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Anna Lahey

Anna Lahey: “Motherhood Is The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Loved.”

At just 25 years old, Anna Lahey founded Vida Glow, a “crazy idea” that has since grown to become the world’s number one marine collagen brand. We sat down with Anna at her home to talk business, family, and what it’s really like working with your husband.

Anna Lahey lives in Sydney, Australia, with her partner Kieran and four children: Teddy (6), Henry (5), Beatrice (3), and Albert (8 months). From a young age, Anna always knew she wanted to become a mother. 

“I was that little girl that took her pram and dolly everywhere,” Anna tells The Inarra. “I always dreamed of having five children with big family Christmases and lots of grandkids. I romanticised family and motherhood.”

“Everything about me changed when I became a mother. I’m more vulnerable, my motivations are different, and I have a much stronger affinity with other women,” she continues. “But perhaps the greatest change is the shift in my perspective. I don’t sweat the small stuff anymore.” 

But the journey to parenthood wasn’t easy for Anna and Kieran. “Like a typical millennial I’ve lived in a world of instant gratification, so when I decided I was ready to become a mum at 26, I was shocked and frustrated that it didn’t just happen.” 

“Like so many women from my generation, I was put on the pill at 16 for heavy periods and pimples. After ovulation tracking and fertility drugs, I took a break and fell pregnant whilst on holiday. It was an awakening for me as a woman to be more in tune with my body and aware of my fertility, menstrual cycles, moods, and hormones.”

This innate interest in health and wellbeing is the driving force behind Vida Glow. From an early age, Anna has been “hungry” for success. So it was only natural that her and partner Kieran’s Australian start-up would become a multi-million-dollar business in less than a decade.

“I live and breathe my career every single day, and as all-consuming as that may seem, I don’t know any different,” Anna says. “I’m proud of the investment we’ve poured into scientific studies, clinical trials, consumer trials, and research. We’ve paved the way for education in ingestible beauty.”

“I definitely navigated an identity crisis after becoming a mother. Who I was was tied into my work, but everything is so different now. I’m raising human beings and I take that responsibility very seriously. I’m learning about being a caregiver, an entertainer, and an educator."
Anna Lahey

Anna wears YSL blouse and Samsoe Samsoe pants

Anna Lahey

Anna wears Victoria Beckham blouse and The Row pants

Anna’s determination to succeed is something that runs in the family. In 1994, she emigrated from Brazil to Australia with her parents and sister, where she watched her mother and father struggle to make ends meet.

“They had to learn a new language, work two jobs, and leave their families behind on the other side of the world. As a parent myself, I can’t even begin to imagine what my mother went through, it must have been very isolating,” Anna says. “From a young age, I was aware that my parents worked hard to give my sister and I the opportunities that we wouldn’t have had, had they not moved to Australia, and this created a lot of pressure for me to do well at school.” 

Since its inception in 2014, Vida Glow has risen to meteoric heights and is now stocked in some of the world’s leading department stores, from Selfridges to Sephora. One of the first ingestible brands on the market, its success lies in Vida Glow’s hero Natural Marine Collagen range, a clinically proven peptide powder that stimulates collagen production.

But juggling the demands of work and parenthood can be difficult, especially when your husband is your business partner and CEO. 

“One of the most common questions I’m asked is: ‘How do you work with your husband?’ And the truth is, I love it! When I’m down, or in the trenches of postpartum, he’s my biggest support,” Anna says. “Kieran is always behind the camera or in the audience cheering me on. We have a shared vision, and our personal and business partnership is what gets me through the hard times.”

“I definitely navigated an identity crisis after becoming a mother. Who I was was tied into my work, but everything is so different now,” she says. “I’m raising human beings and I take that responsibility very seriously. I’m learning about being a caregiver, an entertainer, and an educator. I lay awake at night thinking about all the challenges that come with motherhood and sometimes it can feel all consuming.”

Anna Lahey

Anna wears Victoria Beckham blouse and The Row pants

Anna Lahey

Anna wears YSL blouse and Samsoe Samsoe pants

Since becoming a mother, Anna’s wardrobe has also undergone a notable shift. There has been a gravitation towards more minimalist, classic pieces that will stand the test of time. Hanging in her closet right now? 

For Vida Glow HQ, she looks to Alexander McQueen, The Row, and Australian brands Leo Lin and Mossman. On off-duty days? “Unfortunately or fortunately, I can’t make my mind up on this, I wear a lot of Lululemon,” she says. “But I do love a fabulous party dress!”

With the end of the year quickly approaching, Anna is spending lots of time with her family and is busy working on exciting projects at Vida Glow that we’ll be able to learn more about very soon.  

“We have a lot of new product developments launching,” Anna teases. “We’re really pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the world of ingestible beauty.”

“And, of course, there are four beautiful little people in my life that I’m lucky enough to see grow and learn,” she adds. “I can’t control the world they live in, but I’m trying my best to raise open-minded, kind, and happy children. I don’t strive for them to be extraordinary – just good people, with lots of love to give. Motherhood is a wild ride. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever loved.”

 

Words by Danielle Fowler | Photography by Kaitlyn Bosnjak

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