The cigarette is just a symbol of stress and a 'removable' accessory (smoking Momma is purely optional).
Like I said above...the single mother BEGAN as a tribute and was then adopted as an icon for me to play with. Not every manifestation of her is necessarily a tribute. The service she provides as imagery fluctuates for me based on the work at hand.
In this case, I see this toy as an urban, modern day Venus / Fertility Statue somewhat like the Venus of Willendorf shown below...
Fertility statues have been found all over the world spanning 7,000 years...some interesting stuff about african fertility statues:
"One of the most essential elements of tribal survival is the ability for its female members to successfully conceive and bear strong healthy children. The male villagers and hierarchy must provide a stable enough environment for this to be accomplished. Despite best efforts African women have had to endure the rigor of child bearing and rearing while living under circumstances that most of us would consider incredible. Rightly so, African history, social morality and ceremonial practice dictates that the role of mother be looked upon with honor, respect, great pride and endless admiration. In tribute, one of the most prevalent reoccurring themes found in African art is that of motherhood."
As for the real Venus...
"Venus was a major Roman goddess principally associated with love and beauty, the rough equivalent of the Greek goddess Aphroditi.
Venus became a popular subject of painting and sculpture during the Renaissance period in Europe. As a "classical" figure for whom nudity was her natural state, it was socially acceptable to depict her unclothed. As the goddess of sexual healing, a degree of erotic beauty in her presentation was justified, which had an obvious appeal to many artists and their patrons. Over time, venus came to refer to any artistic depiction of a nude woman, even when there was no indication that the subject was the goddess."
All of this is fitting to my figures...Your Momma and Zulu Queen could be considered a satirical rendition of what would be today's fertility statues...ya know?
Okay, I'm totally ranting now.