For some, just knowing it’s a new year is enough to light a fire inside you. For others, well, it takes a little more. No pressure—we’ve all been there. But there’s nothing we appreciate more than a little inspiration to get the wheels turning, to spark an idea, or simply to feel excited about what's to come. And with this in mind, we rounded up nine quotes we think will do just that.
>From inside and out of the fashion industry over the past year, the quotes and advice ahead are not exclusive to style. Instead, they touch on many parts of a woman's life. Hopefully, you'll find at least one personal piece to walk away with and remember for all of 2017.
>Scroll down for our nine favorite quotes to live by and learn from.
"I just want to use what happened to me to show that it's everyone's right, and it can be empowering, to be able to defend yourself."
The top model penned an essay for Lenny Letter to make it clear that every woman has a right to defend herself and ensure her safety, just as she had done last year at Milan Fashion Week.
"I think that the work that's left to be done―and I see the end in sight at this point―is to just let go and stop talking about it. It's definitely 'stop talking about the whole size thing.' I don't go to my girlfriend's house and say, 'Hey, I'm your big friend, let's talk about big things.' It's not a topic of conversation within my friend group—I'm ready for society, Hollywood, the press, magazines, everyone, to just catch up and say, 'These women are just like the women we've been using for so long. Let's just throw them into the mix and stop talking about it.'"
While Ashley Graham landed on the cover of last year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and made history as the first plus-size model to do so, she also continues to inspire us with her message of body positivity becoming the norm, as she expressed to Elle magazine.
"I believe fashion should not impose itself on the person who wears it, but be used by them as a way to express themselves."
The new—and first female—creative director of Dior reminds us of the power of self-expression in this statement to The New York Times.
"When they go low, we go high."
The First Lady's speech at last year's Democratic National Convention left everyone in the country with a mantra that works across the board—despite political affiliation or walks of life.
"I think if a woman has her own style and knows who she is, she doesn't have to dress for being 60 or 20 or 90."
Frankly, we should live by so much of Apfel's advice. But this idea, as told to Fashionista, definitely hits a chord when it comes to the common notion of dressing for your age.
"I never want to be the one who says, 'You can’t sit with us'—regardless of age, income, color, size."
Lady Gaga's stylist became a top choice last year for the red carpet. Just ask Karlie Kloss, Kerry Washington, Naomi Campbell, FLOTUS, and the pop star herself. And since we predict that Maxwell's eponymous label will only grow further this year, we're glad it's with this POV, that he expressed to Vogue last October.
"For me, success is having the opportunity to pursue my passions, especially those that can impact other people."
The busiest supermodel/coder/Bill Nye co-star/NYU student/cookie maker in the world gives us a measurement of success that's not just about personal achievement.
"I can't imagine a catwalk that doesn’t represent all the cultures that I can represent with my fashion, and this for me is the most important thing… When you see a show and there are no colors in the show and they call that modern or chic, I wouldn’t call that modern. I’m sorry. Diversity is what is today. It is what is the actuality."
In a conversation at The Met, Olivier Rousteing gave us this inspiring perspective on what it really means to be "modern" and "chic" in the fashion industry today.
"It doesn't matter so much what everyone else thinks. Whether I was being kind of naughty and tough or people-pleasing, I was always reacting so much to the people around me. None of it was about, 'I'm going to give myself what I actually need.' It's only started for me in the last year to think when I wake up, 'What do I want out of this day?' or, 'What would feel good to me?' That isn't selfish; it makes you a better friend, partner, coworker—it makes you better at everything to check in with yourself in a real way."
The Girls' creator reflected on her 21-year-old self and provided some advice we could all follow, in her talk last year with Refinery29.
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