Every successful woman knows their beauty without having to look in a mirror. You can be pretty, yet pretty smart, and pretty damn kickass. Here’s what some of today’s most influential femme fatales tell themselves everyday (and what you should too).
“At the end of the day, helping people is how you help yourself grow.”
Elizabeth Arden’s president is a Singaporean woman who runs the global beauty empire with a perfectly manicured fist. Besides her tenacity and integrity, she credits her success to her love for people. She cares for her team so much that when her female colleagues go on maternity leave, she makes not calling in a KPI and docks their bonuses if they check up on work.
What we can learn from JuE: Always save the credit for your peers, especially in the corporate environment. The kindness you give out always comes back full circle. “People and relationships are what matter most at the end of the day.”
“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
At age 15, Malala was shot in the head by Taliban soldiers on the way to school. But instead of being known as the girl who was shot, she is known as the girl who stood up. Despite the Taliban’s ongoing threats after she survived the shooting, Malala continues to speak up against the Taliban’s ban on educating girls. Her activism resulted in her being the youngest person who has stood on stage to accept the Nobel Peace Prize at age 17. Her lifelong commitment to supporting education for girls around the world is nothing short of inspiring.
What we can learn from one of our generation’s bravest hearts is to always know who you are, and listen to your own voice.
“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.”
Growing up as a poor African-American in the 60’s, Oprah overcame not just poverty but also multiple sexual assaults. Since her swift rise to fame in the early 80’s, Oprah has been continually building her multi-media empire and is listed by Forbes as the first black female billionaire in history. Yet she still strives to perfect her personal brand. She has never seen herself as a “poor deprived ghetto girl who made good.” Instead, somebody who “from an early age, knew [she] was responsible for herself and had to make good.”
“I know what I want.”
In an interview with Elle, Posh Spice repeated her mantra seven times in 20 minutes. It must work, since aside from being one of UK’s most celebrated fashion designers, she’s also a mother of four, and a wife to football star David Beckham. Take a leaf out of V.B’s book and remind yourself everyday of your goals. Never mind the people that don’t matter!
“Make your life what you want it to be.”
Kate Sommerville is an entrepreneur and a best-selling author. She owns an eponymous skincare line and it is now a household name in the beauty industry.
Things weren’t handed to her on a silver platter, growing up, she had an alcoholic mother who eventually left the family when she was just 9. In an interview with MyDomaine, Kate Sommerville revealed that she had found a lifelong mentor in one of her previous boyfriend’s mother, who told her she could either dwell on her difficult childhood and be miserable, or make her life what she wanted it to be. It is clear which path she chose.
“Take your heart to work and ask the most and best of everybody else.”
Everybody loves ‘overrated’ Meryl Streep. Well, everybody except Donald Trump.
The whole of Hollywood adores her so much that at the Oscars this year, she got a standing ovation from every single celebrity in the arena for simply being Meryl Streep. In an interview with Oprah way back in 2003, Nicole Kidman confessed that Streep was the reason why she became an actress. At work, she demands a hundred percent from everyone and a hundred and ten percent from herself. With a work ethic like that, it’s no wonder Streep is one of the world’s most revered performers.
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