Here are 18 of the best, most inspirational quotes from Elle's Women in Hollywood Awards, which was made possible by Calvin Klein Collection, L’Oréal Paris and David Yurman.
"To be happy and comfortable in my own skin instead of striving for some other version of myself."
Perfect advice for young girls struggling with body image issues — and perfect advice from a powerful woman who refuses to conform to Hollywood's unrealistic standards.
"Having the self-esteem and the confidence to attack the world."
No better woman to talk about attacking the world than Schumer. Right now, it's her world and we're all just living in it.
She loves her body. She's not ashamed of her body. Deal with it, people.
"The audience should run to see films that are made by women and that are about women."
With movies like Bridesmaids and the upcoming Ghostbusters, we're getting there. But we've still got a ways to go.
"Every day... The first step towards change is awareness. There's a lot more now than there has been. It's hardly enough and there's more to do, but we can't get complacent."
It's unbelievable that such a strong and talented woman has to fight for things in her career every day, but in a way, also inspiring, because she does and she's making a huge difference in the industry — and in the world.
"To take a breath and enjoy."
Not something we hear every day, but so important to remember, regardless of what's going on. Moments, as we all know, are so fleeting.
"There are steps in the right direction, but I always think we can do more."
Yaaaasss. Like DuVernay said, let's not get complacent.
"I think the conversation is great, but it's gotta be followed by action. We're making progress, but we are far from there yet. What's great is the decibel level of the conversation."
Anyone else swoon a little from Goldwyn saying "we" when talking about women's equality?
"I've been put together with Spanx and makeup."
It's doubtful that Mulligan is "put together" that way, but gotta love her honesty.
"As long as women keep being strong and true to themselves, that's all we can do."
Because every women is strong — truly.
"Women need to create more. I know it's not always up to us, but we need to create more content. People take you seriously when you get a good paycheck."
Yes, they do. So, where's that good paycheck for everyone, Hollywood?
“How lucky I am because if adversity had not been in my shadow, if I didn't have it so f***ing hard, I would have never learned how to put a script together — and let me tell you, that script was impossible."
What an inspiring way to look at adversity. It's always a learning experience.
“I will not accept a reality that is f***ed-up and unfair. [It's important] to get angry and take adversity and transform it into your power. You make a change. I want to thank all the women in this room who have had the courage to stay on it and stick on it and have the dream to make the change — because I think because of this collective force of this generation, the change is happening now."
Hayek makes such a good point about not accepting what isn't right. Fight the good fight. Always.
"I wanted to do a butterfly to remind everyone because when adversity and trouble and chaos knocks on your door, and you feel like you are being diminished like a worm, do not worry. It only means that you’re just about to fly."
Wow. Such powerful words for when you're feeling down.
“I just want us to think about belonging. Think about who belongs, and welcoming people into that belonging. I feel like I belong tonight even though I’m the odd man out — odd man out only being that everyone else is a size 2. Maybe me and you, Amy!”
Love that DuVernay feels like she belongs — as she should.
"With Salma, what you see is what you get, and what you see is strength, beauty and truth. She exudes confidence and presence. Salma comforts you, but she also challenges you. She will agree with you and disagree with you all in one conversation. But she will always make you feel safe and inspired. She’s on your team, and you can’t ask for a more extraordinary person to have on your side."
Beautiful words of one woman supporting another.
"My own personal Women of the Year is my 15-year-old daughter, Mia, who looks at herself in the mirror every day and tells me she’s happy being her."
No mother could ever want more than that.
"To all the women in Hollywood, I just need to say: It’s not that there aren’t opportunities, it’s just that Amy Schumer took them all."
He may have a point!
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