Gwen Stefani has not only kept it together fronting a rock band, designing clothing lines and being wife and mother to two boys, she’s improved with age. At 43, She commands center stage again after launching a comeback with her band No Doubt, looking as fabulous as ever on the new Vogue cover.
Stefani returns to the magazine eight years since her last appearance. To say the least, a lot has happened since then.
The singer gets the full-on treatment from photographer Annie Leibovitz, wearing Saint Laurent from Hedi Slimane’s spring 2013 collection.
For the cover she wears Alexander Wang and a Yves Saint Laurent hat.Fashion Editor Tonne Goodman handled styling.
Stefani reveals in a new interview that it hasn’t been all smooth sledding as a modern-day multi-tasker. “I did my first solo record and went on tour while I was pregnant. I would want to throw up during certain songs. Certain outfits would make me sick,” she says.
“It was torture. I toured until I was four and a half months pregnant, showing. I came home and had Kingston, and when he was eight months old, I went back on the road.
“I nursed him for fourteen months, so I would literally do my hair and makeup, go back to the bus, nurse him, put him down, and walk out onstage. And I did that for 100 shows.”
But she adds that some of her biggest accomplishments have come at home, with musician and husband of 10 years Gavin Rossdale. “You feel proud,” she says.
“There are just so many rewards that come with it. You have to work at it. But, actually, it’s fun to get to this point. Because you learn so much about somebody. It’s like these wars that go on and then you kind of get through it to the other side, and it’s like, Wow.
“And obviously, you get stronger. And then having kids takes the whole relationship to another place. It is the ultimate collaboration. Both of us have such strong opinions about how it should be, and it’s really fun to do it together,” she said.
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