Family – in all its variety

Welcome to the new normal? So inspiring.

As W magazine shows us in the Dec 2010 issue, there is currently no particular societally approved model for family, which is just wonderful and shows what a long way people in general have come. Nearly every neighborhood has gay parents, single parents, blended families, and children from all over the world!

[ And again, apologies in advance for this copy intensive post – but every single word matters. Promise! ]

The Fendis – “When you’re born into a family that has a family business, family and business are one thing,” says Silvia Venturini Fendi (center, standing), the sole Fendi still working in the Roman house founded by her maternal grandparents in 1925. As a young girl, Silvia grew up in the atelier, apprenticing to her mother, Anna (third from left), the firm’s designer, who preferred to dress her children in black. “Everybody would ask if we were orphans, and my nanny would say, ‘Her mother is in fashion!’” Silvia recalls.

Usher & Sons

“When you put the passion between a man and a woman up against having children, it doesn’t hold a candle. I’ve never known passion like what my children have helped me feel,” says divorced dad Usher Raymond IV, who shares custody of sons Usher V and Naviyd with ex-wife Tameka Foster. Of course, there are more practical considerations.


“Precious” Director, Lee Daniels & Kids – “For the most part, it’s great having my kids view the world so differently than I did,” says Precious director Lee Daniels of his twins, Clara and Liam, 14, who were born to his brother and his girlfriend and adopted by Daniels and his then partner, casting director Billy Hopkins, when they were three days old. “I tell them, ‘I know it’s all “Kumbaya” with your friends, but when you get in that workforce, you’re going to see what it’s like as a black person.”

Miranda Kerr – “For me, family is life,” says model Miranda Kerr, 27. “The decision to start one wasn’t complex at all.”

Katherine Heigl – “I was about to play a woman who inherits a baby, and I was experiencing the same things as my character. I didn’t really want to let Naleigh out of my sight, but it’s not terribly realistic to have a baby in a trailer 12 to 14 hours a day.”

Jenna Jameson & Twins

“I really don’t think I need to say, ‘Mommy was a porn star,’” Jenna Jameson says of explaining her former profession to Jesse and Journey, her twin boys with Ultimate Fighting Championship star Tito Ortiz. The moment I decided to have children, I quit.

Madonna & Lourdes – “We have rules,” the Material Mom insisted when asked earlier this year about parenting her daughter Lourdes, 14 (known as Lola). “She can wear makeup when she goes to parties and special events. And ya know, there’s always a little bit of a discussion about how short the skirt is…or is there some cleavage showing. And I always say to her, ‘Do you want everybody to be staring at your breasts, or do you want people to talk to you?” Mama, don’t preach?

The Hennessys – “The scent of cognac and the smell of the barrel is what I was raised with, so they are very comforting to me,” fragrance-maker Kilian Hennessy, 38, says of his Proustian associations with the Hennessy family seat, Château de Saint Brice, in Cognac, France, where he spent his first seven years—and to which he returns each school break with his own children, Dorian, eight, and Savannah, six. Named after his grandfather, who helped create LVMH and transformed the fortunes of the family cognac business.

By Lynn Hirschberg

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier

Source: W Magazine

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