MODEL LUPE TOMIC ON RAISING HER SON IN NYC, MODELING WHILE PREGNANT AND BREASTFEEDING IN WINTER
1) You're a professional model and now a mom to son Marcus. Did becoming a mother affect your career? Yes it did. It slowed things down and changed my priorities. For example I did not wish to travel so much anymore. But I was ready for the change, I valued my career but was also looking forward to becoming a mother. No regrets!
2) Were you still able to work during your pregnancy? Because I'm tall and it was my first pregnancy I didn't show until I was about 4 months pregnant so I could work with clients that used to book me before. As long as I fit into the clothes it was no problem and because I'm more of a commercial model (my runway days are far behind me!) I didn't struggle with catalogue sample sizes that are usually bigger than runway ones. So before getting pregnant they used to pin the extra fabric around the back. But when I was pregnant everything fit just fine! :)
However, I did eventually stop working. I wanted to enjoy my pregnancy and most definitely wanted the best nutrition for my baby so I didn't hold back! I didn't do any pregnancy advertising though. It's funny, but you have to be the right "bump size" for when they shoot their catalogues or products a few months before the season they are meant for. And their samples are normally for women going from their first to second trimester, which is when they usually start shopping for maternity clothes. I was either too small (not showing) or too big (almost 38 weeks) when they were shooting so I didn't do them.
3) What are some challenges you've faced since becoming a mother? Time management for sure. It's hard being a freelancer with a child, you want to spend a lot of time with them but you also want to work, only my job isn't steady 9-5 kind of work and castings and bookings usually happen last minute so it's hard finding babysitters. My husband is great and helps a lot though, so I feel very lucky!
4) You nursed your son for 12 months. Did you find clothing to be an issue during this time? Clothing was a huge issue. I couldn't find nice tops that were easy to maneuver to discreetly feed my son. And he hated the nursing cover, so he kept pushing it away! He was born in February so I had a whole winter when he ate every two or three hours so it was hard!
5) Has your work as a model influenced your style when you're not in front of the camera? I think so. But I'm very relaxed and easy going in terms of clothes so my taste goes towards the elegant simple pieces that work in different environments.
6) You're originally from Chile. How do you feel about raising your son in NYC? It's both great and hard. Great because NYC is, belive it or not, a child friendly place with many wonderful public spaces designed for children to play and have fun in a safe environment. Summer time is my favorite, we have at least 4 wonderful playgrounds close to our home in downtown Manhattan.
On the other hand I miss having that "village" concept that people refer to when they talk about raising a child. It is true that family is very important and I miss mine. My husband is from the UK so his family is also away. I wish we could spend more time with all of them. And I am jealous of my friends who can ask their parents or siblings for free babysitting! :)
7) What are your 3 favorite things to do with Marcus in NYC? Marcus is a very energetic child, lots of steam to burn every day so we need to leave our small apartment (like most apartments in the city) every day to take him to the park or to other activities.
We live close to both the East and Hudson rivers in downtown Manhattan and the area around them is lovely with parks and piers where Marcus loves to watch boats sail or helicopters fly around. For rainy days we go to a community center where they have all sorts of free classes for toddlers so that's a life savor in the winter. Another great place for little ones downtown is the Native American Museum; in the summer they have great organized activities for children.
Photocredit: Michel Nafziger (above & feature image)