PHOTOGRAPHER: JENNA PEFFLEY
Supermodel Mom: Angela Lindvall
PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT: NICK TOOMAN
HAIRSTYLIST: MICHAEL KANYON
MAKEUP ARTIST: ELIE MAALOUF
BY SACHA STREBE
Supermodel Mom: Angela Lindvall
It’s midway through our scenic, windy drive miles away from the bustling chaos of L.A.’s impossible traffic that I realize exactly why supermodel and mom Angela Lindvall escaped to the heart stirring hills of Topanga Canyon. You can really breathe up here. “I’ve been here for 12 years,” she explains as she peers across the seven-acre property that surrounds her two-story Spanish style home.
“I love that I can live in a small country town in the middle of Los Angeles. It’s a little vortex here. I love being in the middle of nature. I love that I know the locals. Everyone is pretty laid back here. It’s a very special place. I don’t plan on going anywhere soon. My roots are in the ground.” And who could blame her?
BALANCE IS EVERYTHING. WE ALL WANT TO FEEL LIKE WE HAVE PURPOSE.
As Lindvall walks us through the vibrant bohemian interior, we all feel the calming energy and peaceful spirit this house embodies. The model mom wanted it to “feel magical, whimsical, and very homey.” She definitely nailed the brief, but that’s also because Lindvall took her time. It’s taken 10 years for her to cultivate this space, slowly collecting pieces from around the world, renovating areas, and changing things around. “I like the idea of layers, of time and stories,” she explains. “Antiques along with modern pieces. Things that mimic nature as well as an artisan feel. It’s a space you want to live in, spend time in, explore, and really relax. It feels like a vacation home.”
DON’T LIVE IN FEAR. WHEN WE TRUST, WE ARE ALWAYS TAKEN CARE OF.
At face value, it seems like a very charmed life, but don’t let the airbrushed pages fool you. Lindvall, 39, fell pregnant young. She gave birth to her first son in 2002. Balancing motherhood with a demanding career has definitely been challenging, but as Lindvall tells us, you really have to trust the process. “Follow your gut, always,” she says. “The beauty of becoming a mother is this new instinct you have. I always urge a new mother to trust. If you can, try and take off as much time in the first year as you possibly can. Or if you can change jobs, work part-time or from home, maybe budget heavily for a year. It goes by so fast, it’s such a big change, and you never get that time back. Don’t live in fear. When we trust, we are always taken care of.” And ain’t that the truth.
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS HAVING HEALTHY COMMUNICATION AND TRUST. I WANT THEM TO KNOW THEY CAN TALK TO ME ABOUT ANYTHING
WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT THEY HAVE TO MAKE THEIR OWN MISTAKES. THIS IS HOW THEY GROW AND LEARN.
While it sounds like Lindvall has it all together, she isn’t immune to life’s ebb and flow of highs and lows. She’s made her fair share of mistakes along the way too. But the key is to learn from them. Her advice? “Be careful who you fall in love with,” she admits. “We can love a lot of people, but not everyone is a good partner for us. It’s best to find someone who aligns with similar morals and belief systems and has similar interests so that you can enjoy life together. I also learned perception is everything. What we choose to focus on becomes our experience. So now I am careful to direct my mind toward things I want to create, not the things I’m afraid of.”
We all know that being a parent to a baby or toddler is physically demanding (and exhausting), but perhaps one of the hardest things about being a mom is when your kids grow up. As Lindvall enters the teenage phase of her sons’ lives, she agrees that imagining them leaving the nest isn’t something that’s talked about often, and we may feel unprepared when it comes around. “It’s true,” she laments. “I watch old videos of when my boys were sweet little innocent beings. Now, sometimes, they get annoyed with me or don’t want my attention anymore. I also watched them change dramatically over a matter of a year or two.”
One benefit of having older children is that she has more time to herself. Now she can dedicate that to projects she’s passionate about, such as the Article 22 collaboration we mentioned earlier. “I really liked what Article 22 was doing by taking melted-down shrapnel from war and turning it into jewelry,” she says. “I chose the mantra ‘I Am Love, I Am Light, I Am Peace’ to engrave onto the shrapnel to spread a message of peace. I like the concept of ‘Peace Begins in Me,’ so that’s what I named the collection.” The design incorporates sacred geometry in gold or silver, which is layered on top of the shrapnel. “It looks really pretty with the layered effect,” says Lindvall. “I also like the mantra facing toward the person wearing it, like a personal message or reminder. Sacred geometry is something I have always been interested in. It’s the Fibonacci sequence. It’s the perfection of man and nature. It’s what connects all of us. It’s mathematics and music. It’s everything. It’s creation. I figured, what better design to represent transformation and peace?” We couldn’t agree more