Motherhood is tough. From the sacrifices gone unnoticed to the balancing act of maintaining a career and home, moms have their work cut out for them. To celebrate Mother's Day, we're putting the spotlight on a handful of our favorite celebrity moms who are changing the way we look at motherhood. Keep scrolling to read about how they inspire us with their approach to life, along with some Mother's Day looks inspired by their trademark personal style.
Having overcome adversity as a woman of color in the political sphere, Michelle Obama has triumphed by earning two Ivy League degrees, writing two books, and winning countless awards for her advocacy and literature. She cemented her legacy as a feminist icon when she promoted breastfeeding and launched the Let Girls Learn and Global Girls Alliance initiatives as First Lady. What's most important to her is raising her daughters, Malia and Sasha, to be confident, grounded young women who forge their own paths in the world.
Her mom style: Michelle is known to slip into dresses and jumpsuits in bold hues and fun prints that show off her pear shape, but she's no stranger to a cool pair of jeans, either.
Brands she loves: Brandon Maxwell, Jason Wu, Johanna Ortiz, Narciso Rodriguez, J Brand
On being a mom: "I love our daughters more than anything in the world―more than life itself. And while that may not be the first thing that some folks want to hear from an Ivy League–educated lawyer, it is truly who I am. So for me, being Mom-in-Chief is, and always will be, job number one."
The Academy Award–winning actress became a mom at a relatively young age, but she didn't let that deter her from reaching her goals in an effort to be a role model for her daughter.
Witherspoon gives us major mom inspiration because she's known to speak candidly about the challenges of motherhood and the necessary sacrifices she had to make to raise her three kids. More than just a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Reese is an active supporter of organizations such as Save the Children and the Children's Defense Fund.
Her mom style: Reese is often seen out shopping in straight-legged jeans and ultra-preppy tops, or skirts featuring bright colors and loud floral prints.
Brands she loves: Chloé, Mother Denim, Gianvito Rossi, Isabel Marant, Veja
On being a mom: "No one's really doing it perfectly. I think you love your kids with your whole heart, and you do the best you possibly can."
Thirty-nine Grand Slam titles. Four Olympic Gold medals. More than $92 million in career prize money. Relatively new to the celebrity mom club, Williams is even more of an inspiration off the court.
She's been candid about facing postpartum depression and life-threatening blood clots after childbirth. Being open about these challenges is the athlete's way of reducing the stigma surrounding the myriad challenges of motherhood while promoting the importance of community. Serena supports a number of charitable organizations including an annual charity run to help underprivileged communities and Allstate Foundation's Purple Purse project that financially empowers victims of domestic violence.
Her mom style: Serena proves that femininity comes in all shapes and sizes when she shows off her athletic curves in bodycon dresses and playful tutus with sneakers.
Brands she loves: Versace, Nike, Off-White, Air Jordan, Valentino
On being a mom: "Working and being a mom is not easy. I am often exhausted, stressed, and then I go play a professional tennis match. We keep going. I am so proud and inspired by the women who do it day in and day out. I'm proud to be this baby's mama."
Hoda greets America with a big smile and infectious energy every morning on Today. She inspired the nation by raising awareness of breast cancer during her battle with the disease in 2007. Though breast cancer complications left Hoda unable to have children of her own, she didn't let that stop her. At the age of 52, she realized her lifelong desire for motherhood when she adopted her baby girl, Haley Joy—proving it's never too late to become a mom.
Her mom style: You can catch Hoda broadcasting in color-pop sheath dresses that hug her curves, but when she's at home with her kids, she gets comfy in soft hoodies.
Brands she loves: Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Black Halo, Adrianna Papell
On being a mom: "That wisdom, patience, stuff we've learned along the way—I'm a better parent now that I ever would have been."
Kate challenges conventional views of both femininity and motherhood with ferocity. Not just Goldie Hawn's daughter, the self-proclaimed "wild woman" is big on three things: maintaining authenticity via social media, leading a healthy lifestyle, and building her activewear brand. We love her honesty about the parts of parenting that she doesn't love, the challenges of raising kids with a wide age gap, and how she still makes mistakes with her eldest son. She reminds us that the perfect mom doesn't exist, nor should mothers strive to be one.
Her mom style: Kate lives and breathes wellness. So while we love seeing her gorgeous red carpet gowns, she's the best expression of herself in cozy athleisure.
Brands she loves: Gucci, Mother Denim, La Perla, Giambattista Valli
On being a mom: "I wish there was a perfect balance. The truth is, there's not. I just take it day by day. We're all doing the best we can."