From model to mum and everything in between, we caught up with Caroline Barton, one half of Not Such a Model Mum, and her daughter Bronte, to discuss parenthood and the launch of our new Kidswear range, Mintie.
Describe your typical day?
A typical day is a bit of a blur – I’ve got an 8-week old baby so I’m up through the night. But most of the time the day begins at 6am with ‘MUM’, then its organised chaos getting the kids off to school. I then spend a couple of hours in the morning ploughing through emails.
We live here (in the UK) seasonally and spend the other half of our time in Barcelona where our lifestyle is so different. A typical day there tends to be picking the kids up, going to the beach; paddle boarding, surfing, then sitting with friends to have dinner on the beach.
What inspired to you start Not Such a Model Mum?
Friendship! Jess and I have known each other far too long; we started out in the modelling industry together and travelled around a lot with work. Modelling was never a full time job for us so we started discussing about how we would survive in the industry – it seemed like the logical step for us to take. We started a small blog about our lives, being mums, model tips, lifestyle tips, and progressively and organically we have found our niche and had an amazing response from people.
“It started with friendship and since then we’ve been lucky enough that it’s organically grown into a business.”
How do you balance a busy work life with being a mum?
It’s always hectic and I always say even at the most chaotic of times, throw more into the mix and just hope it all sticks together. It’s so important to know who you are as a person – I love to work and Jess is exactly the same. We always want everything – to be able to have our cake and eat it too. I want to feel relevant again after having kids and not let having children define me.
What’s the best thing about motherhood?
The best thing about being a mum is just having a legacy. From receiving little smiles from them after you’ve worked really hard, or on the days where you just want to cry – they put it all into perspective. There’s satisfaction that you have done a good job, even if it just means you’ve kept them alive for the past 24 hours – it’s small goals for me.
What’s the best advice your mum gave you?
Don’t stop, just keep trying. Ironically with modelling you deal with a lot of rejection so I always used to remind myself to keep trying.
Five minutes with Bronte Barton…
If you had 3 wishes what would they be?
To be a mermaid, have any power and to have long hair.
What’s your favourite food?
That’s a hard one – pretty much everything. Probably pizza, or sushi.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be an archaeologist.
If you could be any animal what would it be?
What’s the best thing about your mum?
Everything but most of all, that she makes me laugh
“The best thing about my mum is that she makes me laugh”