One can only imagine what it's like to grow up with Blake Lively for a mother. She's a successful actress who somehow manages to be simultaneously glamorous and effortless, all while appearing to be one of the most relatable women in Hollywood. Just last week, the mom of two graced the red carpet at the Met Gala in a truly stunning Versace gown said to have taken over 600 hours to make. While she looked like a something straight out of a baroque painting, she tells Vanity Fair that she was up at 7 a.m. the next day for a fight session with her trainer.
"It's so cool to be a woman," she tells the mag, "because you get to pretend dress-up like a queen, and then you get to kick ass and fight. I'm glad that my daughters get to see that, the full spectrum of womanhood." Lively seems proud to act as a role model for her children, and for good reason. She takes her work seriously, appreciates the opportunities she has to get all dolled up for an extravagant affair, relishes her time spent feeling powerful in the gym, and works to provide a normal life for her family (you'd be hard-pressed to find an image of Lively and husband Ryan Reynolds's two daughters, James and Ines, on the internet).
With Mother's Day approaching, Lively is more focused on giving back to others rather than receiving anything for herself. "I feel so fortunate that my kids have more than what they need," she says. "On Mother's Day, you start to get greedy—'What do I want for Mother's Day?'—and I have everything I need and then some," the actress admitted at a Baby2Baby and Shutterfly Mother's Day celebration in New York City in support of children from low-income families. "It's so important to think outside of ourselves," she says.