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Mothers and Daughters


Do I Do It On My Own?

I’ve been thinking about  Mothers and Daughters lately.  With graduation events and certificates recently presented from the latest Daphne Selfe Academy.  I’ve been pleased my online modelling course is improving confidence and knowledge for students from Australia, America & Europe – it’s wonderful to be useful and help.

I feel very encouraged that putting all my 66 years of modelling experience and knowhow together is getting great results for others and with feedback such as:-

  • Worth it’s weight in gold
  • I wanted to hear from the expert to improve my knowledge of the modelling industry
  • You have certainly carved a huge path that otherwise would not have been available for so many women today
  • I am honored to have had my workshop experience with you
Academy Graduation Tea at Browns Hotel, London mothers and daughters
Claire and I with two of our wonderful students at one of our Academy Graduation Teas – Browns Hotel, London

Do I Do It On My Own?

The answer is NO – I couldn’t do it without the person I call “The Model Minder” my daughter Claire.  She has been a great strength and support in having this dream of mine fulfilled. Together we have formed a lasting legacy of my work in modelling, style, fashion and wellbeing.  Claire has been responsible for all the online side of things.  The course, website and Daphne News couldn’t have happened without her.  Looking at the recently released portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with her daughter Princess Anne, along with comments from some of our academy students about our Mother & Daughter collaboration, I realise there is a bond of trust and deep understanding that has been able to develop over time.  A lifetime of growing together with many shared values and history.

Queen Elizabeth II & Princess Anne - mothers and daughters
Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th Birthday portrait with her daughter Anne, Princess Royal

From setting up the Academy with Claire, I’ve looked back at my own Mother, Irene and seen how much of who I am is from her guidance, values and example. So much of her lives on in me even though it is many years since she died at 95 years old.  I see in Claire those same values being passed on in a fresh way.  It can be something we aren’t aware of on a day to day basis and many of us don’t have the privilege of having such relationships.  Then again all too often we can look at our differences instead of all the positive areas of life where we are in agreement.  From how we conduct and express ourselves or think in ways that are second nature without consciously realising that they have been passed down through the generations.

Of course, working together can be about timing too and I’m so thankful that for Claire and I the time is now. It has been perfect for us to join forces .  I’m loving the experience and what we are creating together and hope you do too.

How has your mother or a mother figure influenced your style or confidence?

Do you see your example being passed on to the next generation with a present day twist?

Do please comment below and share with your family and friends and on social media.

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Julia Fullerton-Batten - Alone Again, Mothers and Daughters
Mothers and Daughters by Julia Fullerton-Batten – click for further information

11 thoughts on “Mothers and Daughters”

  1. Sadly my sister Tanzy and I’s mother died not too long ago from cancer; but what a wonderful piece to read. How thoughtful to acknowledge one’s daughter; to show your loving human side rather than being just a clothes hanger (though gorgeous as you are Daphne) Love, light and laughter to you and Claire. xx

  2. So sad to lose your Mama so early, Bhakti & Tanzy – sending you my condolences and big hugs. Glad you see me as more than a clothes hanger too! DX

  3. Happy Mother’s Day, Daphne and Claire!! 😊 Your workshop and my experience in it has been the best decision I ever made! I am so flattered to have the special graduation tea we shared together and listening to your views and experiences you have had over your modeling years! I believe your workshop you and Claire put together is so valuable and my privilege to have to refer back to for many years to come! You both have been so generous of your attention to detail and helped me see areas to improve on and to take caution and to be aware of. Your course motivated me and I was anxious to meet all the personal course homework and achieve the completion goals! The challenges were motivating and kept me on point and I couldn’t have done this without this course! In my youth, I was fortunate to have my parents motivating me in my passion for sewing, designing, being creative, having good posture and to follow my dreams! I still am pinching myself…engaging in your workshop, reading your book ‘The Way We Wore’, and meeting you, Daphne, was my dream come true! Thank you again and I look forward to our continued friendship! 💐🌷♥️👌🏽😘😘😘

  4. I lost my mama when I was 15. I am now 66 years old and it seems like yesterday that she passed. She was my safe place, my rock, my everything. I have been through so much and I always wonder how my life would have been had she stayed with me longer. I love and miss her so very much, everyday of my like. I envy those who have had their mamas most of their lives. They are so lucky.

  5. Irene, Thank you for your kind comments. Daphne and I have loved getting to know you during the Academy and are looking forward to seeing your career and life continue to blossom. We look forward to our continued friendship too – you are definitely part of Daphne’s Model Family now! Claire x

  6. Oh Janie, life can be harsh and all we can do is be the best we can be in our circumstances. I’m sure you are doing your Mama proud and being everything she would have wanted you to be.

  7. I am about to be 60, and have never colored my hair, or used Botox, fillers etc. I started going grey around 35…but was so fortunate to come from a long line of independent minded women….i remember my Hungarian great grandmother Hermine with her long white braid twisted up on top of her head…my grandmother Lillian with her short grey curls, and my mother, Ellen ( 83) with her elegant–now all white pixie cut. None of them colored their hair..but all were stylish and beautiful. None of them tried to disguise their natural aging processes,but they did do all they could to live healthy and love filled lives. I have been admiring photos of you for many years, looking to you as one of the inspirations for how to age gracefully and elegantly. It’s still pretty difficult to find glamorous and intelligent public role models for aging. Many other nations seem to do it better than we Americans. I love Maggie Smith. I love Helen Mirren. I love Judy Dench. I love Angela Farmer. I am grateful to my great grandmother, grandmother and mother. It’s such a pleasure to observe you and see how you are navigating your life. thank you:)

  8. Dear Daphne,

    I am so glad for your inspiration and that people can be active and creative and lively at an older age! That fills me with hope, and reminds me that we have to thank God for good genes!

  9. Claire what are you up to? This somehow landed on my Hotmail!
    Is this you Claire Trigger that I know?

  10. It is! I’m working with my inspiring Mother, Daphne – do you like the website? Just off to an amazing castle in Scotland for the weekend where I’m going to interview Daphne at Tea. Lots of love & we must speak soon. Claire XX

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