At a recent New York Fashion Week event, NY Daily News caught up with Dancing with the Stars alum Laila Ali. The former boxer – who is mom to son CJ, 3, and daughter Sydney, 5 months – was hosting expectant moms at a Destination Maternity celebration in conjunction with the March of Dimes.
On having 2 young kids, 3 step-children and being a working mom: “It’s hard. It’s a lot of work and you have to make a lot of sacrifices, but for me it’s just priorities being in order and for me that’s my kids come first and everything else works around them. I’m very hands-on with my kids. I don’t just want to have a nanny taking care of my children, so of course, you know, I lose a lot of sleep. But it is what is. You know, I feel like as a mom that’s what you have to do. You have to wear lots of hats and you have to make sacrifices.”
On putting herself in the shoes of somebody less fortunate: “You know, it’s hard for me to put myself in someone else’s shoes, but I’d never knock anybody for how they tried to get it done. Like as long as you’re doing the best you can and you’re putting your kids first. You know what I mean? But there are a lot of women I see making excuses and they’re not even trying to be the best mom they can be. Those are the ones that you know, I would have something to say about.”
In addition to representing the March of Dimes at Fashion Week, Laila has an ongoing partnership with the American Kidney Fund’s Pair Up, a New National Campaign Empowering Women in the Fight to Prevent Kidney Disease. Now that’s one busy mom!
To watch the full-length video of Laila’s interview go to: NY Daily News.