One thing that is missing from the vision boards is what happens when you don’t get what you want. Your ability to adapt to failure, and navigate your way out of it, absolutely 100 percent makes you who you are.
Quoted and featured in Glamour Magazine, April 2015
Photography by Mark Seliger
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“People will tell you to go out there and be successful, but they forget to tell you that success means different things to everyone… It’s about being kind and making choices that are going to help you – and others- live a fantastic life filled with integrity and respect… Also remember that you are strong, beautiful, smart and independent enough to make your dreams come true…Believe in yourself and in the power of hard work, but remember that life isn’t a race.”
Gina Rodriguez, quoted in Seventeen Magazine
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I’m just like anybody else, insecure and scared of looking bad or being criticized…I want women to love themselves whatever they’ve got going on.
Miranda Lambert | Marie Claire Magazine
My Commentary: Since I’m not much of a country music fan, I’ve never personally been a fan of Lambert’s music. However, as an individual, I admire her for her strength and confidence. She’s pushed past speculation of marital issues and in my eyes the most unfortunate aspect of the major media discussion recently was of her fluctuating weight. I can’t speak for everyone in the world, but I have my own comfortable weight range and when I get to the heavier end of that range is generally when I start eating a bit better and exercising more. That’s not to say that my weight, or anyone else’s weight, should be such a constant and negative conversation that has such an important impact on the lives of others. So what if someone is a bit heavy and they’ve put on weight? So what if we have a little jiggle and cellulite, it’s part of being a woman! We need to work harder to support women and do our best to not tear them down because of something as insignificant as if they can fit into a size 6 pant. ❤
Image and Quote found in Marie Claire Magazine
As an audience member I go to the movies a lot, and I want to see women portrayed like the ones I know – women who are really intelligent and strong and vulnerable. I’m not interested in playing a stereotype.
Jessica Chastain | InStyle Magazine
My Commentary: Another fabulous leading lady and role model. Jessica Chastain is strong, confident and extremely talented. It’s always interesting to read about what inspires actresses to take on the roles that they do. It’s inspiring to see that Jessica wants to portray strong, intelligent women, not just stereotypical roles. She has quite an impressive list of previous roles and she was fabulous in them. I look forward to seeing what roles she has taken on that will appear in theaters this year. ❤
Image Quote created by Arielle Joy: Photography and Quote found in InStyle Magazine
European standards of beauty are something that plague the entire world-the idea that darker skin is not beautiful.
Lupita Nyong’o | A Glamour Magazine Woman of the Year 2014
My Commentary: Lupita is one of the most inspiring actresses in Hollywood right now. Not only is she extremely talented on screen and behind the camera, she is just as compassionate and passionate off-screen as well. It’s inspiring to see the important roles she has taken on in her short introduction to the industry. From her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 12 Years a Slave, to becoming the first black celebrity to represent the”Face of Lancôme” luxury cosmetic brand, to gracing the cover of Vogue magazine, Lupita has become an inspiring lady. It is her strength, poise and passion that inspire me the most. Did I mention how beautiful she is?! One of the quotes from the Glamour Woman of the Year story that caught my eye was that even in our present day, light skin is still perceived as the ideal beauty; this is a terrible ‘ideal’. We need to recognize that there are so many kinds of beauty and that it comes in all colors. ❤
Image Quote created by Arielle Joy: Photography and Quote found in Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year 2014 edition