In partnership with Pandora
Iris Gold has an infectious sense of optimism that can't help but make you smile. She's joyous spirit, a mother, partner and musician - one intensely passionate about her craft. She's currently recording her second album and she'll be touring again in September.
But it's the role of mother and the job of motherhood that has given Gold perhaps her most profound learnings. As a face of Pandora's Exploration of Love study and series, Gold joins Helena Christensen and Pernille Teisbaek to share the ways in which motherhood has changed her - and how it's helped her to be the most confident version of herself. In honour of Pandora's study, she tells us about her own self care rituals and why being a mother has calmed her world.
What is the first thing we should know about you?
I’m a mother, girlfriend, daughter and a dope ass artist! I make hip hop, music you can dance, cry and make love to.
What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
Giving birth. My gosh, three days in labour! I felt like an Olympian gold medallist. I thought I was going to have a super organic, bathtub-sipping-some-raspberry-tea kind of birth, but it didn’t go like that.
Has motherhood changed your world?
Completely. It has calmed me down in areas that needed calming and given me more fire where there was already a bonfire. And it has brought me the truest, purest, most beautiful kind of love.
Has becoming a mother made you more confident?
Definitely! I don’t care as much about what other people think. I trust my own instincts way more; I mean I created a human and I feel like a bad ass. The unconditional love between me and my baby has given me such a grounding and such a boost in my belief in myself.
How do you look after yourself? What are your self-care rituals?
I try to meditate every day and perform yoga, a little 20-minute flow every other day. It really goes a long way to have a little breathing focus and helps me to not get too overwhelmed during the day, because I know I will get my time out, a little me time.
What energises you? What gives you drive and creative inspiration?
I must say becoming a mother has given me so much creative energy. Its really cool even though I’m exhausted because of breastfeeding and getting up during the night. It may be because I have less time for studio work now, so when I am there I’m fully there and present in what I’m doing. No time for slacking because I’ve got to get back to my bubba.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Whatever makes you different is what makes you special so f*ck fitting in.
What are you looking forward to in the future?
I am currently in the Bahamas recording my second album with Dave Stewart from the Eurhythmics, and I just can’t wait for the world to hear what we have been cooking. I am excited to start touring again in September. And most of all, to watch in awe as my baby grows and learns new things. I love him so much.