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Most Powerful Moms in Pop Culture in pictures

A closer look at the Most Powerful Moms in Pop Culture.

By Leah Bourne. Edited By Helen Jonsen.

Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown

CEO

CEO

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

Children: Dylan, 21; Dakota, 19; Duke 14

Bobbi Brown graduated from Emerson College with a degree in theatrical makeup. After moving to New York to pursue a career as a freelance makeup artist Brown couldn't find makeup shades or textures that worked on a variety of complexions. She started with a collection of 10 lipsticks and the line grew from there. Bought by cosmetic powerhouse Estée Lauder in 1995 (though Brown still controls the brand) the line is now available in 45 markets and through 450 retailers. Brown ushered in a new wave in makeup that involves looking natural and like you aren't wearing anything at all. Besides running her namesake company, Brown is the Beauty Editor of NBC-TV’s Today Show, a best-selling author of several books on beauty and works regularly behind the scenes during fashion week and on photoshoots. ]CEO

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

Children: Dylan, 20; Dakota, 19; Duke, 13

Bobbi Brown graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a degree in theatrical makeup. After moving to New York to pursue a career as a freelance makeup artist, Brown couldn't find makeup shades or textures that worked on a variety of complexions. Deciding to do something about it she started with a collection of ten lipsticks in 1991 and the line grew from there. Bought by cosmetic powerhouse Estée Lauder in 1995 (though Brown still leads the brand), the line is now available in 45 markets and through 450 retailers. Brown ushered in a new wave in beauty that involves looking natural and like you aren't wearing makeup at all, which is how Brown made her mark on pop culture. Brown often says, "Women want to look and feel like themselves, only prettier and more confident." Besides running her namesake company, Brown is the Beauty Editor of NBC' s Today Show, a best-selling author of several books on beauty and continues to work regularly behind the scenes during New York fashion week and on photoshoots.

Brown's secret to staying sane? She told _Inc. _magazine, "My time is in the morning, before my family wakes up. That's when I usually exercise. It clears my head. I can be so stressed out about work that my judgment becomes clouded, and then I'll take a spin class and feel completely refocused."

Find Bobbi Brown on Twitter @AskBobbiBrown

Tina Fey

Tina Fey

[Entertainment/Literature]

Tina Fey

Writer, Actress, Producer

Children: Alice, 7, Penelope, 1

Brilliant. That’s the first adjective that pops into mind when considering Tina Fey: Golden Globe co-host, New York Times bestselling author, writer, dead-on Palin impressionist, 30 Rock producer/showrunner and film actress extraordinaire. The first woman to become head writer at Saturday Night Live, this comedy-icon mom of two paved the way for the current wave of female-driven TV comedy. But what we love most about her is how whip-smart her work is. Now focused on film roles, she stars in Admission and has an upcoming role in The Muppets…Again! We’re looking forward to the cheap thrill of cheering her on from the cheap seats.

Maria Jacquemetton

Maria Jacquemetton

Co-Executive Producer and Writer

Mad Men

Children: Luc, 12; Tia, 6

The critically acclaimed AMC show Mad Men may primarily focus on ad men in the 1960s—but there is a powerful mom working behind the scenes helping to make the show come together and that is Maria Jacquemetton. Jacquemetton has worked on shows like Star Trek: Enterprise and Baywatch as a writer. She met Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner at a writers’ support group over 20 years ago, and the two kept in touch. In 2006, when AMC bought Weiner’s script, Jacquemetton jumped on board, and the rest is pop culture history. The show has won thirteen Emmys, four Golden Globes and three Writers Guild of America Awards.

Jacquemetton, who works with her husband on Mad Men, says, “We can work all day, come home, hang out with the kids, help them with their homework, go to their soccer practice and then they can go to bed and we can just sit back in the office and go back at it. So it’s really worked out nicely for us. People always ask us how we do it, and we just don’t even want to analyze it. If you analyze it, it will stop working.”

Kris Jenner

Kris Jenner

Reality Star, Entertainment Manager, TV Producer

Children: Kourtney, 31; Kim, 30; Khloe, 26; Robert, 23; Kendall, 15; Kylie, 13

You may scoff at the Kardashian/Jenner clan as simply being famous for being famous—but “momager,” as she calls herself, Kris Jenner has turned the family into a major moneymaker—a reported $65 million just in 2010 according to the Hollywood Reporter. To put that in perspective, that is more than Sandra Bullock, Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie made in 2010 combined. And the Jenner mom is at the center of it all. She created the hit show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which began airing on the E! network in 2007 (and is now the most successful show in the network’s history), manages the careers of her six children and husband (Olympian Bruce Jenner) and has led the charge in redefining what it means to be famous today. The family has a collective 13 million Twitter followers, best-selling products and books along with endorsement deals by the truckload. You name it and likely one of the family members has their name on it. Jenner told the Hollywood Reporter in 2011, “My fantasy is to have Keeping Up With Kardashians, Season 26. Who knew it would be this profitable? I should have had more kids.”

Find Kris Jenner on Twitter @Keepinupwkris

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

Host on American Idol, Entertainer Children: Twins Max and Emme, 3 Jennifer Lopez is having a comeback in a big way. J-Lo has won new fans since becoming a judge on American Idol and has a Top 5 Single with “On the Floor.” Lopez started out as a dancer in The Bronx, New York, and got her start on screen in the television comedy show In Living Color in 1991, and in music videos. She rose to fame playing the title role in Selena, a feature film about the slain Latin singer, in 1997. Her debut album, On the 6, came out in 1999, which spawned a number one hit single and gave Lopez her reputation as a triple threat—since she could dance, sing and act. She has sold over 55 million albums worldwide and the movies she has starred in have grossed nearly $1.4 billion. She has been called the world’s most sexiest woman and the world’s most beautiful woman by various media. To her family and others she is Jenny from the Block. Lopez is married to Latin singer/actor, Marc Anthony, who is dad to Max and Emme. Lopez told Us Weekly, “What’s the best thing about being a
mom? Everything! Oh God, I could talk for a year about that!”

Madonna

Madonna

Entertainer

Children: Lourdes, 14; Rocco, 10; David, 6; Mercy James, 4

Madonna’s impact on pop culture barely needs to be recapped. Born in Bay City, Michigan, Madonna moved to New York City and released her debut album in 1983. Records and music videos for “Like a Virgin,” “Vogue,” and “Frozen” turned her into a pop culture icon. She has sold more than 300 million albums worldwide and is recognized as the world's top-selling female recording artist of all time by the Guinness Book of World Records. She has also dipped her feet into acting (some attempts have been more successful than others), and won a Golden Globe for Evita in 1996. Being at the top for over three decades isn’t easy. Madonna revealed to Elle in 2008, “I have to sleep with my BlackBerry because I often wake up in the middle of the night and remember that I've forgotten something, so I jump up and make notes.” And don’t think this mom of four is slowing down anytime soon. She headed back into the recording studio in June 2011 to begin recording her twelfth album.

Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer

Author, The Twilight Series

Children: Gabe, 11; Seth, 8; Eli, 6

Stephenie Meyer says that the idea for Twilight came to her in a dream. Meyer, who had majored in English in college, transformed the idea into a book in three months. After finding a literary agent, eight publishers competed for the publishing rights in a 2003 auction, and by November she had signed a $750,000 three-book deal with Little Brown Company. Meyer went on to shatter records as an author. She was the bestselling author in both 2008 and 2009, selling 29 million books in 2008 alone. The series has sold over 100 million copies worldwide, has been translated into 37 languages and been transformed into a blockbuster movie franchise. Besides the Twilight series, Meyer’s has written The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner and The Host. Sales figures aside, you know you are a pop culture phenomenon when your fans have a nickname—in Meyer’s case, Twi-hards. Meyer’s fans dress up like her characters and write their own stories about them posting them on the Internet.

Meyer told of her transition from full-time mom to writer in an interview with About.com, "Being a mother is about the most full-time job you can have. And I have three little boys and there was no time to do something else, but I was obsessed with it [writing] from the first day. I’d painted before. I’d done a couple of other little creative endeavors. It felt good to be creative but it wasn’t completely fulfilling. And then writing, it was like I just found it. Like you just found your favorite flavor of ice cream, all of a sudden there it is.”

Amy Pascal

Amy Pascal

Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group

Child: Anthony, 12

Amy Pascal is considered to be one of the most important women in Hollywood. Pascal is in charge of one of the most storied and profitable movie studios in the country and holds two top posts: Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. Pascal has worked at Sony for over 20 years and has garnered a reputation as a risk taker. (Movies she spearheaded for Sony include The DaVinci Code, Superbad and Spiderman.) When Pascal learned there were over 100 hours of rehearsal footage for Michael Jackson’s ill-fated This Is It Tour, she had Sony plunk down $50 million dollars for the rights. As of March, 2010, the film has grossed over $260 million. Perhaps Pascal’s biggest pop culture contribution is her reputation for bringing Blockbuster “chick flicks” to the big screen like Sense and Sensibility and Charlie’s Angels, or as Pascal would say, movies that star powerful women. Pascal and her husband, who is a New York Times reporter, have an adopted son, a move that she says changed her life—but not in a way that slowed down her work ethic. When her son was a baby, Pascal says she moved a crib into her corner office.

Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes

Creator, Head Writer and Executive Producer

Shondra Rhimes

Creator, Head Writer and Executive Producer

Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice

Children: Harper, 8

There are surprisingly few women creators of television shows and even fewer who have created as successful a show as Grey’s Anatomy. At its peek, Grey’s was drawing upwards of 25 million viewers an episode, and the show is now entering into its eighth season. Rhimes made her directorial debut in 1998 with the short film Blossoms and Veils starring Jada Pinkett-Smith and Jeffrey Wright. She followed that up by writing the HBO movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. Rhimes penned the Grey’s Anatomy pilot in late 2003, having just adopted her daughter Harper, and received the green light to commence with the project in 2004. The series made its debut in 2005 on ABC and Rhimes went on to win the Best Drama TV Series Golden Globe award in 2007, and created the spinoff show Private Practice.

Of her decision to adopt her daughter, Harper, Rhimes told Oprah, “I'd rented a farmhouse in Vermont, and I took a navel-gazing trip to think about my life. The day after I arrived, 9/11 hit. So I was sitting in the middle of nowhere, watching the whole terrible thing unfold on CNN. When I finally turned off the television, I thought, ‘Well, if the world's going to end, what are all the things I've ever wanted to do?’ I went home and hired an adoption attorney.”

Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice

Child: Harper, 8

There are surprisingly few women creators of television shows and even fewer who have created as successful a show as Grey’s Anatomy. At its peek, Grey’s was drawing upwards of 25 million viewers an episode, and the show is now entering into its eighth season. Shonda Rhimes made her directorial debut in 1998 with the short film Blossoms and Veils starring Jada Pinkett-Smith and Jeffrey Wright. She followed that up by writing the HBO movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. Rhimes penned the Grey’s Anatomy pilot in late 2003, having just adopted her daughter Harper, and received the green light to commence with the project in 2004. The series made its debut in 2005 on ABC and Rhimes went on to win the Best Drama TV Series Golden Globe award in 2007, and created the spinoff show Private Practice.

Of her decision to adopt her daughter, Harper, Rhimes told Oprah, “I'd rented a farmhouse in Vermont, and I took a navel-gazing trip to think about my life. The day after I arrived, 9/11 hit. So I was sitting in the middle of nowhere, watching the whole terrible thing unfold on CNN. When I finally turned off the television, I thought, ‘Well, if the world's going to end, what are all the things I've ever wanted to do?’ I went home and hired an adoption attorney.”

Find Shonda Rhimes on Twitter @shondarhimes

Lauren Zalaznick

Lauren Zalaznick

Chairman Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media

NBC Universal

Children: Daughters, 15 & 13; Son, 8

Every time you plop down on the couch to watch one of your favorite TV guilty pleasures you likely have NBC Universal’s Lauren Zalaznick to thank. Zalaznick started her television career at VH1 in 1994 (think Pop-Up Video days), moved on to take over the TRIO network and joined NBC’s Bravo network in 2005, which is when she really started to make her pop culture mark. The channel had found success with the television show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, but the ratings were waning, and the network needed to do something quickly. Zalaznick took her cues from the success of that show building franchises like the Real Housewives, Top Chef and Project Runway leading the network to record-setting years. Now Zalaznick is the Chairman of Entertainment and Digital Networks and Integrated Media at Bravo’s parent company, NBC Universal Media, which also includes the Oxygen network. Media analysts predict that she is in the running to be the next head of NBC.

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