Women Are What? These Ladies Share #UnfilteredStatements | Clozette


"With great power comes great responsibility." Peter Parker may have needed this advice, but women know how to live and breathe it. Often subject to stereotypes, misconceptions, and not to mention misogyny on different levels, ladies have powered through these situations while maintaining a complex yet alluring persona filled with both grace and fierceness. So in celebration of International Women's Month in March, we reached out to amazing influencers, trailblazers, and personalities across Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines to share #UnfilteredStatements and be unapologetically themselves as they talk about their thoughts and convictions against the most common misconceptions on being a woman. 


"Women can't thrive in a 'man's' world."



Chronicling her constant adventures in the skies as a female pilot through vlogging, Chezka Gonzales proves this misconception wrong. Juggling her career with being an influencer, she also uses her voice as a women empowerment advocate to share that gender does not and should not define who you can and cannot be. 

She says: "I am a pilot, and I am a woman, conquering a man's world."

"Feminists are always angry for no reason."



Women who voice their opinions on gender equality are often branded as 'man-haters'. In fact, feminism has often been aligned with such extremities. However, yoga instructor, trainer, and blogger Anna Manalastas states otherwise. 


She says: "They're just passionate in expressing and communicating the truth that everyone is equal."


"Women don't like other women."



In a world where competition and success often go hand-in-hand, women, more than men, are expected to be pitted against each other. However, digital content creator, host and writer Jemimah James Wei breaks her silence by disproving this expectation with a single question. 


She says: "How about I just don't like people who make gender-based generalisations?"

"Women are vain."



Dress too proper, you're a prude; dress a bit too carefree, you're too liberated — women are often subject to stereotypical judgement just by the way they dress or how they put their makeup on. But influencer and entrepreneur Juliana C. Stryker proves that vanity is not always a bad thing and that women can primp themselves up and be successful all the same, no compromises needed.


She says: "I may be vain, and I love my heels. But it doesn't mean I'm superficial and lack ambition. I'm also seeking to change Singapore's healthcare landscape with my 24-hour housecall doctor service. Behind every successful woman is herself."



"Women will never be as good as men."



A common label attached to womanhood is that they are the 'lesser and weaker sex'. Men and women are often expected to take on gender roles. Boxing coach, HIIT instructor, and ACE Certified personal trainer Wen Li wants to defy expectations. 


She says: "I've seen so many women out there killin' it with whatever they choose to do. Women are strong, and women should never let anyone tell them what they can and cannot do."


"Strong women have impossibly high standards." 



Strong-willed women are often called 'snobbish', 'whiny', and even 'demanding' even at their slightest comments for improvement or perfection. A woman who wants high standards is often perceived as intimidating and even ridiculous. But why should it be? DJ, lecturer, and designer Ginette Chittick knows that juggling a lot on your plate is achievable and such require a thirst for all that's outstanding and of top-notch quality. 


She says: "Strong women are very efficient. So the rest of the world? Gotta keep up."



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If you've lived through the noughties, you'll know that synthetic leather bags was once stigmatised. They were seen as tacky, cheap and reserved only for those who can't afford 'the real thing'. But these days, with cruelty-free and sustainable movements gaining momentum, the tables have turned. Vegan leather is now a prized commodity. But even so, it's still a challenge to gain access to these alternatives. And it's partly because brands that do offer high-quality cruelty-free handbags are often under the radar. So if you're considering adopting a cruelty-free lifestyle, we've found some exceptional brands offering great alternatives that are just as luxe as leather.


Angela Roi



Established only in 2013, this young NYC-based brand has prided itself in producing premium-quality luxury handbags made with ethically sourced vegan materials. Even though they're a newcomer in the industry, Angela Roi has already garnered loyal fans. As an alternative to leather, they use EPUL (Exquisite Polyurethane Leather), which is meticulously processed to achieve that creamy 'leather' texture. In an interview with Forbes, the couple behind the brand shared their philosophy: "Love people and love animals and to make Earth a happier place to live, we have to love and protect them."


LaBante London



When we think of recycled or upcycled goods, what come to mind are artisanal hand-made products that can be found at the local farmers market. However, that's just one form of upcycling. It may seem surprising but recycled materials can also be transformed into luxury goods. LaBante London is one of the brands known for creating top-notch luxury handbags and accessories of only recycled materials. The main textile that they use is recycled polyester made from single-use plastic bottles (PET bottles). LaBante London believes that with this system, plastic dumping in landfills and oceans will be lessened, or at the very least, won't add to the problem. 


CECIL McBEE



Although not explicitly advertised as a cruelty-free label, CECIL McBEE is still a good brand for scouting animal-friendly bags. Most of their products are made from superior faux leather and cotton. If you love fresh and dainty designs, you'll be delighted with the brand's selections in playful and feminine colour palettes. Unfortunately, direct purchase from the site is only available for Japanese residents. As of now, you can buy products from retail websites or when you visit Japan.


MATT & NAT



The brand's name came from the combination of two words: material and nature. MATT & NAT believes in "living beautifully" and that means creating beautiful materials but also appreciating and respecting natural resources. From backpacks to totes, this vegan brand offers a diverse range of bag silhouettes more than other cruelty-free labels. Any minimalist would love MATT & NAT's clean and crisp aesthetic. Aside from bags, they also produce exquisite footwear and accessories that are made from various recycled materials.



Stella McCartney



A list dedicated to cruelty-free fashion labels isn't really complete without mentioning Stella McCartney — the queen of sustainable brands. A fierce advocate for ethical fashion, McCartney designs luxury pieces made from innovative and advanced materials that don't use traditional leather and fur but provide the same warmth and opulence. In 2017, she became the first recipient of the Fashion Awards Special Recognition Award For Innovation for her work in finding eco-friendly alternatives. Thinking of getting a piece from her label? Explore her small tote collection, which is a favourite among celebrities and style influencers. 


(Cover photo from: @angelaroi)


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Living in the city can be quite challenging. Here, it’s as if everything’s in fast forward and no one has time to stop. In a rush to catch time, people walk briskly and cars beat the red lights. Still, don’t let modern living kill your spark. Let these ladies from the Clozette Community show you how to live it up with their urban outfits.

 

Pleasantly pleated


A woman wearing a black off-shoulder blouse and grey pleated midi skirt is standing before the facade of an old grey building

(Photo from: wang_hx)



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