This year, we have witnessed so many women fearlessly rising up and speaking up for themselves and others. To keep the momentum going, we compiled a few of our favorite empowering quotes from some of the most successful women who have pioneered the way for females in the fashion industry. Whether you tape them to your mirror or chant the phrases to yourself, they’re a surefire way to remind you that women can do anything. So if you’re in search of motivation to keep following your dreams, keep reading for nine seriously inspiring quotes from leaders in the field.
You know, being a woman, we are often put in a box and are expected to act a certain way. Instead of being supportive of each other, we get compared to and often times feel the need to compete against one another. Because I grew up with a sister and a group of strong women around me, even as a little girl I always knew that other women weren’t my competition. Instead of being against them, I stand amongst them and love to be around other strong women.
— Aimee Song, Founder of Song of Style blog
In today’s world, you have to interact. You can’t be some difficult shy person who is not able to look somebody in the face; you have to present yourself. You have to know how to talk about your vision your focus and what you believe in.
— Anna Wintour, Editor-in-chief of American Vogue
If you’re frustrated because you’re not getting what you want, stop for a second: Have you actually flat-out asked for it? If you haven’t, stop complaining. You can’t expect the world to read your mind. You have to put it out there, and sometimes putting it out there is as simple as just saying, ‘Hey, can I have that?‘
— Sophia Amoruso, Founder of Nasty Gal and author of #Girlboss
Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset.
— Sara Blakely, Founder of Spanx
For a woman to have credibility, they have to work three times more than a man. I sit on the board of directors, I’m the only woman! And I dress some of the most powerful women in the world. So, I think I’m a feminist. I show to women, you can do it.
— Dontella Versace, Fashion Designer
We may live in an age of instant messaging, instant gratification, and Instagram, but there is no way to short circuit success. It takes hard work, tenacity, and patience…If it doesn’t scare you, you’re probably not dreaming big enough.
— Tory Burch, Fashion Designer
I find it better to focus on what’s in front of you and to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
— Mary-Kate Olsen, Fashion Designer
Don’t be afraid to take risks, well-informed risks.
— Ashley Olsen, Fashion Designer
Clothes aren’t going to change the world, the women who wear them will.
— Anne Klein, Fashion Designer
What quotes inspire you the most? Let us know in the comments below!
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