Lara Worthington on What Keeps Her Marriage Strong
@laraworthington Image: Darren McDonald
Styling: Rachel Wayman
You could say Lara Worthington is one of our most prized national treasures. Since sparking international attention over ten years ago, the natural beauty has propelled her career to new heights traversing the modelling and television industries, and becoming a mother, wife and beauty entrepreneur—as well as establishing herself as style icon for many.
In celebration of her 30th birthday, Lara covers Elle Australia’s latest issue, where she has penned an honest essay detailing the process of growing up and letting go, what keeps her marriage strong and her thoughts on motherhood. As a friend of luxury house Christian Dior, the Château de La Colle Noire—a former residence of monsieur Dior himself—made the perfect backdrop for the accompanying shots of Lara.
Here's what she had to say.
on her marriage
“Meeting Sam is when things really changed for me. Until then, I never really trusted anyone entirely. When I was younger, I think maybe I’d try to impress a person by adapting to their ways, but with Sam, from the get-go, I was just myself. I wasn’t trying to be anyone else and I think that’s the basis for a strong relationship.”
“Sam is present. Sam’s different in that he doesn’t use social media, it’s just not where he spends his time. If he’s on the internet, he’s not looking at other people’s lives. When I first met him, I was nervous and I’d be like, ‘Don’t read anything, you might get pulled away,’ because there was a lot of crap. And he was like, ‘I don’t even know what you’re talking about.’”
on being a mum
“As much as I flourished after meeting Sam, it was having Rocket and being a first-time mum that made me realise there’s a bigger world out there than just Lara. It wasn’t just about me anymore, there are three other people with me now.”
“When I’m making choices, it always about what’s best for them. Motherhood shifts your way of thinking—there’s this big, universal understanding like you are apart of something bigger. Having children is the antidote to selfishness.”
on being a feminist
“I’m more tuned in to the goings on in the world since living in America and having children. I was pregnant through the recent Presidential election so I got very into it. Remembering that our children are a collection of who we are and what we’re teaching them, I’m always trying to better myself and learn more so that I can ensure I give them the best guidance. I definitely consider myself a feminist. I love Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter. It’s so brilliant and supportive of women—just reading other women’s stories brings solace and inspiration.”
on how she handles gossip
“Being portrayed in a different way to what I knew the truth to be was always a challenge for me. I’d read something and it was like I was reading about someone else; It was a creation of a person, not the real me. I think for a long time I’d overcompensate by trying to control it but mostly it made things appear worse. I don’t blame anyone else, but I was young and naive in the sense that I was always talking on other people’s opinions. Back then I didn’t know how to push forward my own path—I sought guidance and hoped I was being led in the right direction.”
On living without regrets
“I definitely know how far I’ve come and there is plenty more to do. Even at the time of Being Lara Bingle I knew it wasn’t going to be my proudest chapter in life. I can reminisce with Sam and laugh about it. I might think, ‘Gosh, I could have done that differently,‘ but I'm, not a regretful person. With all the things in life, one day you’ll look back and realise they were somehow meant to be. Live and learn. I’m a big believer in that.”
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For the more imagery and the full interview and shoot, head to Elle Australia.