Mom-of-three Camila Alves shared a sweet snapshot of her children – sons Levi, 7, and Livingston, 2, and 5-year-old daughter Vida – via Instagram Tuesday.
“Floating village in #Cambodia… they move as the river moves… #backinasia,” the model, 33, captioned the image.
In another shot, the model-designer is seen holding a snake with Vida.
“Getting over my fear of snakes my little girl is helping me out! #backinasia #fbf,” she captioned the photo.
Earlier this month, Alves shared a family photo – including husband Matthew McConaughey – in celebration of becoming an American citizen.
“Sorry all! I was gone for a bit and had to disconnect to connect in Thailand and Cambodia! First day back and look what I just went thru. It is with great pride and honor that I am happy to say I now hold an American passport! I have so much respect and appreciation for this country… #newuscitizen,” she captioned the family pic.
Supermodel Cindy Crawford covers the September issue of Elle Canada and opens up about family life with husband Rande Gerber and their two children: son Presley, 16, and daughter Kaia, 13. The model mom, 49, goes on to talk about the unflattering image of her that went viral in February, and how her kids reacted to the “malicious” photo.
On balancing career and family: “I think some of my biggest fails happen when I don’t take the time to really listen to what my kids, or my husband, are saying. You say the wrong thing, or you say it at the wrong time. Later I think ‘I could have handled that so much better if I had just slowed down.’ My New Year’s resolution every year is to say ‘no’ more often to commitments. We all over-commit. We don’t have the time to just be.”
On waiting to have children: “My mom was very young, and that worked out great, but for me it was great that I wasn’t a young mother. I was able to be selfish with my time in my 20s—to try to figure who I was and what I wanted. When I did finally have kids, I was ready to put myself second, or third, or fourth…. All of a sudden, your priorities just change. I was ready to let something else be the focus.”
On the unflattering image of her that went viral in February: “I felt that [the journalist] was inauthentic because she acted like this was great but she didn’t check if I wanted this out or if it was a real picture. Why would seeing a bad picture of me make other people feel good? I felt blindsided. I was very conflicted, to be honest. The story had run a year and a half before, and the picture of me in that outfit was from the bust up. I know my body, and I know it’s not perfect, but maybe I have a false body image; maybe I think I look better than I do. I think that most women are hard on themselves. We think we look worse than we do. So I assumed I fell into that category, even though that picture didn’t reflect what I saw when I looked in the mirror—even in the worst dressing-room lighting. We spoke to the photographer, and he was very upset because he didn’t put it out there. He said: ‘Cindy, I’m going to send you the real one and it’s nothing like that. It’s clear that someone manipulated that image to make whatever was there worse.’ It was stolen and it was malicious, but there was so much positive reaction [to the image]. Sometimes, the images that women see in magazines make them feel inferior—even though the intention is never to make anyone feel less. So somehow seeing a picture of me was like seeing a chink in the armour. Whether it was real or not isn’t relevant, although it’s relevant to me. I don’t try to present myself as perfect. It put me in a tough spot: I couldn’t come out against it because I’m rejecting all these people who felt good about it, but I also didn’t embrace it because it wasn’t real—and even if it were real, I wouldn’t have wanted it out there. I felt really manipulated and conflicted, so I kept my mouth shut.”
On how that experience became a teachable moment with her kids: “This is exactly the type of thing that I wouldn’t want my daughter to do to another girl online. It’s social bullying. I’m a big girl and I can handle it, but I used it as a teaching lesson for my own daughter because my kids were like ‘Mom, you don’t look like that!’ They wanted me to go down to the beach in a swimsuit so the paparazzi would take a photo of me, but that would be playing into it. How do I rise above the situation? What do I do? Go on Good Morning America and pull up my shirt and say ‘I don’t look like that’? That didn’t seem like the right response.”
On her happy marriage: “The other defining moment in my life was the end of my first marriage. It was like a fairy tale. You’d think I would know that the fairy tale wasn’t true because I’d lost my brother and my [own] parents had got divorced, but we all want to believe in the movie version of love. It was crushing, and it made me realize that I had to look at relationships realistically. You have to put that vanity version of a relationship aside—that’s like playing dress-up. I went to a relationship therapist and she asked me a great question: ‘Are you looking for a soulmate or a husband? They’re not necessarily the same thing. A husband is the guy who is solid, and you know you want to have children with him and you know he’s going to be there.’ In my younger years, I was attracted to the more intense kind of relationships that are very draining. When I was first with Rande, I thought he was so solid, but then I wondered ‘Wait, where’s all the drama? Maybe this isn’t good. Maybe this isn’t real!’ The relationship therapist helped me to appreciate the solidity—the foundations. I’ve been with Rande for close to 20 years, and he’s now my soulmate. We were able to grow together.”