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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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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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Fashion is keeping up with the trends; style, on the other hand, is finding your own voice in the pieces you wear. But putting on an ensemble and calling it your own is no easy feat. It's all about your own personality, preferences, and hey, even budget comes into play, too! 

So the question remains: how can you find our own style? 

Don't fret! We asked Clozette Ambassadors Juliana, Samantha, Jamila, and Monica on the challenges they faced as they went on to live and breathe their own style, and they share how they overcame them. 

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Juliana


"I struggled to find my personal style in my early teens. I could be a bohemian one week and a gothic fashionista the next. Sometimes I would even wear more androgynous clothes for some added masculinity in my style.

To be honest, even to this day today, I'm still trying to find my way in creating a style I can call my own.

However, I also think that the better you know yourself, the better insight you have into what is important and what is of value to your life. Finding your own style is no different; it's about being true to yourself.

It hasn't always been easy to find a voice when there are so many intelligent and beautiful souls around, but I think I've carved a style niche for myself through my passion for life and love and all things Disney! Today, my style is largely influenced by how I feel and what inspires me.

It's okay to commit a fashion faux pas once in a while. Fashion is all about experimenting anyway. The most important thing is to be comfortable in our skin no matter what we're donning for the day. Carpe diem!"
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Samantha


"Just like other girls, I struggled with my sense of identity when I was a teenager and referred to new media to learn how to dress, act, and speak. As I grew older, I realised that conforming to societal norms do not reflect one’s true style. I believe that, first and foremost, women should be comfortable in their own skin and it is through this that they can allow their personality to shine regardless of what they’re wearing.

Choose something trendy, choose something classy, choose something casual, choose something extravagant — whatever. Just remember to own your outfits with your attitude."

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Monica


"The only struggle I encountered when it came to my personal style was that I wasn't confident enough to wear what I really like. I was afraid of what other people will say, and so I settled with plain [and safe] ensembles. But then, I overcame it by learning to love myself and my imperfections. It was then that I realised that being able to dress the way I want [by my own rules] boosted my confidence.

Fast forward to my style now, I learned to love experimental ensembles. You would mostly see me going for classy and sophisticated pieces without any more inhibitions."
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Jamila


"Style is personal. There are no rules. Style comes from knowing who you are and who you want to be, but of course, there are struggles. And to me, it was the fact that I love mixing fabrics and shapes in different ways. I like to dress up in a playful, flirty manner, and be girly with flouncy skirts and cinched waists. But sometimes, I worry about people judging me because of how dynamic my style is.

I used to encounter people staring at me as if I'm from a different planet, and their eyes are all on me, and it made me feel so conscious about myself and my style. But I told myself, hey, my business is my business. I feel like it looks good on me, and I know how to work with what I’ve got, and I’m ready to flaunt it without looking like I'm trying too hard. It made me realise that I can’t please everyone to like what I'm wearing. It's all about having confidence in knowing that you can pull off whatever it is that you're are wearing."

So to everyone, I encourage you to take risks and follow your true style to keep your wardrobe modern, fun, and exciting!"


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