Mum’s the word

In her first fash­ion shoot and in­ter­view since giv­ing birth, Cheyenne Tozzi tells Stel­lar about why she kept her preg­nancy a se­cret, ig­nor­ing the crit­ics and just how heated the baby-name de­bate got

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In her first in­ter­view since giv­ing birth to new­born daugh­ter Dahlia de la Lune, model and mu­si­cian Cheyenne Tozzi says she’s happy to ig­nore the crit­ics – and even hap­pier the baby-name de­bate is over.

Cheyenne Tozzi doesn’t need any birth­day presents when she turns 30 in De­cem­ber this year – she’s al­ready re­ceived the best gift of all. “I’ve got a big baby present,” she tells Stel­lar in a tone of eu­pho­ria and tired­ness so fa­mil­iar to ev­ery new par­ent.

Nine weeks ago, the Aus­tralian model and mu­si­cian gave birth to her first child, a girl named Dahlia de la Lune. She and part­ner Mar­lon Teix­eira, also a model, went “back and forth a mil­lion times” over what they would call their new ar­rival.

“We had so many names. Then I think when you start to ask peo­ple, ‘Oh, what do you think? Oh, what do you think?’ it starts to get re­ally messy. So we kept this [name]. She looks like a lit­tle flower,” Tozzi says af­fec­tion­ately as her daugh­ter hic­cups in the back­ground.

Her preg­nancy and Dahlia’s birth were kept tightly un­der wraps, in part due to a po­ten­tial health prob­lem: Tozzi’s rhe­sus neg­a­tive blood type put Dahlia at pos­si­ble risk. For­tu­nately, ev­ery­thing went smoothly and the newly minted fam­ily of three is “re­ally good”.

“Dahlia is beau­ti­ful and healthy and strong, and get­ting fat­ter by the sec­ond. Mar­lon’s do­ing re­ally well. She loves her dad very much. She al­ways laughs at him. It’s in­cred­i­ble. It’s a… trip, if I can say any word. It just throws you. It has been such an amaz­ing learn­ing curve for the two of us. Hats off to women who have five chil­dren!”

While many moth­ers with new­borns would baulk at re­turn­ing to work so soon, Tozzi has no such qualms – with a few con­di­tions. “I think be­cause I was so re­laxed and at home [in Syd­ney’s Cronulla], dur­ing my preg­nancy, I was like, ‘ Yep, ready to go as soon as she’s out!’ I’m tak­ing it very easy. She’s [my] pri­or­ity. So I’m do­ing lit­tle bits and pieces that are nice for me. I’m not back back out there, run­ning around.”

Pho­tog­ra­phy DAMIAN BEN­NETT Styling IRENE TSO­LAKAS In­ter­view ADRI­ENNE TAM

Tozzi, who be­gan work­ing as a model at eight years old, was per­haps des­tined for the trade given her fam­ily back­ground. Her mother Yvonne is a re­tired model and older sis­ter Tahyna is a model and ac­tor. All three live within min­utes of one an­other in Cronulla. Whether or not lit­tle Dahlia grows up and con­tin­ues the legacy is an­other story.

“That’s up to her to de­cide. She can choose what she wants to do. I don’t want to push her at all into any­thing,” Tozzi says firmly, be­fore adding: “I don’t have any bad mem­o­ries of mod­el­ling. I got in su­per young, but I still have a good head on me. Mar­lon too started quite young.”

After 22 years in the in­dus­try, she’s more than qual­i­fied to com­ment on the changes she has seen. “I think ev­ery­body’s feel­ing a lot more com­fort­able within their own skin, and just get­ting out there on In­sta­gram and all those kinds of things. The brands are fol­low­ing and sup­port­ing ev­ery kind of woman and ev­ery kind of per­son,” she says. “It’s grown a lot since I’ve started. I’m not that old! A lot has changed, but I think it’s all for the bet­ter.”

That could al­most be her per­sonal mantra: Tozzi is big on be­ing the best ver­sion of your­self and turn­ing a deaf ear to de­trac­tors – es­pe­cially those who would make neg­a­tive as­sump­tions and judge­ments about mod­els with am­bi­tions in mu­sic.

“I don’t re­ally care, that’s the thing. I like singing. I think it’s al­ways been my lit­tle relief for when I was trav­el­ling the world and writ­ing and do­ing all that kind of stuff. I mean sure, peo­ple are like ‘Shut up’ and ‘She’s a model’ and what­ever, but I don’t care. Ev­ery­one’s al­lowed to do what they want in life.”

Now, what the model, mu­si­cian and mother re­ally wants to do is “raise a beau­ti­ful, po­lite young lady. I just want to be happy. I want to travel a bit [her first trip with Dahlia was to New York, where Tozzi lived for 10 years] and have a nice new year with her. Un­til she’s a hor­ri­ble teenager! Un­til she’s mean to me. I have so much more re­spect for my mum now,” Tozzi says re­flec­tively. “This whole process, it’s like: ‘OK, I get it.’”

“I want to raise a beau­ti­ful, po­lite young lady”

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