While every month should be about celebrating women, here at Urban List, March marks Future Is Female month and we’re going all out to inspire you. And what better way to do that that round up life advice from some of our fave celebs, activists and world leaders.
Print these out, pin them on your vision board or your fridge, and prepare to be inspired.
Celeste Barber On Building Confidence
“We should all feel confident about ourselves, but so much focus is on the wrong fucking stuff. I focus on who I am and how I make people feel. How I look is the least interesting part of me,” the comedian told Harper’s Bazaar.
Lizzo On Self-Love
The music queen tweeted, “Loving yourself don’t happen overnight.. self-hate is years of internalized programming from external influences... sometimes self-hate is chemical & effects ya mentally/emotionally.. give your growth time— it took me 10 years and I’m still not 100% there.”
Jacinda Ardern On Being Real With Yourself
“Never feel like you have to tick all of the boxes on everything to be able to feel like you can do a job. I have heard it said many times before and it is so true. If you sit and wait to feel like you are the most confident person in the room you are probably going to be left by yourself,” says the Prime Minister of New Zealand to Forbes.
Tones And I On Tackling Trolls
“The parts I don’t like are people picking you apart,” the ARIA-award-winner told Billboard. “People being able to have so many opinions of you without meeting you, which I know is a part of it, but you don’t realize what that’s going to be like. You just have to block it out. You just have to be strong and set a good example.”
Amy Schumer On Body Image
“It's really exciting for me to be in a position to say, what about loving yourself how you are,” the comedian said in an interview with US Today Show. “What about saying this is how I look and I'm beautiful and I'm strong . . . You're not going to be what everybody loves. But you have to love yourself. Making the decision to do that is something you can actually do."'
Greta Thunberg On Rising Above
"When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you're winning!" the climate activist wrote on Instagram. “I have Asperger’s syndrome and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. And given the right circumstances, being different is a superpower.”
Sophie Turner On Mental Health
"I understand your pain. Trust me, I do. I’ve seen people go from the darkest moments in their lives to living a happy, fulfilling life," Turner wrote in a 2018 tweet for World Mental Health Day. "You can do it too. I believe in you. You are not a burden. You will NEVER BE a burden."
Mallrat On Making Shit Happen
“So much crazy shit has happened that I once thought was impossible,” the Aussie singer told The Fader. “Anything is possible if you just say that you’re going to do it. That’s honestly such a lifehack.”
Margot Robbie On What She’d Tell Her Younger Self
“I would tell her, ‘you are actually good enough.’ The biggest thing for me was I had this imposter syndrome. I still get it sometimes and think everyone will realise, and ask ‘how did you get here? You are not good enough for this. Who let you in?’ I would sit her down and say ‘you are good enough; you are going to have to keep working really hard, but you can do it,” the actress and producer tells Glamour.
Rihanna On Doing You
“[I took] control of my vision, my sound, my clothes [and] embraced change along the way—things that make me a better woman, a better human being,” the singer turned designer told the New York Times. “Like, even the way I communicate: I’m really proud of my growth on that. I’m proud to walk into any building as this person. Nothing about me makes me embarrassed about me.”
Tavi Gevinson On Imposter Syndrome
“Impostor syndrome is the bane of my existence. I look to my role models and remember that nobody, no matter how ‘aw shucks’ they seem in interviews, can get anything done without, well, believing in themselves,” the fashion blogger wrote on Reddit. “I try to stay so inspired to get work done that there isn’t even time to be insecure about it, I just have to do it … I also have playlists (mostly Kanye, also some Fiona Apple and Eve and Kelly Rowland and much more).”
Taylor Swift On Conquering Self-Doubt
"Self-doubt can be like falling down a rabbit hole, and it's hard to tell whether it will end in some new epiphany or in feeling lost and defeated," the singer wrote on a fan's Instagram account. "You have to be the judge of when to just take it easy on yourself.”
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