Push And Shove, what she calls “my favorite record. I mean, your favorite record is always the last one you did, but it really is—it’s a really great record.”
…All working moms have battle scars from their barely survived days. Stefani earned hers during the making of Push And Shove. “I would be up all night because my second baby [Zuma, now 4] didn’t sleep, and he had a lot of ear infections. Then I’d wake up in the morning and do my workout, which I always felt I had to do, and then meetings for my three clothing lines, and then hang out with my kids, take them to preschool, da-da-da. And then at 4 o’clock, I’d be like, ‘All right, I’m out of here, I’m going to go to the studio’ and try to write a record. Sit on the couch [with my bandmates] and be like, ‘Let’s do this now because I’m missing time with the kids; I could be having dinner with them and putting them to bed.’ It was really hard.”
There’s no hint of complaining here. For Stefani, it’s a simple litany of what she sees as obligations she wouldn’t even consider dispatching to assistants. If anything, her words echo the chorus of so many working parents of young children: There aren’t enough hours in the day.
“Every day I fail at something,” she laments. “Every day someone is suffering because I’m doing all these things.”
So she’s downsized a little. Had to. “I’ve got myself in a lot of trouble by not saying no.” The solo career? Buh-bye. Her weight? She’s got a new approach: “This last year I kind of stopped working out. I think my body just needed a break. And so I did that, and focused more on feeling good as opposed to beating myself up.” She’s even eased up her efforts on her L.A.M.B. (Love, Angel, Music, Baby) fashion line. “I have learned to delegate. It still looks awesome, but did I pick out the buttons? No, I didn’t. I missed the last two Fashion Weeks because they were when school started; I can’t miss the first week of kindergarten.”
Read more here.
Gwen always speaks candidly about the impossibilities of ‘perfect’ motherhood or ‘perfect’ career-hood. She spoke of similar complications a while back with The Daily Record, admitting that you cannot do it all. I’ve always liked that she was honest about the awesomely difficult aspects of being a Mom.
I totally identify with her… and then I look at the photo gallery and I’m all like. Uhhhh yeah, no! You’re a superstar, lol. And I need like, six of those outfits. And that upper-lid eyeliner. Stat.
Anybody else loving Gwen‘s cover shoot all up and down?