Celebrate Women With These Empowering Quotes | Clozette

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We celebrated International Women's Day last week, but we say women should be celebrated daily. So if you're feeling a little low and need something to cheer you up, or if you're looking for some inspiration just because, here are some quotes that will get you going and feel great to be a woman.


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"I raise up my voice — not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back." ― Malala Yousafzai 



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Malala Yousafzai is an empowering woman that should be on your list of role models. It takes great courage for someone in Yousafzai's position to speak out and tell the world what she is enduring, but she does so with admirable strength. But sometimes the issue doesn't have to be grand. Maybe you feel like you're being taken advantage of or perhaps you're in a situation you no longer want to be in. Speak up! There's nothing wrong with saying what you want and how you feel.


"Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in." ―Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 



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The world has been male-dominated for a long, long time, and it's up to women to make a stand and say we're not here to just support men. We can do that, but we are also our own people. Society ingrained in our minds the idea that we should always be agreeable to men, but take it from novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – don't let any man dull your shine.

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"You don't have to be pretty. You don't owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don't owe it to your mother, you don't owe it to your children, you don't owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked 'female.'" —Erin McKean 



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Don't get us wrong; we love all things beauty. But as much as we love pampering ourselves and feeling good about looking good, we believe that it is not the end-all and be-all of our lives. Beauty and intelligence are not mutually exclusive. You can be pretty and intelligent, but don't make prettiness your life goal. If you do, make sure you do it for you.


“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” ― Coco Chanel 



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A powerful woman not just in the world of fashion, Coco Chanel got “I am strong through and through” down pat. Never one to shy away to speak for herself, she excelled in the industry she pursued. Aside from Chanel's elegance, we love how she has nuggets of wisdom that we're more than willing to practise. So go ahead and think for yourself, and don't be guilty about it.



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"The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me." – Ayn Rand



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Never let anyone tell you that you can't do something that you're so passionate about. Sometimes their words are projections of their fears, and you don't have to be stunted by someone else's idea of what and who you are supposed to be. 


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Looking for more inspiration? Here's a list of women that are role models.


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In a world where everything is so fast-paced, finding your own voice, your own place, and your own style add up to the millions of things that you worry about as a modern-day woman. It can look petty when compared to other problems, such as juggling your daily roles, combating stress from work, etc., but it can prove to be much more significant than you think. 


Finding your own style gives you an opportunity to express yourself in a way that nobody else can. It is an extension of yourself and the self that you present to the outside world. It also serves as the perfect armour for a trouble-filled day. 


So if you feel like you haven't found a style you can completely call your own, here's a little message from us to you. 


We work at different paces



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Fashion trends come and go, but style is more of a way of life. We can feel constricted by certain factors such as budget, daily routines, school or workplace dress codes, etc., but the thing is, it is work in progress. No one's born into being stylish, and the word itself is completely subjective. Try as much as possible to focus on looks that make you feel comfortable and work your way from there. Never compromise your own comfort for something that you don't feel like your full self in — that is the essence of style. 


Embrace a look you identify with



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Rules? There are none but there are a few guidelines when it comes to fashion. Take a piece of fashion advice that you feel okay with, and chuck out those that aren't your cup of tea. The industry needs to catch up to years of fashion reinvention, considering that it has only started to become inclusive. So ladies, whatever floats your boat, you have the upper hand when it comes to choosing how you want to dress.


Find an icon



Not a fan of supermodels? No problem. Finding your style icon is all about having someone as a reference, whether they're a celebrity, a fictional character, or even someone you personally know, like your mum or your punk sister. Experimenting and going through phases before you find a style that you can completely call your own is a fun and exciting process. And hey, everyone had to base their style on someone else's — it doesn't make you look less unique. 

What you think matters



At the end of the day, what you consider 'stylish' is completely up to you. You don't have to compare each and everything you try on to someone else's just to see if the boot fits. It's all about being the best version of yourself no matter what outfit you're wearing. Don't even bother about the price tag too; $1 or $1000, as long as you're confident in what you're wearing, style — and elegance — will come by your side naturally. 


Everyone has had their fair share of style dilemmas. Read on how some of our Clozette Ambassadors overcame theirs

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The days are getting hotter, friends. How do you feel about the coming of spring and summer? We're having mixed feelings because we do miss the cooler breeze, but mostly we're excited about the prospect of going to beaches and doing more outdoor stuff. We're also equally excited about what's been happening in the worlds of beauty and fashion lately.


Share in our excitement as we go through the fun things that happened with the help of this week's Insider Round-up.


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A girl faces a bull



Wall Street's famous “Charging Bull” statue now has competition. A $2.5 trillion asset manager put a statue of a defiant girl in front of the bull in time for International Women's Day. The statue's message is simple but bold: There is a need for gender diversity in the workplace, especially in a male-dominated one like Wall Street. 


Milk for everyone


Wall Street is not the only place where gender is being talked about. In the world of beauty, Milk Makeup has made a statement by launching its #BlurTheLines campaign inspired by their Blur Stick.


“We're blurring the lines on the gender spectrum and exploring what individuality truly means today,” the brand said.

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Nike for Hijabi



Nike has launched a product for Muslim women. The "Pro Hijab" is an answer to Muslim women athletes' call for hijabs that fit the demands of the sports they play.


Lollipop Lips



The beauty world is constantly evolving, and trends come by the dozen. The latest thing to surface is the lollipop lips trend. Yes, they look just how you pictured them in your head — a messy stained look akin to when you eat lollipop like a kid.



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Another one for a Hadid




There's no stopping the Hadid sisters from becoming modelling powerhouses. Bella Hadid has just been named the new face of Dior Beauty.


Beautiful harmonies



From one beauty to another, here's a mesmerising rendition of the classic tune from the Beauty and the Beast by John Legend and Ariana Grande. 



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New from Downy



You can ditch the perfume when your clothes smell awesome. In time for International Women's Day, Downy launched its new and improved  Parfum Collection.  We were there to witness the unveiling, which featured Malaysian actress Scha Alyahya, Miss Vietnam 2012 Dang Thu Taho, Thai actress Araya "Chompoo" Hargate, and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach. Make sure to follow us on Instagram so you get to see new product releases with us!

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Missed last week's round-up? Get your fix here.

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