Wise words from Lady Gaga, Jane Fonda, Victoria Beckham and more.
In honour of International Women’s Day, we dug up a collection of honest, bold and inspirational quotes by some of our favourite women in the past pages of FASHION. We bow down to their confidence, uniqueness and determination.
“Getting older opens you up to the unexpected. It makes you more spontaneous because you aren’t so affected by the world. You’ve built your own world up and have your own taste, so everyone else’s taste isn’t so imposing.” — Joni Mitchell, May 2015
“For young women who look like me, it’s important for them to see a reflection of themselves in the media. It’s also essential to show young women that beauty is all kinds of things. To see the same type of woman over and over again…that can weigh on the psyche.” – Zoë Kravitz, February 2018
“People are always there to look after your hair and your makeup; what’s not to like? What’s hard is going back to real life. You have to clean up the dog shit and pay attention to your grandchildren.” — Jane Fonda on attending the Cannes Film Festival, September 2013
“As a model, you have periods when you are definitely insecure, simply because you are constantly surrounded by people who don’t even realize that they’re criticizing the way you look. It’s very hard not to take that personally. Anyone who says they don’t is probably lying.” — Daria Werbowy, May 2011
“I said, ‘If I throw up, just tell them it’s performance art.’” — Lady Gaga on how nervous she was on the Mugler runway, August 2011
“I’m not afraid of walking down the street in something that people think is crazy. What I can’t stand is looking like everybody else.” — Mary-Kate Olsen, March 2009
“The judgment that is put on women for how we look is crazy. If you’re looking bad, you have to cover up. If you’re looking good, you’ve done something or made a deal with the devil.” — Olivia Munn, May 2016
“I’m very against cosmetic surgery. Subjecting yourself to all that pain just to make yourself look a few years younger is madness…as Coco Chanel reportedly said, Nothing makes a women look so old as desperately trying hard to look young.” — Iris Apfel, May 2012
“If me speaking my mind about something that I think really matters is going to take a part away from me, then that’s not a part that I want. Those aren’t people I want to work with.” – Constance Wu, September 2018
“I don’t believe in the usual message that you have to be young, thin and blonde to make it or be considered beautiful. That is too limiting to me.” — Isabella Rossellini, Summer 2014
“I come from a pop group and I’m married to a soccer player, so the odds of me making it in a completely different industry weren’t great.” — Victoria Beckham on facing a major career switch, Summer 2008