Exclusive interview with muse and model Rhiannon McConnell
What is the full name and age of your child?
Louie Christopher Cantor, 9 months, born May 13, 2017
Could you describe yourself in one sentence?
Earth-being with a love of cows that sometimes wonders what it would be like to do yoga on the top of the Eiffel Tower.
What was your childhood like?
I was very fortunate enough to have one of the best childhoods I could ever imagine. I grew up the youngest of three older brothers and an older sister which made me the spoiled rotten red-headed little girl. I played in the mud with my brothers and played in makeup with my sister. My mother was a single mother for a good bit in my childhood and worked two full-time nursing jobs but was still able to be there me every step of the way which inspired me to be the mother I am now.
What was your life like before motherhood?
Before blossoming into a mother, I spent two entire years traveling for modeling, I once even visited three different countries in the span of less than a week. I rarely ever spent time at home, if it weren’t for holidays I probably wouldn’t even had a home.
Describe the word woman in your own words.
How did motherhood impact your life and career?
Being a mom has given me so much patience for all of the small things in life. I’ve been more cautious of what work I choose to take and how long I leave my baby for now as before I was more selfish.
How long have you been in the modeling industry?
What are your favorite skin and beauty products?
I use Simple face cleanser for an everyday dirt/makeup cleaner and Thayers Witch Hazel as a toner. Also, a ton of coconut oil!!
I also swear by Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula for my stretch marks.
What did you think of motherhood before you became a mother?
I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of becoming a mother and raising a little human bean. Backstage at shows I used to talk about how mothers were real life unicorns and my friends used to joke about how it would be weird if I never became a mother.
Did you struggle with postpartum?
I luckily did not. A few months into becoming a mom I did struggle with finding myself as a new mother and once big model but it went away and I’ve been very happy.
You are vegetarian, will you also introduce this to your son?
I’m a vegetarian and my husband however is not but we’ve both agreed we want to raise him up as vegetarian as possible until he is able to make his own decisions! He LOVES veggies and tofu so that department is no problem!
Tell us about your birth story.
I was fortunate enough to be blessed with amazing midwives in a birth center in the heart of San Diego that assisted me with my wonderful water birth that allowed me to float effortlessly in warm water with no complications just pure joy
And as soon as my baby came floating up into my arms, suddenly I became a mom. it was the most beautiful moment I’ve ever experienced. As soon as we heard his cry my heart was filled with even more bliss while everyone sighed with relief and I sunk into a stage of pure love.
I wrote my entire life changing birth story on my blog avocadomomma.com
You feel most beautiful when?
When my son hugs and smiles at me
When you get a quiet moment, what do you like to do the most?
Sleep when the baby sleeps. I don’t take that suggestion lightly.
Who is your Mother Muse?
For me it’s difficult to have just one. My mother, Kelly Fondots – owner of Sakura Bloom, and Amanda Booth.
Mother Muse Rhiannon McConnell, Photographer Nicki Sebastian